Vauxhall Corsa – Eco Car
The Corsa’s latest engines largely address one of the model’s weaknesses – emissions and power – but you still have to choose wisely. Vauxhall Corsa’s are available from around just under £10,000. The most economical version, (1.3CDTi 16v (95PS) EcoFLEX S/S) is available from £14,240.
The Vauxhall Corsa is a fine option in the supermini sector but several alternatives are truly brilliant, so you will want to shop around. Corsa shopping is complicated by the huge variations in standard and optional equipment - you can’t have the most economical engine in the cheapest Corsa, for example.
Vauxhall Corsa – Miles Per Gallon
Some of the smaller engines feel a little wimpy given the fuel consumption but the engine range has some truly outstanding options, such as the 95bhp 1.3 CDTi diesel, which is powerful, economic and quiet. The range-topping VXR’s turbo-charged engine has plenty of power and performance but choose this and you’re no longer looking at a cheap supermini.
Vauxhall Corsa – Low Car Tax Bands (VED)
With its latest engines, Vauxhall can offer Corsa buyers who want low or zero car tax some options. You’ll need the 1.3-litre diesel mentioned above to avoid paying any tax, (Car Tax A). Many of the other smaller engines have low tax, (Either B or C). Beware of choosing the exciting 1.6-litre turbo, as you’ll also enjoy a fine car tax bill, (above Car Tax Bracket C).
Vauxhall Corsa – Low Co2 Emissions
The Corsa is available with a long list of engines. The range generates everything from a world-class 94g/km (1.3 Diesel 3 dr) to a rather stinky 172g/km (1.6v Turbo) that won’t make you the envy of greenies.
Vauxhall Corsa – Safety Features
The basic Expression model comes with dual-stage airbags for both driver and passenger in the front. ABS (anti-lock braking system) and emergency brake assistance, electronic engine deadlock immobiliser and electrically-adjustable mirrors also come as standard.
Vauxhall Corsa – Running Costs
If you want the lowest running costs, you have to spend several thousand pounds more when you buy a Corsa, which can easily eradicate any savings you make on running costs. Choose the cheapest Expression and you’ll pay very little on fuel, tax and insurance. For rock-bottom motoring costs, however, Vauxhall make you shell out around £4,000.
Vauxhall Corsa – Quiet Ride
The Corsa can feel slightly top-heavy, thanks to the rather upright driving position, but otherwise it’s a fairly quiet and secure ride. It’s comfortable inside and there’s plenty of room for both passengers and shopping. The five-door Corsa is particularly adept at catering for passengers.
Vauxhall Corsa – Quality Car
Overall, the Corsa feels like a quality car. The ride, handling and engines all support the argument that plenty of skill and attention has gone into the design and production of the new Corsa. There are some touches of cheapness but overall, the look and feel is good.
The 1.3 CDTi manages 80.7 miles to the gallon on the combined cycle, (even more with urban driving). The cheapest Corsa manages a healthy 56.5 Miles to the Gallon on the combined cycle, (1 litre EcoFlex – 117 C02 g/km)
Vauxhall Corsa – Conclusion
Choose your variant, engine and accessories carefully, and the Vauxhall Corsa can provide a very practical and economical city car. Some clever design touches in the cabin and boot boost practicality.
The latest Vauxhall Corsa offers superb handling, fine chassis fluidity and high levels of grip. Accuracy and communication levels are high but in an effort to tighten up the handling, the suspension engineers have stiffened the damping, which seems to have introduced some vibration as well as a lumpy low-speed ride.