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Vauxhall Corsa (2011-15)

Overall Rating

4 stars

A stylish supermini to suit all tastes, from the sporty look three door to the practical five door with fuel effifcient engines.

For
  • Fuel efficient engines
  • Stylish exterior with daytime running lights
  • Improvements to suspension
Against
  • Steering is light
  • Small fuel tanks
  • Tight space to get in and out of rear in three door
Road Test

Styled by Niels Loeb, Vauxhall/Opel's Chief Exterior Designer working in Brit, Mark Adams' design team, the new Corsa features a signature chrome bar, carrying the new Griffin badge, stretching across the front grille, while a re-styled front bumper with a more prominent, wider lower grille gives the Corsa a smiling appearance. The stylish hatchback is a strong, solid car with a large windscreen for great viewing. Eagle-Eye headlamps have a chrome finish and include daytime running lights as standard across the range. Externally looks are pleasing with the practical five door offering plenty of space in rear for passengers and enough boot space for shopping. The sporty look three door is tighter on space in the rear with smaller rear windows but still plenty of room for four people. 16-inch alloy wheels on both SE and SXi models, while the 192PS VXR receives the option of a new 18-inch alloy wheel, modelled on the design of the optional 20-inch wheel worn by the Insignia VXR. The interior quality is good with a large centre console, easy to use instruments. Upgrades to its chassis and powertrains. ecoFLEX engines feature Vauxhall's Start/Stop technology, which has reduced emissions on the 1.3 CDTi (95PS) ecoFLEX model to just 94g/km, combined with fuel consumption of 91.1mpg on the government's extra urban cycle (78.5mpg combined). To maintain its success in the small-car class, Vauxhall's engineers have made important revisions to the car's steering and suspension set-ups with softer springs in the front suspension, mated to an anti-roll bar with new bushes and an increased diameter, improving ride and control characteristics. Revised damper settings all round, an optional re-tuned ESP system and enhanced steering geometry, ensuring that the Corsa remained as pleasurable to drive as it was economical to own.

Need To Know

Best Models: ecoFlex models

Worst Models: none


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Vauxhall Corsa (2011-15)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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