Competing in a tough small car market, the Vauxhall Corsa holds its own. It makes getting a well-kitted out and high-spec supermini affordable. With a huge range of engines and specs across all generations, it’s no surprise the Corsa is a long-standing UK favourite.
What you need to know about the Vauxhall Corsa
Instead of being a driver’s car, the Corsa is a user-friendly people-pleasing hatchback. That’s not to say you’ll be disappointed with the performance though. Whatever engine you choose, everything starts to stack up with the Corsa. It handles nicely, steering is responsive, grip around corners is impressive and most engines are surprisingly quiet. What it lacks in the fun-to-drive appeal of the Fiesta, it more than makes up for in convenience, comfort and general ease.
Vauxhall has avoided messing with their formula too much across generations. After all, why would they when it’s been a long-standing regular on the best-selling lists? Instead, they’re keeping the Corsa relevant with tweaks that make sense to drivers. Updating the engines, optimising driving experience and giving the car an upmarket feel both inside and out.
If you’re the type of person who spends a lot of time researching, the Corsa will come up time and time again as a practical choice.
What you need to watch out for
Vauxhall has successfully made the Corsa the grown-up choice of superminis. When we reviewed the lively little Red Edition, a very nippy 1.4 turbo petrol with 150ps, we were impressed with how the interior had been elevated well above the drabness of the previous version to become pleasant and modern. It now matches the quality under the bonnet. The same can’t always be said for older models.
- Ford Fiesta
- VW Polo
- Skoda Fabia
The Corsa is well-rounded, competing well in a tough market, and has improved interiors which keep up with today’s tough standards. Don’t dismiss it too easily. Practicality pays off in the long run.
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