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Vauxhall Corsa review

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Vauxhall Corsa
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10 Jun 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 28 Sep 2018 16:57

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback running costs

There are number of different trims and engines to choose from, so the Corsa ranges from temptingly cheap to very pricey indeed.

We reckon the pick of the range is the 1.4i Turbo 100 in SRi trim. This is priced well below equivalent versions of the Fiesta and Ibiza and roughly in line with the Fabia. The cheaper 1.4i 90 and Design trim are worth considering if you’re on a tighter budget.

If you’re buying on PCP finance, as most do, it’s best to check Vauxhall’s website regularly, because special terms are sometimes only available on certain trim levels. Generally, though, the Corsa will cost you slightly more per month than an equivalent Ibiza.

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback equipment

Vauxhall chops and changes trim levels quite often and usually has a selection of limited-edition models that offer plenty of kit for a reasonable price.

But if you want to keep things as cheap as possible, you’ll want Active trim, which gets you cruise control, electric front windows, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and a heated windscreen – but not a lot else.

We reckon SRi trim makes the most sense. This adds much-needed air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers and a much better infotainment system. Design and Energy trims are also worth a look, though.

SE trim, which adds heated front seats and OnStar automatic crash response, is a bit too pricey. We'd also avoid the optional Lux pack. This gets you loads of kit, including climate control and xenon headlights, but it’s very expensive.

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Vauxhall Corsa hatchback reliability

Vauxhall as a brand finished in the top third of the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, while the Corsa finished mid-table in the small car class. It was found to be more dependable than the Peugeot 208 but less reliable than the Fabia, Honda Jazz and Toyota Yaris.

All Corsas come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, along with 12 months of roadside recovery.

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback safety and security

All Corsas have six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring and hill start assist. Blindspot monitoring is available as an option (bundled in with a self-parking system).

Crucially, though, there’s no automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning or traffic sign recognition. Don’t pay too much attention to the four-star Euro NCAP safety result, either, because the test was conducted back in 2014, under a less stringent set of criteria.

And, disappointingly, you have to pay extra for an alarm on all trims.

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Verdict

The Vauxhall Corsa is keenly priced if you choose carefully, but it's outclassed by newer rivals in most other areas

  • Big discounts
  • Good finance offers
  • Punchy and efficient engine
  • Mediocre to drive
  • Infotainment system is fiddly
  • Shortage of safety aids
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This entry-level trim is cheap but still comes with a heated windscreen, electric windows, cruise control, a leather steering wheel and... well, that's about it...View trim
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SRi Nav
Our favourite trim gets air conditioning, automatic lights and wipers and a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, plus more supportive front sports seats and 16in alloy wheels...View trim
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The quickest and raciest looking Corsa available. The trouble is that for the price of this Korma-strength hatchback, you could get a Madras-hot Ford Fiesta ST. One to avoid...View trim
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