There’s lots of space up front in the Corsa; it’s got more headroom than a VW Polo or a Ford Fiesta, so tall drivers won’t feel cramped, although some might wish there was a touch more leg room. It’s a reasonably wide cabin, too, so it doesn’t feel too cosy if you have a passenger.
There are two cupholders set in front of the gearlever, which will be fine for 500ml bottles or regular-sized takeaway cups. You’ll get a bigger bottle in the door pocket, but otherwise it’s a bit short of storage because the glovebox is fairly small and it’ll be a struggle to squeeze in anything as big as a portable sat-nav.
Vauxhall Corsa rear space
The Corsa is one of the better cars in the class for rear space. Two adults will be able to get comfortable, although the long-legged will be at risk of having their knees brushing the seats in front if they’re behind a taller driver. Still, the fairly boxy shape means that the five-door is good for access, and is better than the Fiesta and other more swoopy-looking hatches if you regularly need to duck in to reach a child seat.
Three-door models are, of course, more restricted for access; you have to flip forward the front seat and clamber through the narrow gap; it’s a move best left to the nimble. Still, even this is really no worse than in other three-door cars in the class. Having said that, we’d recommend the five-door car unless you’re really sold on the looks of the more rakish three-door. It doesn’t cost too much more, but adds a lot more practicality.
The side pockets in the rear are fairly small, so you certainly won’t get a 1.0-litre bottle in there.
Vauxhall Corsa seating flexibility
The Corsa doesn’t break any ground in this area. SRi trim and above get 60/40 split rear seats (which is a shame, because most rivals get this as standard across the range), while the rest of the line-up has a single-piece foldable seatback.
The split seatback is released by pressing a button on the outer edges of the bench and then giving the seatback a shove. They don’t fold completely flat, though, whether or not they’re split.
No Corsa gets height adjustment for the 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 boot space
The Corsa’s boot is slightly bigger than average in this class; it’s deep and squared off, and it should be more than adequate for normal everyday use. However, the boot opening narrows slightly at the bottom and it has a high load lip, so loading awkward items like a buggy will be a bit of a struggle.
Practicality isn’t helped by the fact that there’s a big drop down to the boot floor over the lip of the boot opening, and if you’ve folded the seats they leave another big step up, giving you a very uneven load floor.