Vauxhall Corsa review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The latest Corsa isn’t offered at the bargain prices that previous versions were, with list prices running close to rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza. However, Vauxhall is known for offering big discounts, so make sure you look at our New Car Buying to see what great savings are available.

You’re less likely to find a great deal on PCP finance, partly because the Corsa is predicted to have lower resale values than rivals like the Polo and Fiesta. As a result, don't expect the most competitive monthly payments unless Vauxhall provides a hefty contribution to help reduce your instalments.

The Corsa’s official CO2 emissions figures are impressively low among small cars, resulting in sensible benefit-in-kind tax ratings that could make it a tempting company car choice. Similarly, official fuel-economy figures are decent compared with class standards, too – the 99bhp 1.2 100 petrol engine officially returns over 50mpg, while the 1.5 102 Turbo D diesel over 70mpg – that's appealing if you're a high-mileage driver.

Equipment, options and extras

There is a rather confusing line up of trim levels for the Corsa. Essentially, you have four core specifications to choose from: SE, SRi, Elite Nav and range-topping Ultimate Nav. On most trims you can then add a Nav, Premium or a Nav Premium pack, each of which gives you a selection of extra features that Vauxhall has lumped together, and that you can’t specify individually. In fact, other than metallic paint and accessories, the only single option Vauxhall offers is a spare wheel.

Entry-level ‘SE’ trim has most of the everyday basics covered, including cruise control, 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric windows, and we've already talked about the infotainment and visibility aids you get. We still reckon it's worth paying the smallish hike in price to step up to the SE Premium if you can, because it'll earn you heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic lights and wipers, and, as we mentioned earlier, rear parking sensors.  

Most of the other trims start pushing the Corsa into the price bracket of far more appealing cars, so we'd avoid these.

Vauxhall Corsa 2019 infotainment RHD

Reliability

Vauxhall has a poor reliability record, finishing 27th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. While the latest Corsa is too new to have featured in the survey itself, past versions didn’t earn a great reputation; the previous generation finished second from bottom in the small car class, above only the previous Peugeot 208.

Every new Corsa comes with a three-year or 60,000-mile warranty. That's average for the class, because Hyundai and Renault cover you for five years, and Kia up to seven.

Safety and security

The Corsa is well provisioned with safety equipment. Lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, speed limit recognition, a driver fatigue alert system and automatic emergency braking are all standard across the range. Despite this, the model only managed a four-star safety rating from experts Euro NCAP, rather than the full five stars that most rivals, such as the Polo, Ibiza and Fiesta, were awarded. 

In the individual categories that make up the overall score, even the closely related Peugeot 208 (also a four-star car) scores higher than the Corsa in some areas. A particular area that NCAP identified where the 208 beats the Corsa is the whiplash protection it offers in low-speed impacts.

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Overview

The Vauxhall Corsa is a competent small car, but isn’t outstanding in any area. It isn’t as comfortable or as nice inside as the closely related Peugeot 208, not as fun to drive as a Ford Fiesta, nor as spacious as a Volkswagen Polo. It is at least well equipped and not too expensive, if you stick to our recommended trim.

  • Well equipped
  • Decent boot
  • Efficient engines
  • Laggy and confusing infotainment system
  • Below-par safety rating
  • Poor resale values

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