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Even if you haven’t owned a Vauxhall Corsa you've almost certainly been a passenger in one. That’s because this small car has long been one of the biggest selling models around, appealing to everyone, from teenagers to pensioners.
But why do people love it so much? Well, because Vauxhall has mastered the art of providing its cars with engine and trim choices that fit every budget and need.
The latest Corsa is too new to feature in our Reliability Survey, but Vauxhall’s reputation doesn’t bode well; it finished in joint 22nd place out of 30 manufacturers rated. Every Corsa does come with a three-year/60,000 mile warranty - average, but less than Hyundai, Kia or Renault. Read more here
The Corsa is competent rather than good; doing a reasonable job in most areas but outstanding in none. A Peugeot 208 is more comfortable and plush inside, A Ford Fiesta more fun to drive and a VW Polo more spacious. Read our full verdict here
The best engine option for the Corsa is the 1.2 Turbo. It has 99bhp, decent acceleration compared to the entry-level model and is at home on the motorway. We suggest pairing it with the GS Line trim level, which is mid-range and adds the likes of 17in alloys, rear parking sensors, and automatic high-beam headlights to the mix. Read more here
We rate the Fiesta (four stars out of five) over the Corsa (three stars). The Fiesta stands out for being superb to drive, smart inside and coming with plenty of standard kit. In contrast the Corsa is notable for being a decent all-rounder rather than being outstanding in any area. Read more here
The Corsa scored four out of five stars for safety when tested by experts Euro NCAP. That’s less than some rivals, such as the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza and VW Polo. However, it does have a storing list of standard safety equipment, including lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking (AEB). Read more here
The Corsa has long been favoured by young drivers, chiefly because lower-end models attract relatively cheap insurance premiums. This latest Corsa is no different, and also delivers a reasonable safety rating and strong fuel economy to lower running costs. Read more here
The Corsa just eclipses the Ford Fiesta for boot space, which puts it near the top of its class. However, if room is a priority the Honda Jazz, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo have more room. It’s also a shame there’s no height-adjustable boot floor to easy loading and unloading. Read more here
|RRP price range||£17,440 - £31,910|
|Number of trims (see all)||4|
|Number of engines (see all)||4|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol, electric|
|MPG range across all versions||48.7 - 53.3|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£59 / £1,452|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£117 / £2,904|