The exterior of the red Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa review

Offering great value for money, the Vauxhall Corsa is practical, fun to drive and cheap to run. A good choice if you need a small car, it's also well equipped as standard.

Pros

  • It looks modern and fresh
  • It has impressive equipment levels
  • The interiors are well-designed

Cons

  • Many versions don’t have split folded seats
  • Boot space is average
  • Introduction of the next generation could affect resale values

Summary

“The Corsa has great looks, excellent interior design and decent handling. It's a good all-round small car.”

The Corsa is good to drive and easy to park so it’s perfect for the city. It’s also well suited for longer journeys with a spacious interior and good levels of equipment. And thanks to Vauxhall’s excellent reliability, it’s unlikely to let you down.

The interior is designed with a little more colour and fun than rivals, while the materials used are of good quality. The Corsa won’t be expensive to buy and run and buying used will make it excellent value for money.

There’s a wide range with something to suit everyone including the choice of three or five-door versions. Three-door models provide a sportier look, matched to the fun factor in the GSi and VXR versions, while the five-door cars have added practicality. There’s a good choice of engines so the Corsa will be able to match your requirements whether it’s economy or performance.

Badge shot of the Vauxhall Corsa

What's the interior like?

“A wide range of interior trim choices provides anything from runabout style to upmarket and sporty.”

Featuring colour coded trims, stylish upholstery and lots of equipment on most models, the interiors are more fun than in rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Skoda Fabia.

Most have Vauxhall’s IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, so you can stream your favourite tunes and use a range of apps. The controls are well placed and the materials feel of good quality. The dashboard is easy to read and there’s a nice feeling of space for those up front. 

Even back seat passengers have ample legroom and headroom. Go for the five-door models if you want easy access to the back seats.

Boot space is similar to rivals at 285 litres but not all models have a split folding rear seat. So if you need to fold two seats down to make room for the dog and keep one up for a passenger, then you might want to consider the practicality of this car.

The interior of a Vauxhall Corsa with steering wheel and dashboard in shot

What's it like to drive?

“It has good handling and is great fun to drive.”

Apart from the two true sporty versions, one of the most fun to drive is the 1.0-litre petrol model with its throaty engine sound and feisty little turbo. The 113 hp (horsepower) version will be the best choice if you do longer journeys, but all the one-litre models are fun in the city. 

The diesels are responsive and economical but the 1.4-litre petrol turbo models deliver the best all-round balance of performance and economy.

All Corsas provide a decent drive and the wide range of choice means you can find a Corsa to suit you, whether you want comfortable suspension or something slightly firmer and sportier.

Most models have a manual gearbox but there are a few automatics around which will suit those who spend time commuting in urban traffic. Handling is good and it’s easy to have a bit of fun when you leave the traffic jams behind, even in some of the lower spec versions.

The exterior of the red Vauxhall Corsa

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“Great value for money with efficient engines and competitive running costs.”

All Corsas provide great value for money with their high level of equipment. Prices are generally similar to the Skoda Fabia, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio and slightly less than the Volkswagen Polo

Running costs are very manageable with all models, but the VXR models are in low insurance groups and have tax rates similar to rivals. Vauxhall offers a range of fixed price servicing and cost-saving customer benefits to help keep your car on the road and in good condition.

Steering wheel shot of the Vauxhall Corsa

How reliable and safe is it?

“Good reliability with a number of safety features.”

Reliability for Vauxhall’s is excellent and the only real issues for the Corsa are a few minor electrical and engine components, all of which can be fixed quickly and affordably. 

The Corsa has a four-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, mainly because it lacks the latest electronic driver assistance systems. It has a range of safety kits available, so it’s worth looking for a used model that has a good safety package fitted.

Engine shot of the Vauxhall Corsa

Which one is best for you?

Best for economy - 1.3 CDTi

Best for family - 1.4 SE five-door

Best for fun - VXR

With so many Corsa models to choose from, it should be easy to find the one that suits both your budget and your needs.

The diesels provide an impressive fuel economy of up to 72 mpg, while the petrol models are also good with most returning around 50 mpg while providing a quieter drive. The very basic versions lack some equipment so look at the mid-range SE and Energy models which offer loads of features for their price. Vauxhall also has limited edition models, so look out for these with their extra kit.

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