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). Every Corsa-e is pretty well equipped, with SE Nav getting sat-nav and the smartphone integration features we outlined earlier, as well as climate control, while Elite Nav adds heated seats and LED headlights.
To charge up from 0-100% using a wallbox at home (Vauxhall will supply one and fit it for you as part of the asking price) takes seven hours and 30 minutes – fine for an overnight charge. The car is also capable of charging at 100kW – so long as you can find a rapid charger in the UK – which will take it from 0-80% in just 30 minutes. You can charge it from a domestic three-pin socket, but this takes more than 24 hours, and you have to pay extra for that cable.
Vauxhall finished a poor 27th-place out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. The Corsa-e is covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty, while its battery gets an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.