The majority of people will be able to get comfortable in the Corsa, provided they’re in one of the models that have seat-height adjustment (all but the most basic Life versions, in other words). Even then, the driver’s seat is short of lower-back support, and very long-legged drivers may find the seat doesn’t go back far enough.
The air-con controls are simple, but the colour touch-screen can be a bit confusing and slow to respond. Many menus are controlled on the driver’s readout via a rotary switch on the indicator stalk.
Vauxhall Corsa visibility
The Corsa’s fairly thick front pillars are quite raked back, so they can obscure your view of junctions a bit more often than, say, a Skoda Fabia’s or Volkswagen Polo’s, both of which set the standard for an all-round clear view out.
Similarly, chunky pillars at the back can make your view to the Vauxhall’s rear three quarters a bit limited, but it’s no worse than most cars in this class.
Unfortunately, only top-spec SE gets parking sensors (front and rear) as standard, although these are an affordable option on the rest of the range. There is also an Advance Park Assist option, which steers the car into a space while you operate the pedals. This comes as part of a reasonably priced pack that also includes standard audible parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system.
Vauxhall Corsa infotainment
Basic Life models get a very basic FM/AM stereo with an auxiliary input, while Sting models go a bit further and add a CD player and USB socket. The limited display means there will be a lot of scrolling involved if you’ve got a hefty music collection.
Most buyers will want to go for Excite trim or up, which get Vauxhall’s Intellilink system with a 7.0in colour touchscreen. The system includes DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB, but its main trick is to function as an extension of your Smartphone – Apple or Android. Download Vauxhall’s free nav App, named BringGo, and you can run the sat-nav on the car’s screen even without mobile internet, because the mapping is stored on the phone. There are various other digital radio apps, too. The benefit of this is that the system is easy to personalise, and the software is upgraded when your phone is. The downside is that the efficiency of it very much depends on how good your phone is, so the end experience will vary greatly.
Even when Intellilink is functioning well, there are issues with the system, such as the touch-sensitive volume control buttons; they’re very easy to touch accidentally if you rest your hand there when prodding the screen. The menu layouts are a bit tricky to get used to, and the system can be slow to respond to your touch.
Vauxhall Corsa build quality
A variety of textured materials, including gloss-finish trim and cushioned rests on the front doors, make the Corsa’s interior look smart and feel of a good quality – better than many of the budget options in this class. Even so, the odd sharp edge around the seat adjustments, and a few brittle-feeling plastics in obvious areas mean it still falls short of the VW Polo in this area.