Vauxhall Corsa Excite

Price: £11,985 - £14,670
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The 1.2 petrol is the best bet for low-mileage private buyers. The 1.3 diesel is also tempting for its combination of performance and economy – but it comes at a price.

The Vauxhall Corsa Excite isn’t the cheapest or the best supermini to drive, but for space and quality, it's right up there.

What You Get...

  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Bluetooth
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The choice of Corsas is almost baffling in its complexity. Even when you’ve decided which trim level to go for, there are lots of other permutations. Three or five doors? Which engine? With or without air conditioning? There are 14 versions of the Excite alone, and that's just one of nine trim levels. Excite is a special edition mid-range version available in three and five-door body styles and with a choice of a three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine, four-cylinder 1.2 and 1.4 units – all petrol – and a 1.3 diesel. Air-con is standard with the 1.4 and the diesel, and is an option with the 1.0 and 1.2. The 1.2 also gives you the option of Vauxhall's Easytronic gearbox, which can be used as an automatic or a manual. Compared with lesser Corsas, Excite versions have alloy wheels, Bluetooth, an MP3-compatible stereo that can be controlled from the steering wheel and front foglights. There's also a greater range of seat and steering column adjustment, central locking and powered front windows and door mirrors.

Good points 

The Corsa is a good-looking car made even smarter in Excite form by 16-inch alloy wheels and front foglights. It's easy to get a good driving position, thanks to a height-adjustable driver's seat and a steering wheel which moves up-and-down and back-and-forth. The upgraded stereo, which can be controlled from the steering wheel, and Bluetooth are valuable convenience features. It's not in the same league as its biggest rival, the Ford Fiesta, to drive, but it's comfortable on bumpy roads. It's spacious, too: at a pinch it could serve as a family's only car.

Bad points 

The Corsa Excite has considerably more equipment than models lower down the range, but it costs quite a lot more. Even the three-door 1.0-litre version comes in at more than £12,000. Rivals offer as much for less money. Side and curtain airbags and electronic stability control are essential safety features that appear only on the options list and will add hundreds of pounds to the cost of the car. And the stop-start system that's available with the diesel engine on higher-grade Corsas isn’t available on Excite models, so fuel consumption and emissions suffer, and will impact on running costs.

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