The new 4th generation Vauxhall Corsa is an affordable and practical car that’s well worth a place on any supermini shortlist
The new Vauxhall Corsa shares its chassis with the previous model, but everything tangible has been changed.
Every panel has been replaced to resemble the face of that of the ‘Adam’ city car, while the rear tail lights and bumper now resembles its bigger brother the ‘Astra’.
The useable, square-shaped boot is one of the largest of any supermini, and there is an optional false floor to assist with loading and hiding valuables. On the inside it is very roomy for two rear adults on the back seat, but the raised centre is seat is best suited to children or short journeys.
The interior has soft touch materials on the dash and shiny plastic trim, (in a choice of colours), making it feel, more up-market than before. There is lots of new technology too. Mid-level cars get a colour touchscreen (already seen in the Adam) with DAB digital radio and it can be connected to you phone for radio and satellite navigation. Another feature is a heated front windscreen.
Vauxhall has also improved the way the Corsa drives. One way it has done this is by giving it an excellent 1.0–litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine that is very quiet and punchy. Vauxhall claim 57mpg but this may be closer to 47 in the real world. The revised steering is very light in ‘city’ mode an when you switch it off it is thankfully much better than the old car.
The suspension now makes the Corsa extremely comfortable, but just lacks the fun factor of a Fiesta. The seats feel rather cheap, with the metal support detectable, and the material would not be out of place on a nail file. There are a few storage areas, but passenger airbag mechanism results in a tiny glovebox. The rear seats fold as a bench seat, not a split-folding rear.
Although better looking, it is worth noting that the sloping roof of the three-door does restrict rear headroom. The new Corsa is considerably less expensive than its predecessor.
Interior quality, strong 1.0-litre engine, cheap to run