2019 Vauxhall Corsa – what we know so far

Vauxhall's big-selling small hatchback is getting a fresh look, a new range of engines and even an all-electric model...

Vauxhall Corsa
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Georgia Coles
5 Dec 2017 11:30
Vauxhall Corsa

We've become used to seeing small cars launched with 1.0-litre petrol engines as their mainstay options, but the Corsa will be offered primarily with the same 1.2-litre petrol unit we recommend in a variety of Peugeot models, in a range of outputs. Indeed, our recommended version of the 5008 large SUV is powered by this engine.

Want an all-electric version? You won't have long to wait. The appropriately named eCorsa will arrive later next year, with an anticipated range of around 250 miles. That means Vauxhall will beat Ford to the post with a small electric car, because the Fiesta isn't expected to get an electric variant for many years to come.

The Peugeot 208 is also getting an electric variant, and both will face off against established electric hatchbacks including the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.

Speedy development

Despite being based on an all-new platform, the upcoming Corsa isn't expected to be dramatically larger in any direction than the current car, because Vauxhall officials believe it's already the right size for small car buyers.

That doesn't mean it won't offer more room, however, because clever packaging is likely to liberate more space for both the boot and rear passengers. Boot volume is one area where the current Corsa struggles, because its available space is smaller than that in its chief rival, the Ford Fiesta.

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