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For decades now, the Vauxhall Corsa has sold in huge numbers. Oh, what the British brand would give for the Vauxhall Corsa-e to have a similarly seismic impact on the electric car market.
The electric Corsa has enjoyed a bit of a head start in life; it shares oily bits (and electric bits) with the Peugeot e-208, in much the same way that petrol and diesel versions of the Corsa and 208 are alike. The main difference between them is, obviously, the styling.
Compared with the conventionally powered Corsa, the Corsa-e has a slightly longer wheelbase, its rear axle has been pushed farther back to help accommodate the sizeable 50kWh battery that’s packaged in an H pattern under the front and rear seats. The suspension and steering has also been tuned differently to cope with the substantial weight added by the battery pack.
With a couple of trim level choices available, the Corsa-e joins what is a fast-growing small electric car market. That means, along with the e-208, it is up against cars like the Mini Electric, Renault Zoe, Honda E and Seat Mii Electric among others.
While maximum electric range is a big buying motive for many, it’s not necessarily the only factor that determines an electric car’s appeal. So, does the Corsa-e strike a perfect mass-market electric car balance? Read on to find out, and to see how it compares with its rivals. And don’t forget, whatever car takes your fancy, our New Car Deals pages can make owning it easier than you think.