What used Vauxhall Corsa hatchback will I get for my budget?
An early 2014 Vauxhall Corsa can be found from £3250, but most will have high mileages at this price, and, such is the proliferation of Corsas on the market, it's probably best to seek one with an average mileage for its year.
Better-equipped Corsas, such as SRi and Excite models, from 2015 with an average number of miles, should start at around £5000. As mentioned, the sheer number of used Corsas available means there isn't a significant premium for choosing a five-door Corsa over a three-door.
There is, however, a premium placed on any Corsa that has a turbocharger fitted. If you want to get into a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo or a 1.4-litre turbo, you'll need to spend more like £6000.
Look to spend more than £6000 for a 2017 model, and somewhere in the region of £8000 to £10,000 on a 2019 one. If you fancy a VXR, set aside at least £8500 for an early one or around £11,000 for a late 2017 example.
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How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Corsa hatchback?
The lowest fuel consumption is provided by the 1.3-litre, 94bhp Ecoflex diesel engine, at 83.1mpg combined (under the older, more generous NEDC tests), with CO2 emissions of 89g/km.
The turbocharged petrol cars are also very efficient; the 1.0 three-cylinder turbo does better than its non-turbo equivalents, and returns 61.4mpg. The 74 and 89bhp 1.4 and the 99bhp 1.4T are all rated at 54.3mpg. Expect a marginally worse figure from the 69bhp 1.2 at 53.3mpg, dropping to 48.7mpg for the 148bhp 1.4T.
If you need an automatic gearbox, you're forced to go for the 1.4 90 petrol and this increases fuel consumption to 42.8mpg, although this is still better than the turbocharged 1.6 found in the VXR: it only manages 37.7mpg.
As with fuel economy, the lowest CO2 emissions are to be found with the 95bhp 1.3 Ecoflex diesel, which emits 89g/km of CO2. The base 74bhp version, meanwhile, puts out 99g/km.
The 1.0-litre petrol engine emits 106g/km. Both non-turbo versions of the 1.4 and 99bhp turbocharged 1.4 emit 122g/km, and the 148bhp version increases this to 133g/km. The automatic 1.4 is worse still with 149/km, but it's still not as bad as the VXR, which emits 174g/km.
Car tax (VED)
Any Corsa registered after April 2017 will be charged the flat-rate VED road tax, while those registered before that, road tax will depend on the amount of CO2 it officially emits. You can find out more about road tax costs here.
You can pay a fixed-price fee for interim, main and major services, with costs depending on whether your Corsa has a petrol or diesel engine. Service costs are £160, £265 and £305 for petrol models and £170, £295 and £335 for diesel models respectively.
If you can't pay it all on the day, you can spread the cost by sorting out a monthly plan dependant upon your annual mileage and age of Corsa.
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