What's the used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback like?
Easy to drive, well made, and often well equipped; the Vauxhall Corsa is one of those cars which is omnipresent on the nation's roads because of the value it offers to most drivers. It is perhaps not the most exciting of purchases, but it would not be fair to dismiss the Corsa for that reason. It is, after all, very hard to please all people, all of the time.
The Corsa is a rather spacious small car, especially the five-door version, where rear occupants are treated to one of the most capacious back seats in the class, with much more head room than either the Volkswagen Polo or Ford Fiesta, which helps if you have child seats in the back. To that end, those rear doors do open wide to help you to load children in those seats.
The majority of the cabin is also made out of classy materials, with only a few brittle pieces of trim undermining the overall feeling of quality. SRi trim cars and above get a 7.0 inch colour touchscreen which can become an extension of your smartphone through the use of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, thus enabling you to have sat nav in your Corsa. It isn’t as intuitive as the system in the Skoda Fabia, as the touch sensitive buttons for the volume control can easily be knocked if you rest your hand on the screen.
There is also a large choice of engines, the majority being petrol, but there is a diesel version if you need it.
The driving experience is where the Corsa is a let-down. It’s an easy car to drive, and it’s about about as quiet as its contemporaries, but it doesn’t steer with the same accuracy as the Ford Fiesta, nor manage to be as capable at long-distance motorway work as the Volkswagen Polo.
The seats might also cause drivers with long legs to complain, as the front seats don’t go quite far enough back. The driver’s seat might also lack enough back support for some. If you want seat height adjustment, then you will need to avoid Life trim and go for Sting or above. But the Corsa does have a heated windscreen as standard across the range, thanks to customer feedback from the last model, and the Excite trim even has a heated steering wheel – a very well received luxury with Corsa owners.