What will they cost?
As we’ve already mentioned, the Ford Fiesta ST is more expensive than the Vauxhall Corsa VXR. In our comparison of two-year-old cars with average mileage and a full service history, we found that it’ll cost you around £1500 more in order to get behind the wheel of the Fiesta. However, it’s also worth noting that the Fiesta was introduced earlier, so if you’re buying on a budget and you’re prepared to accept an older car it might still be the one you can best afford.
However, some of that extra cost will be mitigated by the Fiesta’s considerably better fuel economy. Official tests give the Fiesta an average combined consumption figure of 47.9mpg, which compares very favourably with the Corsa’s 37.7mpg, and in the real world, while neither car lives up to its figures, we’ve found that gap to be accurate, give or take a couple of miles per gallon.
The big disparity between official fuel consumption figures also means a big gap in tax costs – assuming you’re choosing a car registered before the tax rules changed in April 2017, that is. The Fiesta’s 138g/km CO2 emissions figure results in an annual tax cost of £135 – however, the Corsa kicks out a whopping 174g/km, meaning it’ll cost you £220 a year to tax.
You’ll find little to choose between these two in terms of reliability, and the same goes for servicing and repair costs. However, Vauxhall offers a 15% discount on its main-dealer pricing for cars aged between two and three years old, whereas Ford’s servicing discounts don’t kick in until three years old. That said, Ford’s menu pricing scheme for cars of that age and older means every Ford dealer will charge you the same; Vauxhall’s offering of 25% off means there might be disparities from dealer to dealer, meaning it’ll make sense for you to shop around.
Both cars are reasonably well equipped, with a heated windscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and air conditioning fitted as standard. On top of that, the Corsa adds xenon headlights and cruise control, while the Fiesta counters with heated front seats and rear privacy glass. You’ll need to pay extra for sat-nav in either car; it’s cheaper in the Corsa but requires an app on your smartphone.
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