Space & practicality

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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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback front space

There’s lots of head room in the front of the Corsa – more than in the Fiesta or Ibiza, actually – but long-legged drivers might wish for more leg room. The interior is reasonably broad, so it doesn’t feel too cosy if you have a passenger next to you.

There are two cupholders in front of the gearlever that are fine for 500ml bottles or medium-sized coffee cups. You can fit a bigger bottle in the door pockets, but the Corsa is otherwise a bit short of storage space, because its glovebox is quite small.

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback rear space

The Corsa is one of the better cars in the class for rear space, behind the Ibiza and Polo but ahead of the Fiesta. Two taller adults will be perfectly comfortable, although the very long-legged will be at risk of having their knees brushing the seats in front if they’re sitting behind a taller driver.

Access is good in the five-door model – better than in the Fiesta and other more swoopy-looking hatches if you regularly need to duck in to reach a child seat – but obviously less brilliant in the cheaper three-door variant, which forces you to flip forward the front seat and clamber through a narrow gap.

The door pockets in the rear are fairly small, so you certainly won’t get a 1.0-litre bottle in there.

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Vauxhall Corsa hatchback seating flexibility

Disappointingly, you have to go for range-topping SE trim (or pay extra) to get 60/40-split folding rear seats. Otherwise, you’re stuck with a single-piece foldable seatback that’s very cumbersome.

The seatback is released by pressing buttons on the outer edges of the bench. It doesn’t fold completely flat, though, whether it’s the split version or the single-piece variety.

You have to pay extra for a height-adjustable front passenger seat, but at least the front seats in the three-door model return to their original position after being flipped forward to allow access to the back.

Vauxhall Corsa hatchback boot space

The Corsa’s boot is nothing to write home about. It’s smaller than the Fiesta’s, for example, let alone the Ibiza's or Fabia's. Practicality isn’t helped by the fact that there’s a big drop down to the boot floor from the lip of the boot opening.

There's no option to add a height-adjustable boot floor to mitigate this, either, whereas this handy feature is available on the Ibiza and Fiesta.

You still won’t exactly struggle to fit your weekly shopping in the Corsa’s boot, though, and the floor of the load bay is a usefully square shape.

 

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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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