For It's spacious and well priced, and most versions are generously equipped as standard. There's a broad range of engines, including a refined and efficient three-cylinder petrol.
Against Some rivals, notably the VW Polo, hold their value better. The infotainment system is fiddly and the handling could be sharper.
What Car? says
Pick carefully from the Vauxhall Corsa range and you'll get a good small car. It's not quite the best in the class, but it’s a cheap private buy or company car, and is pleasant to live with.
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There are 59 Vauxhall Corsa versions available
Target Price team says:
The 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.4 four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines are the easiest to recommend. The 1.0 is refined and flexible, and pretty brisk in higher-powered guise, while the 1.4 is also fairly rapid and is cheaper – if not as hushed – as the 1.0-litre models.
Avoid the basic trim levels (which don't get air-con) or the high-end SE (which is too expensive) and you can't go far wrong. Excite or SRi will be best for most private buyers; they both get air-con, a colour touch-screen, Bluetooth, digital radio, USB input, alloy wheels, and automatic lights and wipers.
Excite can't be combined with the lower-powered 1.0 or the 1.4T engines, however. SRi can be had with our favoured engines at a good-value price, and it adds a 60/40-split rear bench, cruise control and a leather steering wheel.
Company car users will be better off going for Design, which is cheaper than SRi but does without alloys and automatic lights and wipers.
Reader test team says:
I used to own a vauxhall corsa 1.2 SXI and I changed for a fiat 500. Sorriest thing I ever did. My corsa was a head turner, great to look at. Spacious…
I would have no hesitation recommending avoiding Vauxhall altogether. I bought a Corsa brand new, looked after it, serviced regularly by Vauxhall…