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For The Vauxhall Corsa 1.2i VVT SXi has a welcome step up in power and refinement from the 1.0, and this 1.2 is almost as economical. SXi models have sporty extras such as 16-inch alloys and front foglights.

Against The 1.2-litre engine needs to be worked hard – especially on faster roads. Stability control costs extra.

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

The Vauxhall Corsa 1.2i VVT SXi is a better bet than the 1.0, but we’d still pay extra for the 1.4. SXi trim appeals to younger buyers, but the sporty styling comes at the expense of more worthwhile kit.

What Car? readers say

3.52


Key facts

0–60mph
13.6 secs
Top speed
107 mph
Average mpg
51.4
Tank range
509 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

When it came out, the Vauxhall Corsa was What Car?’s Car of the Year, and even now it’s still an impressive package, offering great value for money.

The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo have overtaken it, but its blend of space, quality and refinement means it’s still up with the best.

The Vauxhall Corsa is quite a heavy car, however, so you’re best to steer clear of the smallest engines, which struggle once you’re out of town.

The punchy 1.3-litre diesels suit the car well, but they’re expensive to buy, so we think the best balance overall is the 1.4-litre petrol engine. It gives decent performance and is pretty economical.

Similarly, you’re better off avoiding the most basic trims, which look rather spartan. Instead, go for the mid-range Exclusiv with air-con, which supplies the best balance of kit and cost.

Reader test team says:

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I bought my 2012 Corsa in January and I love owning this car! However, I have had problems with the clutch, I purchased the car with 15,800 miles on…

Jamie Kline

4 out of 5 stars

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Sick to death of people slateing the corsa this is my third. Always had the 1.4 but this 1.4turbo is great. Cheap to run, plenty of power bags of…

brian johnson

4 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.4i 16v SXi 3dr

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…

Neil Oxley

1 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.0i 12v Expression 3dr

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,…

Peter Brunger

4 out of 5 stars
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