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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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148 reader reviews for Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback.
  • 1.4i 16v SXi 3dr

    Neil Oxley Date: 09/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is the family runabout, we have had it from new and we all hate it. It is woefully bad to drive; the ride is bouncy, the car squirms all over at motorway speeds so you do get tired (or downright annoyed) on a longer run and the car is noisy. I had a Ford Focus which was notoriously noisy on the run, but this is far, far worse. 1.4 engine has similar output to the old Focus, but is slower and thirstier - presumably as it over-revs on a run (3,500rpm to hold 70mph, vs. 3000 on the Ford). Come on Vauxhall! As a result, the runabout is proving expensive to run (recently used a full tank of fuel to do a little over 300 miles - which is on a par with my "Sunday" car, an SLK350). Cabin quality is iffy; there are some lousy plastics, the dash "creaks" as the badly fitting plastic fittings rub together (due to the bouncy/wandering ride), and the controls are seriously frustrating to use. The seats are also quite uncomfortable and it is cramped in the back. Reliability has been an issue and Vauxhall have been somewhat evasive in rectifying faults with minor equipment such as steering and brakes. Overall; dreadful car. Look elsewhere. The only reason we still have this thing is because it was a wreck from day one, so we can use it to take the dog out, move furniture, etc, and if it is wrecked it won't matter.

  • 1.0i 12v Expression 3dr

    Peter Brunger , . Date: 19/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    This car was bought new and has since covered 10600 miles. Being the ‘Excite’ edition it has alloys, fogs, b/tooth, e/windows, adjustable steering, height adjustable seat and aircon. Access to the rear is fine with help from the memory front seats and there’s space to get comfortable. In front there is plenty of room and the seats are both ample and comfortable. The trim fit and finish is durable and pleasant to look at. The adjustable wheel and seat allows a perfect seating position. All the controls are well weighted and easy to use but the the way indicator stalk works can be confusing. The 1.4 litre engine needs less gear changing about town than the 1.2 and has a useful amount of power for the open road. Good progress and 50mpg plus can be achieved by keeping below 3000rpm whilst higher engine speeds deliver sporting performance with reduced economy. Handling is very good in the wet and dry. It is stable and quiet at motorway speeds. Ride quality is excellent for a car of this type. Running costs and servicing costs are very reasonable. The only quality issues have been a faded seat cover and a rattle in the seat frame; both were replaced under warranty without quibble. Any further problems will be dealt with by the standard 10 year/100,000 mile warranty. Vauxhall’s can depreciate fast but I got a very large discount plus no deposit, zero percent interest finance over 5 years which offsets this risk. I am very satisfied with the car and the value it represents.

  • 1.2i 16v SXi 3dr

    ANDREW WALLACE , . Date: 16/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Ive had two of these the first being a 10 plate when it was 6 months old and had 6000 on the clock the second being a brand new one April 2012. The first car initially was fine but after going through a puddle the engine management light came on. The Vauxhall dealer found the engine management unit costing £850 had blown. It was swopped under warranty. At 12,000 miles the clutch began juddering. The dealer swopped the clutch and flywheel costing £900 under warranty. At 16,000 the clutch again began juddering. Hoping it was a bad car I part exchanged it for a brand new one same model April 2012. Blow me at 7000 the clutch started juddering. A new clutch was fitted under warranty. At 10,000 miles I had electrical problems and the rear shock began banging. Both fixed under warranty. At 19,500 miles the clutch began juddering again. The warranty only covers the clutch up until 18,000. I wasnt prepared to pay £900 every 6000-10,000 miles so the car was part exchanged for a new Fiesta. I really liked the Corsa but for the mechanical problems. At 18 months old although immaculate I lost just under £4500 on the car. All in all I liked the car but the mechanical problems once the warranty ran out was worrying and the car looses too much too quick. I won't buy another.

  • 1.3 CDTi 75 Club AC 5dr

    Oliver Webster , South Yorkshire . Date: 05/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    I have owned this car for almost 2 years, bought from a used dealer with 60k on and later found it was a ex rental car.... the insurance was cheap meaning when i transferred it over from my old car i actually got a refund! tax is great at £30 and the car averages about 48mpg around town and door to door driving as i sometimes do for work. however this car has cost me too much money so far! firstly the passenger window regulator broke costing me almost £3000 at a vauxhall dealer... then a engine management light started coming on once i changed my job which meant i wasnt doing a 20mile per day bypass commute, apparently this is the dpf... why put someone on a car thats only going to get blocked? its still going to blow out sut eventually anyway! then a few months ago the wheel bearing went at about 73k which i thought was reasonable and only cost me £75, then the engine light was coming on more so took it to a independant mechanic who charged me £270 to replace brakes, radiator, airflow meter, alternator belt, fuel pump seal and glow plug cables! which i find shocking on a 58 reg car with only 77k on and then to top it off... my drivers window regulator has now gone... meaning the cars parked up with the window taped up and i cant drive it due to it blocking my vision! i bought this car under the impression vauxhalls where reliable how wrong i was! however good points are power, economy and stereo! shame the club spec doesnt come with sculptured steel wheels like astra!

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