What should I look for in a used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback?
The Vauxhall Corsa has rather large pillars front and rear, which do pose some difficulty when parking it – Vauxhall even offered a self-parking feature as part of an option pack – so check for any scrapes or dings to the bumpers or bodywork, as these can be expensive to put right.
Check the alloy wheels if your potential purchase has them. As it is a town car, previous owners may have mounted or brushed up against a kerb or two during their ownership and damaged the surface of wheels .
Also, check the interior for any broken bits of trim, and that the seat fabric hasn’t been damaged by child seats. We have been told by an owner of seat clips breaking, making it hard to release the seat back. It could be an isolated incident, but it is worth checking that the seats fold as they should.
What are the most common problems with a used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback?
The Vauxhall Corsa is offered with a 1.3-litre diesel engine which is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). As the Corsa is primarily designed as a town car, it is unlikely that many owners will have taken their cars on frequent motorway journeys to ensure that the DPF can regenerate, as this process is only triggered at high speed. Check how the previous owner has used the car if you are unsure.
Other potential problems with the DPF-equipped cars come if it has been shut off part way through a regeneration. The result is contamination of the oil system with fuel, which leads to the oil level rising gradually over time. If this can cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already so it’s worth getting the car checked out.
Is a used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback reliable?
On the whole, yes. According to our recent survey the Corsa scored highly, performing only slightly worse than its closest rival, the top-selling Ford Fiesta, which is a great result considering the number of different Corsas and customers that there are out there. It didn’t do as well as the Skoda Fabia, but it did finish far ahead of the Volkswagen Polo.
There was one mention of an engine issue, which sound serious but it was repaired in less than a day; three mentions of non-engine electrics, again, the majority being repaired in less than one day. This is partly a testament to the number of Vauxhall dealerships available who can look after your car: an important consideration in any car purchase.