Which used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback should I buy?
If you're buying the car as an urban runaround, then one of the smaller petrol engines will suffice, although the 1.0 and 1.2-litre units do struggle beyond about 50mph.
The 1.4-litre unit is a better choice if you sometimes venture on to the motorway, while the 1.6-litre turbo is available in both range-topping VXR form and with 148bhp in the lively SRi model.
The 1.3-litre diesel is also worth considering, combining decent performance with excellent fuel economy. It was offered in 74bhp and 89bhp outputs, with the latter feeling usefully stronger. The extra 15bhp doesn’t dent economy too much, either, with both averaging more than 60mpg in official tests.
The 1.3-litre diesel is good enough for you not to bother with the larger 1.7-litre diesel, which doesn't achieve 60mpg.
Trim levels are extensive; we’d choose from Design up, although all Corsas come with central locking and a CD player (remember those?). Design has 16in alloy wheels, electric front windows, air conditioning, curtain airbags and, crucially if it’s a family buy, Isofix child seat mounts.
Our favourite used Vauxhall Corsa: 1.4 Design