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Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 review

  • Lowest CO2-emitting diesel Vauxhall ever
  • Just 88g/km of CO2; average economy of 85.6mpg
  • On sale now, priced from 14,340
Words ByEuan Doig

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The Vauxhall Corsa is undeniably sporting a few grey hairs, but the old stager still has plenty of appeal, not least because its updated 1.3-litre diesel engine sports some impressive on-paper stats.

The three-door version claims an average economy of 85.6mpg and emits just 88g/km of CO2, which puts it in the 13% band for company car taxation.

What's the 2013 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 like to drive?
The 2013 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 is most at home within the confines of the city. It has simple controls, and there's enough mid-range punch to make keeping up with traffic a stress-free task.

The steering is light and accurate, which makes parking and back-street ducking and diving simple, while the brakes are light and easy to moderate.

There are a couple of downsides, though. The clutch is spongy and imprecise and the gearshift itself can be a touch notchy.

As for the engine, it's as gruff as your average billy goat, both when you're accelerating and when you're travelling along at a high-speed cruise.

There's a bit of road noise generated by the low-rolling-resistance tyres, too, but wind noise isn't a problem even on the motorway.

Vauxhall has softened the Corsa's suspension, so the ride is pretty good. It isn't like you pay for the softer ride with poor body control either, because the Corsa corners pretty neatly.

What's the 2013 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 like inside?
The Vauxhall Corsa has always had a big-car feel from behind the wheel. Its dashboard is clear and well laid out, and all of the controls are easy to find and use.

There's decent space for four adults, too, and five will fit as long as they're prepared to get a little intimate.

The boot is big enough to deal with a weekly shopping extravaganza (just), but you'll need to go for SE trim and upwards if you want split-folding rear seats. You can also specify a variable-height boot floor that enhances practicality.

Should I buy one?
The average economy of 85.6mpg will keep private buyers happy, and the 13% company car tax banding will please business users, too.

You'll pay fairly dearly to have such conscience-pleasing eco credentials though, because the basic price for the Corsa with this engine is 14,340. Not cheap, although roughly the same as you'll pay for eco versions of the Corsa's main rivals, the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio.

Therein lies the Corsa's problem these days. The Fiesta and Clio costs roughly the same, are just as economical and cheap to run for company users, yet are also better to drive.

What Car? says...

Rivals:
Ford Fiesta
Renault Clio

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Specification
Engine size 1.3-litre diesel
Price from 14,340
Power 94bhp
Torque 140lb ft
0-62mph 12.3 seconds
Top speed 110mph
Fuel economy 85.6mpg
CO2 88g/km

By Euan Doig