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5 reasons to buy a Vauxhall Corsa

The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most popular small cars in the UK, and with good reason. Here are five reasons why you should buy one

Words ByDarren Moss

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The Vauxhall Corsa is among the most popular cars in the UK. In fact, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) currently lists it as the second best-selling car of 2016, behind the Ford Fiesta, its main rival.

Other big-name rivals for the Corsa include the Renault Clio and Skoda Fabia, while premium options in this market include the Volkswagen Polo. The Corsa is a great all-rounder, though, and has some of the lowest CO2 emissions in this class, making it a firm favourite with company car drivers.

So should you consider a Vauxhall Corsa as your next car? Here are five reasons to buy.

5 reasons to buy a Vauxhall Corsa

5. Roomy in the back

Most cars in this class struggle to carry adult passengers in the rear, but that's not the case with the Corsa. Most adults will be able to get comfortable on the rear bench, and it's only the very tall who will have their knees brushing against the front seats.

4. Economical and punchy engines

The Corsa's 1.0-litre petrol engine has all the power you're likely to need, and is among the most refined three-cylinder petrols in this class. It's also economical and has very low CO2 emissions.

3. Plenty of kit as standard

The list of standard equipment on most Corsa models is impressive, and our favourite SRi VX-Line trim brings automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and a colour touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio.

2. Competitive pricing

Vauxhall has kept the Corsa's pricing competitive against its rivals. With the range starting from £9745, the Corsa is £600 cheaper than the Ford Fiesta. There are plenty of discounts and finance offers around, too.

1. City steering

All Corsas get a 'city' button that lightens up the steering around town. It's a breeze to use and really makes urban motoring that bit more enjoyable.

The Corsa tends to lose its value quicker then some rivals, so that's something to consider when it's time to sell the car on. Also be aware that while the Corsa is a great all-rounder, most rivals will offer something better in one particular area. A VW Polo's interior is more thoughtfully laid out, for example, and the Fiesta is more engaging to drive.

What about buying used?

We were big fans of the previous Vauxhall Corsa. Launched in 2006, we named it our Car of the Year at the 2007 What Car? Awards.

Which version of the Corsa you buy will depend on what you want to use it for - if you'll be doing relatively low mileage around town, then stick to one of the small petol engines, but if you're planning high mileage and regular motorway use, then the 1.3-litre diesel is worth a look.

This is a seriously impressive supermini that offers comfortable and practical motoring, and it's also very affordable. A few high-mileage models have crept to below the £1500, but we'd budget around £2000 for more choice and lower mileage examples.

If you're after the sportier Corsa VXR, then the cheapest cars start at around £4000. The good news is that once you've bought your Corsa, it won't cost you a lot to live with. Running costs are relatively reasonable and it should also be cheap to insure - making it an ideal car for a new driver.

Click here to read our full used car review of the Vauxhall Corsa

What next?

Click here to find out more about the Vauxhall Corsa, or to see the used cars for sale through What Car? Classifieds, click here.

Our recommendation: 1.4T SRi 5dr [AC]


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