The interior layout, fit and finish
Although most people will be able to get comfortable in the Corsa VXR, not everyone will. If you’re tall, for example, the driver’s seat doesn’t slide back as far as it does in a Fiesta ST, leaving you short on leg room, and while the steering wheel moves in and out as well as up and down, again, the range of movement rearwards isn’t as good as in some rivals. There’s no footrest for your left leg, either. You do get height adjustment as standard, and the VXR’s sports seats are figure hugging but still comfortable on a long journey.
The rest of the dashboard is easy to use, though, with clear dials and a simple layout for the major controls, such as the heater.
The menus and the system’s responsiveness also make it easier to use than the Fiesta’s or the Renault’s, but even so, there are issues. The touch-sensitive control buttons underneath the screen, for example, are a bit fiddly to use on the move.
A variety of textured materials, including gloss-finish trim and cushioned rests on the front doors, make the VXR’s interior look and feel smart, and certainly much plusher than the Fiesta’s. One let down is that Vauxhall didn’t differentiate it more from regular Corsas, with a few more sporting flourishes to liven it up a bit.