Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
Leaving aside the electric Corsa-e, there are three engines available: two petrols and one diesel. We have yet to try the entry-level 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine (badged 1.2 75), which comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, but the on-paper figures (0-60mph in 12.4 seconds) suggest it’ll be fairly sluggish.
We reckon the pick of the range is the turbocharged 99bhp version (badged 1.2 100 Turbo), which has enough flexibility for motorway journeys and accelerates quite briskly. 0-60mph takes 9.3sec, which is similar to how long the Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI 95 takes but not as punchy as the more powerful Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115. Just bear in mind that opting for the eight-speed automatic transmission, rather than the standard six-speed manual, makes the Corsa almost a second slower from 0-60mph, although the more potent 128bhp version that’s also available with the auto on selected trims cuts that time to 8.0secs.
Suspension and ride comfort
The Corsa handles abrupt bumps, such as potholes and drain covers, with reasonable ease, but tends to be disturbed by smaller road surface imperfections that the softer Peugeot 208 would glide over. This shortcoming is highlighted if you go for trim levels fitted with bigger, 17in alloy wheels.