The interior layout, fit and finish
Inside, the Corsa-e’s design does little to stir the soul, displaying about as much character as a corporate airport hotel room. There’s little wrong with its quality, which is robust throughout, but it looks especially sober compared to the exuberant interior of the Peugeot e-208. The driving position is better than that of its Peugeot cousin, though; the e-208 has a small steering wheel that you’re supposed to look over rather than through, but restricted visibility of the instrument display behind it can cause issues for some drivers. Instead, the Corsa-e has a more traditional layout that’s likely to suit everyone. Analogue dials come as standard for the driver display, these being swapped for a fully digital screen on top Elite Nav trim.
The infotainment system graphics look a bit Windows 95, though, and its touchscreen doesn’t have the swish, easy responsiveness to it that the best rivals’ screens have. At least the air-conditioning controls aren’t buried within submenus on the touchscreen like they are in the e-208, you get simple physical dials instead. The other good news is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration come as standard.