Vauxhall Corsa Excite
The small 1.2-litre engine offers low running costs, lots of standard equipment and competitive pricing to keep the Vauxhall Corsa at the top of buyer’s lists.
Sitting near the middle of that long list is the Vauxhall Corsa Excite trim. It might just be the pick of the range since it has all the equipment you’ll ever need, with 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth hands-free calling, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, front fog lamps and a tyre pressure warning system. To get air-con as standard you need to opt for the ‘Excite a/c’ model.
The three-door and five-door Vauxhall Corsa Excite comes with the option of a 67bhp 1.0-litre (55.4mpg) or an 84bhp 1.2-litre (51.4mpg), plus a 99bhp 1.4-litre petrol (51.4mpg.) The only diesel option is the 74bhp 1.3-litre that averages 67.3mpg.
There’s a good reason why the Vauxhall Corsa remains one of the UK’s best-selling cars. It offers buyers huge choice of engines and specs, it’s well-equipped and practical, too. It's also comfortable and delivers good value, especially in mid-spec trims like the Excite. Even better, it normally isn’t too difficult to haggle on price and nab a real bargain.
The Corsa was launched way back in 2006, so struggles to match newer rivals like the Ford Fiesta, which combines sharp handling with a more comfortable ride. Both the 1.0-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel are noisy and underpowered and need working hard to make even modest progress.