Vauxhall Corsa hatchback
Price £9,395 - £17,725
- Spacious interior and big boot
- Good value for money
- Very comfortable
- Seats feel cheap
- Ford Fiesta more fun to drive
- Question marks over reliability
At a glance
"The Vauxhall Corsa is a comfortable, practical car with some good engines and a competitive price, which all put it much closer to the best cars in the supermini class."
The Vauxhall Corsa name has been around for what seems like an eternity. It's always been one of the best-selling cars in the UK and its popularity with driving schools means it serves as many people's introduction to motoring.
The latest version was introduced in 2014 and mantains its predecessors’ signature traits of being affordable to buy and run, as well as easy to drive. Buyers have a choice of three or five-door bodystyles, as well as an extensive variety of trim levels and engines, so there should be a Corsa to suit almost everyone. Performance fans are catered for by the poweful Vauxhall Corsa VXR hot hatch.
Key rivals include the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza, Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris, and the Corsa gives a reasonably good account of itself in this company, with smart styling, good-quality materials and a more upmarket feel than before inside. However, the Fiesta is still more fun to drive and the VW Polo still that bit classier than the Vauxhall. But the quiet and comfortable Corsa is more than just a basic A-to-B mobile these days.
Many three and five-door hatchbacks look very similar, but the two versions of the Corsa are quite distinctive. While the three-door looks neat and sporty, it does suffer from reduced space in the back as a result. The more upright-looking five-door is also more practical, making it a better choice for family buyers.
The petrol engine range includes a turbocharged 1.0-litre as well as 1.2 and 1.4-litres, while those who want the best possible fuel economy can go for a 1.3-litre diesel. We like the 1.0-litre turbo the best, as it has the lowest running costs of the petrols, as well as being the quietest and fastest choice. While the diesel is that bit more efficient, it's also more expensive to buy in the first place and makes the Corsa pretty dull to drive.
One area of concern is a four out of five star crash-test score from Euro NCAP – many rivals have secured the maximum five-star score.
You need to spend some time picking out what Corsa trim level is right for you, as there are no less than nine on offer: Sting, Sting R, Energy, Limited Edition, Red/Black Edition, Design, SRi, SRi VX-Line and SE. We’d recommend Design, as it's well priced and features essential kit such as air-conditioning, foglights and Vauxhall's IntelliLink system for interfacing with your smartphone.
The Vauxhall Corsa offers a choice of efficient petrol and diesel engines to buyers
The Vauxhall Corsa is available with a gutsy turbo petrol engine and handles well
Tactile materials and redesigned suspension help to make the Vauxhall Corsa very comfortable inside.
The Vauxhall Corsa offers good leg and headroom, as well as a large boot
The old Vauxhall Corsa performed poorly in our Driver Power survey, but new car is an unknown quantity