Corsas from 2007-2014 have impressive interiors and ride comfort, and build quality is decent, too. There's lots of competition in its segment on the used car market from plenty of good rivals, such as the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Mazda 2, but the Corsa is brilliant value.
One of the drawbacks of buying a new Vauxhall Corsa is that it suffers from heavy depreciation. However, on the used market, this is great news for those hunting for a bargain.
How much should I pay?
It might not be the most exciting hatchback, but you won’t be short on choices in the second-hand market. A high-mileage 2007 model can be had for around £1500, and this price range mostly gets you either the 1.2-litre or 1.4-litre engines.
Up your budget to £2000 and you will have more choice of low-mileage models; it’s worth noting there’s not much difference in price between three-door and five-door models.
If you’re after cheap thrills, then the hot hatch Corsa VXR is available for around £4000, which is very good value.
Which version should I go for?
Our favourite used Corsa is the 1.4 in Design trim. The 1.4-litre engine is a good choice if you’re likely to be doing a combination of town and motorway driving, but if you’re likely to only use it as a town runaround then one of the smaller 1.0-litre or 1.2-litre engined models will be fine.
If it’s diesel power you’re after, then we’d avoid the 1.7-litre diesel because the 1.3-litre diesel offers decent performance and brilliant fuel economy, so it’s all you’ll need.
If performance is your main concern, then the 192bhp Corsa VXR is certainly worth consideration.
Design trim is our favourite because it comes with 16in alloys, electric front windows, air-con and Isofix child seat mounts, which are important for family buyers. There are many other trim choices, too, so if your budget can stretch to it then take a look at some of the higher levels to get a bit more kit.
Does the Corsa have any problems?
The Corsa should be a pretty reliable car, but it does have some common problems that you should be aware of.
One of the main things to check on a used Corsa is that the stereo screen works. A replacement costs £300, or £900 if sat-nav is fitted. Also make sure you change the oil in the gearbox at every service to stop the bearings getting worn, and look out for suspension top mounts – these may need replacing after just a few years, although they aren’t expensive to sort.
As with every used buy, make sure the car you buy comes with a full service history and logbook.
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