Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition
The 1.2-litre petrol Vauxhall Corsa is cheaper to buy than the diesel version, meaning you would have to do a lot of miles before the more frugal diesel makes financial sense.
The Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition is supposed to appeal to people that want the sporty looks of the Vauxhall Corsa VXR, but without the expensive running costs of that model. To this end, it gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a sporty body kit, front fog lights, dark-tinted rear lights, and tinted windows.
The Corsa Limited Edition also has a well-specced cabin, which body-hugging seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and metal pedals. Customers can also choose between red, yellow or silver stitching for the interior, as well as the same colour choices for the air-vent surrounds.
Equipment includes things like air conditioning, cruise control, and a trip computer. The Limited Edition can be had either with a 1.2-litre petrol or a 1.3-litre diesel. The petrol makes more sense, because it is cheaper to buy and slightly quicker, although the diesel's frugality means it is the better choice if you cover high miles.
The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most spacious superminis on the market, with storage spaces dotted around the cabin and a decent-sized boot.
Despite the sports suspension, the Corsa Limited Edition is also a comfortable place to sit. In terms of the driving experience, though, the Corsa cannot compete with the Ford Fiesta.
The Ford is much more fun to drive down a twisting back road, while also having suspension that absorbs the worst bumps. The latest Fiesta also has classier looks than the Corsa, and a much more stylish cabin.
While the Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition offers decent value in the showroom, come resale time it is likely to have depreciated badly – special editions tend to lose more money than standard models.
Although the equipment levels of the Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition are pretty decent, there are some strange omissions – one of the most obvious being the lack of stability control, something that comes as standard on the Hyundai i20 and Volkswagen Polo.
A Bluetooth phone connection is also absent, which seems odd in a car that’s ostensibly aimed at young drivers.