Which used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback should I buy?
The Corsa has a fine range of engines, but the smallest, the three-cylinder 1.0-litre and four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrols, stand out. Neither makes the Corsa particularly quick, but they more than make up for any lack of pace with their willingness to rev and fine fuel economy.
The 1.7-litre diesel which was originally fitted is disappointing, particularly for refinement. However, the 1.3-litre CDTi engine which joined the range in 2004 is much better. It's still quite rare and expensive, though
Trim-wise, avoid the most basic Club and Expression models, as they are sparsely equipped. Step up to Comfort or (on models after the 2003 face-lift) Life, and you'll be better off.
That said, none of the trim levels is particularly well equipped, with air-con an option on most and some even doing without a passenger airbag. However, the high numbers sold as new cars mean you can shop around to find the package you want.