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Vauxhall Corsa-e review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD front right tracking
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD rear cornering
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD boot
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD front cornering
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD right panning
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD rear cornering wide
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD front right outdoor static
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD rear right outdoor static
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD front right tracking
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD rear cornering
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD boot
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD front cornering
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD right panning
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD rear cornering wide
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD front right outdoor static
  • Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD rear right outdoor static

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Corsa-e costs quite a bit more to buy than some small electric cars, such as the Seat Mii Electric, Skoda Citigo e iV and Volkswagen e-Up, but then you'd expect that; it's a bigger car that can travel a lot farther between charges. Indeed, prices are broadly in line with the similar-sized Renault Zoe and Mini Electric.

As you might expect, there’s very little to split the pricing between the Corsa-e and its Peugeot e-208 cousin. The Peugeot has a lower starting price, but that’s because it‘s offered with a lower level of standard equipment than the entry-level Corsa-e provides (and the e-208’s entry-level specification is the trim we’d avoid). It is worth noting, however, that the e-208 is predicted to depreciate at a much slower rate. 

The Corsa-e hasn’t been specifically tested by Euro NCAP, but the standard Corsa it’s based on achieved four stars out of five. That’s not brilliant; it lost points for doing a poor job at protecting front and rear seat passengers against whiplash. Thankfully, automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, and a driver drowsiness monitoring system come as standard. If you also want blind spot monitoring, you need to step up to Elite Nav. 

We haven’t got any reliability data on the Corsa-e yet, but we can tell you that Vauxhall as a manufacturer finished a poor 27th-place out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. Thankfully the Corsa-e is covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while its battery gets an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 RHD infotainment

Overview

Although some rivals can travel for longer on a charge and others are considerably cheaper, the Corsa-e is a great all-rounder and a fine car in its own right. It’s not quite as comfortable or as flashy inside as an e-208, but its slightly sharper handling and more conventional interior layout make it a convincing alternative.

  • Pleasant to drive
  • Well equipped
  • Capable of fast charging speeds
  • Drab interior design
  • Not the cheapest electric option
  • Renault Zoe goes further for the same money