I recently rented a new corsa as a hire car and it was awful. It was the worst car i've ever driven. I'm only 6foot tall but could barely fit in it, the visibility front and back is dangerously bad and the internal build quality looks incredably cheap.
The car has those stupid one position indicators which are impossible to turn off and extremely annoying.
The boot has a ridiculous hidden boot area with a massive lump of plastic covering the hidden part which is near impossible to manovre out of the car and there is nowhere in the car to store it. With it in place is reduces the boot size considerably to the extent i couldn't even fit a suitcase in there.
The worst part is the parcel shelf. I don't know what they have made these out of but it is covered in micro fibres like glass fibres which gave me blisters all over my hand and i'm still trying to extract 4 days later from my hand. These are actually a health hazard and i could not believe it but my hands are in tatters after trying to move the shelf in an attempt to put a single suitcase in the boot. This is a serious and major issue that vauxhall need to sort out, it is amazing they have used such a dangerous substance in a production model of a car.
On the plus side the model was an 'ecoflex' diesel version which did seem to give good mpg and the engine seemed comfortable on the motorway. its just a shame about the rest of the car!
A vast improvement on the old corsa apart from fact its got a Brilliant economical engine with the only downside of a 5 speed box when it has easily got the torque and power for a 6 speed box. as a result for its quickness the ratios are not brilliant with it revving at almost 3000rpm at 70, 2000rpm at just under 60, so for thoose motorway miles engine revving more than it needs. an advantage is that its quick of the mark around town. The new corsa is also more refined with alot less road noise, just engine noise suffers abit
I have had this car now for 1 week and, so far, I am very impressed with the car in general. The car is great to look at and also has a great specification. The black piano trim looks great, and really compliments the car. So far the running costs have been quite good. As the Corsa is a heavy car, the 1.2 engine sometimes struggles, but if you push it you can soon get it to move, and at a decent pace. There is only one thing that i have read about on other reviews that is strange, is that when going from 1st to 2nd gear, at around 4,000 rpm, it seems to rev itself up, with my foot off the accelorator. But all in all, I am so pleased with my car, even with the over-revving engine!
Having bought first corsa last march 56'reg found it had major electric faults after only 1month, would simply cut out after refueling.Once on busy road doing 60!After much hassle of trying to solve issue with dealer with no avail,contacted trading standards this seemed to alter things resulting in change of car.new car now 07 reg works fine only today had battery fault again dealership of no help,thank godness for quality LOCAL garage who offered help!simple problem - BATTERY WAS LOOSE!!!Apart from vauxhall themselves being useless!overall the car looks great, road handling and general feel of car when driving is not good,feels almost like your driving an old banger sometimes - feel every bump!I agree with previous comments about windscreen angle is ridiculous and front bars can prove a blind spot when dealing with roundabouts as they are ridculously over sized!Its safety features are top notch not that (touch wood) had to use them yet but it seems to ooze air bags! Boot space is sufficient. Not so great on petrol though!!
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