New Vauxhall Corsa - Popular, fun and practical
The new Vauxhall Corsa is finally here and is just as practical and fun to drive as it used to be, making it not only one of the most popular superminis but one of the most popular and best-selling cars in the UK. The Corsa is not only a great little car for driving around towns and cities, but thanks to its excellent handling and driving performance, is a joy to take for a spin around the countryside.
Vauxhall/Opel first introduced the Corsa back in 1982 originally as a three-door hatchback or two-door saloon. The Corsa arrived in the UK in 1983 but was sold under a different name, the Vauxhall Nova until 1993. A revised model of the Corsa was introduced in 1993, and Vauxhall maintained the Corsa name in the UK replacing the outgoing Nova.
The Vauxhall Corsa has gone through various generations, updates and facelifts over the years, all to help maintain its popularity and great sales numbers across the UK. The latest iteration of the Corsa features a selection of petrol and diesel engines, along with a new all-electric model called the Corsa-e.
The new Corsa diesel or petrol models are available in a choice of four primary trim levels; SE, SRI, Elite Nav and Ultimate Nav, with sub-levels of each totalling 11 trims. The new all-electric Corsa-e is available in just two primary trim levels; SE Nav and Elite Nav. The new Vauxhall Corsa competes in one of the most highly desirable and competitive car markets with strong rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza, Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The Vauxhall Corsa comes with a choice of two petrol engines and a single diesel engine, with either a five or six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission depending on the model selected.
The entry-level petrol is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine which develops 75hp and 118Nm of torque. It will hit 0-60mph in 12.2secs and continue to a top speed of 108mph. This lower-powered engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard but does have a claimed combined WLTP figure of 50.5mpg-51.4mpg.
The second petrol engine uses the same 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine but with an added turbocharger, which increases the power to 100hp and 205Nm of torque. The Corsa will now hit 0-60mph in 10.2secs and climb to a top speed of 119mph. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard but does have the option to select an eight-speed automatic transmission in all but SRI trim level Corsa’s.
The single diesel option is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine generating 102hp and 250Nm of torque. It will hit 0-60mph in 9.6secs and race to a top speed of 117mph while achieving a claimed combined WLTP figure of 67.3mpg-68.9mpg. The diesel engine is only mated to a six-speed manual transmission with no option to have an automatic set-up.
The final option is the new all-electric Corsa-e featuring a 50kWh battery which creates 136hp and 260Nm of torque. It will race from 0-60mph in 7.6secs and achieve a top speed of 93mph. It is capable of covering 209miles between charges.
Interior, Quality and Technology
The new Vauxhall Corsa has received a modern and contemporary interior upgrade along with the latest Vauxhall technologies and safety assists. The standard array of technical features and equipment is good across all models, and the materials used and build quality all feel more upmarket than previously.
All Corsa models are fitted with a minimum 7-inch colour touchscreen to control the infotainment system from, with crystal clear graphics and responsive touch control. There is an optional 10-inch display with built-in sat-nav available or as standard with some of the higher trim models. Some of the other standard features included across all trim levels are; DAB radio, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights and Bluetooth connectivity.
The seats in the Corsa are relatively comfortable and soft but do not offer huge levels of support if you plan on pushing it hard around corners. If you are used to the previous Vauxhall Corsa models, then you will notice that the new Corsa seats sit lower, meaning the driving position is lower. Some will like the feeling of sitting lower, as you do in a sports car, others it will take a little getting used to, especially when it comes to parking.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The new Vauxhall Corsa is slightly longer than the previous model which has resulted in a slightly longer wheelbase to accommodate it five-door only bodyshell. With the decision to make the Corsa a five-door hatchback only it makes gaining access to the rear seats much easier. The overall space inside the Corsa is on a par with the majority of rival cars in its class.
In the front, you will find plenty of legroom and headroom to accommodate even those over 6ft tall. The seats have a decent level of adjustment in various directions, along with an adjustable steering wheel and column. In the rear again legroom is pretty good for a car in this class, although headroom can be affected if you have opted for the panoramic sunroof.
There are various useful storage compartments such as door pockets front and rear, cupholders glovebox and a storage compartment under the central armrest. The boot is again on a par with the majority of the Vauxhall’s key rivals, with a capacity of 309-litres. The all-electric Corsa-e has a slightly smaller boot with a capacity of 267-litres.
The Corsa was awarded a 4-star Euro NCAP safety rating when it was tested in 2019, although it does come with a vast array of safety features as standard. All Corsa models include; automatic emergency braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist, cruise control and various airbags along with many other useful assists.
The new Vauxhall Corsa looks fantastic, modern and chic, and offers excellent levels of equipment across all trim levels. The Corsa may not offer the best ride, the most space or the plushest interior, but it does offer all-round versatility.