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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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150 reader reviews for Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.3 CDTi 75 Club 3dr

    James Piechowski , Buckinghamshire . Date: 30/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have test driven a 1.3 Diesel Club 3-door. Interior quality is superb. The 3-door bodystyle offers plenty of space. The engine can cope with hills and is nippy enough in town, but is best for cruising. The car drives and rides beautifully, although the designers may have concentrated too much on this aspect and neglected a few other areas that some rivals have covered.

    The reflection of the silver centre console in the windscreen is severe, and quite distracting. It can only be avoided by buying expensive Design trim, which uses a black insert. The glovebox is too small to be really useful, and the car now has only 2 rear head rests against the old model’s 3. The fuel tank is also too small, increasing the amount of time you will have to spend at the pumps. The level of standard equipment can be meagre, as you must pay £500 for air-con and an extra £450 to get alloys/fogs/trip computer even on Club spec.

    For diesel buyers the Corsa is not as attractive as some, with no model in the golden £50 a year tax “B” bracket, and only expensive buying options – the 90bhp engine is not available in Club spec. Overall the car is very good, but Car of the Year or no, when the Clio offers more than adequate ride and quality, with bigger discounts and does not have the same issues, the choice becomes less clear to me!

  • 1.2i 16v Club 3dr

    Scott Powles , Somerset . Date: 30/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I learnt to drive in a 2003 Corsa, which was a beast of a car. So I watched with bated breath when I seen the previews ect of the new model. I even went to the motor show to specifical see the new car at its launch. Vauxhalls comitment to Britain was clearly demonstrated by the lauching of the Corsa in London. I recently visited my local dealer to test drive the car and tested a 1.2 Club model. The handeling was brillant, the accelleration more than ample and overall drivability was ace. This car is perfect for most peoples needs. I spent alot of time in my car and will be looking to purchase a new Corsa by the end of the year. Well done Vauxhall!!!

  • 1.2i 16v Club AC 5dr

    John Gibbard Date: 28/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car for approx 2 weeks and it drives like a "dead pig" - I traded in my P reg corsa 1.2 for this and to be honest the performance and cost of running ( cannot really compare yet over 2 weeks but does not look good ) was better on the old car. Around town I was getting approx 40mpg - with this new one it lokks as if it will be approx 37mpg - torque ratio settings mean less 'ooomph', for overtaking, with this than the older version ( maybe it is the bigger body ) - but my main objection is the reflection of the dashboard trim in the windscreen - it is annoying and is so ' in your face ' that I cosider it to be a safety hazard - a couple of time my wife has been distracted by the reflection when driving. I have contacted Vauxhall about this and they have stated that they have received a large amount of complaints on this issue - so how come no-one has mentioned it here ?? - Good points, brakes !!!!

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