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Vauxhall Corsa long-term review

Does the new Vauxhall Corsa have what it takes to topple Ford's Fiesta as the best-selling car in the UK? We're running one for six months to find out...

Vauxhall Corsa long-term review
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Darren Moss
13 Mar 2015 13:00

The new Vauxhall Corsa has been set a very simple mission: beat the Ford Fiesta as the best-selling car in the UK.

In December 2014, a Corsa joined the What Car? long-term test fleet for six months so we could see whether it had mass market potential.

The car Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 SRi VX-Line
Run by Darren Moss, content editor
Needs to Be comfortable and economical on the weekly commute, but also capable of taking on longer journeys
Run by What Car? since December 2014

My rating 

What's it like?

Our first impressions were good. In particular, I was a fan of the new model's updated styling. The old Corsa was beginning to show its age next to modern-looking rivals, but Vauxhall has successfully given the new model a second lease of life.

That said, some areas have suffered with daily use. A metallic covering for the clutch pedal has fallen off and the door cards have become scuffed.

Daily driving

My commute is all of seven miles, mostly through stop-start traffic, and my first proper 'trip' in the new Corsa was to take it into central London. Straight away, I found the 1.0-litre engine smooth and responsive, although it needs to be worked hard if you're to make decent progress.

After a few weeks of town driving and the occasional motorway journey, we've improved our initial 35mpg economy to over 38mpg, which is impressive, but still some way off the 47.1mpg Vauxhall claims for urban driving.

What's the equipment like?

Our VX-Line model is well equipped, with standard features such as Vauxhall's Intellilink infotainment system, automatic wipers and lights, cruise control, a subtle body kit and 17in alloy wheels.

The Intellilink system is easily navigated and the graphics look good. One sticking point is the satellite navigation, which requires a link to your mobile phone in order to work. The app crashed twice while we were downloading and installing it, and it's a little clunky to use. The system also lost its way around the narrow streets of central London.

Practicality

Our three-door Corsa offers 285 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place - plenty for the weekly shop or two suitcases.

The absence of rear doors does make getting into the back a delicate process, though, and once seated rear passengers won't find much legroom on offer. It's fine for small journeys, however.

Vauxhall Corsa fuel economy

We're averaging around 38mpg so far, but Vauxhall's official figures say we should be getting 65.1mpg on the motorway, 47.1mpg in the city and 57.6mpg combined. Even with our greenest driving shoes on, we're struggling to get past 40mpg.

Price

The list price for our car is £14,460, but the What Car? Target Price places this Corsa at around £13,000. The new Corsa range starts at £8995.

Vauxhall Corsa problems

There's been only one fault with our Corsa so far, and it was partly down to human error. Over the Christmas break our test car was left standing for a few days in cold weather, and its battery went completely flat. 

A jump start brought the car back to life, however, and there have been no electrical problems since.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 SRi VC-Line statistics
Price £14,460
Target Price Click here

Mileage to date 4400
Fuel economy 38.3mpg
True MPG tbc
Emissions/company car tax 115g/km/16%
Cost per mile tbc
Insurance group 12
Typical quote £435