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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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149 reader reviews for Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback.
  • 1.4i 16v Design AC 5dr

    Graham Kinsley , kENT . Date: 15/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have an automatic with the Plus pack option - this is a fleet car and I have had it for just over a week, and everything about the care is good so far.

    My previous car was the previous Corsa model and there is a huge jump with this car.

    We have the piano-black fascia and, at first, the reflection from the black trim at night-time was a bit annoying, but like most things, you don't notice it after a short while.

    The only other things I find fault with is the headlight switch, which is almost hidden, and you have to move your head to the right to see it properly. Secondly, there is a mirror on the driver's visor but not on the front passenger's visor.

    These are my only complaints, which are very minor, and probably indicates how well the rest of the car performs.

    I'm very satisfied.

  • 1.4i 16v Club AC 5dr

    Chris Sheppard Date: 13/02/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this car for the last five days as a fleet demonstrator and I am impressed. My daily commute to work is an 82-mile round trip, about half of which is on the motorway - the rest a mixture of urban crawl and B roads. If you drive it gently (don't go over 65mph and change up as soon as possible) it can do 49mpg. I currently have a VW Polo 1.4TDi, which on the same journey does little better.

    In general, I thought the car is well put together and has good quality fittings. It seemed quite VW-like, but less dour. There's the odd 'low-rent' item though, like the interior light. The CD radio sound quality is very good.

    It's worth mentioning that my demo car had a slight electrical glitch - the electric windows seemed to drop slightly when the car was unlocked (sometimes)!

    The car came with the Plus pack (trip computer, cruise, alloys and fogs) - a £450 option which I think is worthwhile. It also came with reversing sensors, which worked well, though I'm not sure they're worth £250, given that the car has reasonably good rearward vision anyway.

    Performance-wise, though it's currently the biggest petrol engine (until the sporty one comes out later in 2007), it's not exactly brisk, being high geared - this does make the car quiet, however. If you stick your foot down and use higher revs, it will move fairly quickly, so long as you don't mind getting lower fuel economy.

    All in all, I think this is a good car and probably warrants its 'Car of the Year' accolade.

  • 1.3 CDTi 90 Design AC 3dr

    Zoran Zikic Date: 13/02/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had my Corsa for a little more than a month now. On the first day I fell in love with it! For a diesel it's very quiet and shows its best on the motorway. I test-drove the 1.2 petrol - no comparison.

    The suspension is very firm, which is a little uncomfortable on Serbian roads, but it's so stable that the ESP has not once intervened, even during aggressive turns. There is noticable turbo lag when accelerating fast, but it's not a big problem.

    The all-adjustable driving position is great and the heated seats and steering wheel make a dramatic difference during cold winter mornings - no more gloves! The hands-free bluetooth mobile phone connection functions perfectly and has superior sound quality.

    Front visibility is quite good, but although there is reflection from the dashboard, but I don't find it so intense, probably because it's black. Rear sensors make all the difference when parking in reverse. Curve-illuminating headlights are very helpful at night in poorly lit streets.

    Last, but not least, its stunning design turns heads all the time.

    I would like to thank What Car? - the excellent expert reviews were a great help in choosing this fantastic car over others in the same class.

  • 1.4i 16v Design AC 3dr

    Ian Turner , Conwy . Date: 12/02/2007
    • 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My daughter purchased a 1.4 Corsa Design but was horrified driving at night that her attention is distracted by the strobing from the reflection of the strip on the centre console. The black U-shaped strip reflects in the windscreen day and night, relecting the lights from street lamps. The quicker you drive, the faster the reflection gets and the more your eyesight is distracted from the road to the reflection.

    The dealer confirmed that Vauxhall are aware of this characteristic (is that another word for design fault?), but nothing has been decided as to what to do about it.

    The relection in the windscreen is not small, quite the contary. You cannot fail to have your attention drawn to it every time you drive the car.

    I would be interested to hear the thoughts of anyone else who is experiencing this problem, because if something isn't done to rectify this, the strobe effect could lead to someone having a fit whilst driving with the consequences being unthinkable.

    Yesterday my girlfriend took the 1.2 SXi Corsa for a test drive. She was horrified that her attention was drawn to the centre of the widscreen where she could see the reflection of the silver strip on the screen. She kept the car until it went dark and also had her attention drawn to the reflection of the silver strip in the centre of the screen from the street lamps.

    There is no way she would think of buying the car with that design problem and is writing to Vauxhall to tell them.

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