The new Vauxhall Corsa has been redefined and is now very comfortable and a pleasure to drive. The running costs are perfectly affordable, the interior is spacious and you can’t groan at the lifetime warranty either.
You can choose from a range of different petrol and diesel engines, the 1.0 and 1.2 engines are a little under-powered when compared to the 1.4 petrol Corsa engine. The 1.3 diesel engines are very well suited to modern needs, but are quite expensive when compared to their petrol neighbours.
You can choose from two new chassis settings: the standard setting that keeps the car good to drive and feels very smooth, on the other hand you can have the firmer set-up for the Corsa Sri, which can feel a little extreme on if you’re not on a race track. The steering has been upgraded for a sharper experience, but motorway traveling prompts plenty of adjustments.
The new Vauxhall Corsa benefits from a big-car feel, having larger than normal controls and an excellent driving position. A downside is that you have to pay a little extra to get the driver’s seat height and two-way steering column adjustment on the Expression and S models. You also suffer from thicker windscreen pillars, which restrict your forward visibility.
The 3dr and 5dr versions of the Vauxhall Corsa are practically the same size, though the 3dr only has 4 seats because it is tapered towards the back of the car. The 5dr has a cabin big enough for a family, with plenty of room for legs and heads. The boot is relatively small, but you get split-folding rear seats with the SE trim and above and an option for a boot floor that can be lowered for extra space.
The Vauxhall Corsa is loaded with stuff to help you avoid accidents, it can warn following drivers if one’s about to happen. It has a solid EURO N-Cap rating to give you confidence when the time comes. You get a minimum of 2 airbags and 6 on most models. There is a small drawback, that stability control is a cost option rather than standard equipment.
The Corsa is blessed with reasonable standard equipment; it comes with a CD player, remote central locking and electrically adjustable door mirrors fitted on all models. The Exclusiv model seems to be the best value for money, with seat and steering wheel adjustment, an easily expandable boot and steering wheel mounted audio controls