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For The engine suits the car well and is pretty economical. The Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i VVT SRi AC gets a sporty makeover, with revised suspension, air-con, alloy wheels and a VXR styling kit.

Against The lowered suspension and big wheels make the ride too firm. The Corsa is also quite a heavy supermini, so the 1.4 could use a tad more oomph.

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

The Vauxhall Corsa 1.4i VVT SRi AC has the engine of choice, but we’d drop to Exclusiv AC trim and save some cash. Or, if you want something genuinely sporty, get a more powerful engine.

What Car? readers say

3.513514


Key facts

0–60mph
11.9 secs
Top speed
112 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:

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

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.2i 16v SXi 3dr

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…

ANDREW WALLACE

2 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.3 CDTi 75 Club AC 5dr

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…

Oliver Webster

2 out of 5 stars
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