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Vauxhall Corsa Tested December 2014

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4 stars

Quick Summary

Recommended. Vauxhall has brought its supermini right up to date, ensuring its status as a top-seller.

Road Test

It might seem like an age since Vauxhall gave us a new Corsa and, to be honest, it might as well be.

The outgoing model has been on the road since 2006 and, although it had a few refreshes, it departed well short of the competition.

But when your supermini continues to be one of the best-selling cars around, why would you rush to update it?

Vauxhall has taken its time, for sure, but the result is, for starters, a radically-revamped exterior.

The new Corsa looks fresh, sharp and fit for the second decade of the 21st century.

On the inside it’s not such a big change.

On the plus side, the dashboard has been replaced and is now more akin to bigger models like the Insignia, which is a very good thing.

But, from the steering wheel to the rear window, those expecting an all-new inside will be left feeling a tad disappointed, as much remains as on the last-generation car, which is hardly a surprise when the chassis and body structure remains.

The big thing, however, is the engines. Vauxhall has joined in with the three-cylinder game and offers a 1.0-litre turbo three-pot alongside a 1.4 turbo and a revamped 1.3 diesel.

We drove the 1.4 petrol and it brings the Corsa to life; it’s lively, fun, eager and reminds you that the Corsa is a great little city car.

It returns a decent 55 to the gallon and CO2, at 120g/km, is low enough for free first-year tax and only £30 after that.

For those looking to be super-economical, the new version of the oil-burner returns 88 to the gallon and gets CO2 down to a mere 85g/km.

The features list has improved greatly, too, with the Excite trim that we drove getting a heated windscreen, digital radio, Bluetooth, heated front seats, air con and alloys among its many standard features.

Prices start from a highly-competitive £8,995, meaning that Vauxhall’s evergreen hatch is very much back in the game.

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