The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the main rivals to the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. It looks sharpest as a three-door hatchback, but there's also a five-door model if you need extra practicality. A broad range of engines and specification levels gives buyers on every budget a choice, while the large number of Vauxhall dealers nationwide makes finding a local garage easy.
- Good value for money
- Spacious interior and big boot
- Seats feel cheap
- Ford Fiesta more fun to drive
- Question marks over reliability
The Vauxhall Corsa rivals the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. It looks best in three-door form, but there's a five-door version if you need extra practicality. All models feature an interior that uses soft-touch plastics and colourful trim to allow buyers some scope for personalisation. A new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine leads a refreshed engine line-up that offers a good blend of performance and economy, as well as budget options. The Corsa is a comfortable and spacious car that's at home on UK road surfaces and Vauxhall dealers have a good reputation among the company's customers.
- Strong performance and handling
- Impressive ride comfort
- Well designed interior
- Looks aren't to everybody's taste
- Steering feel could be better
- Windscreen pillars cause blind spots
The Vauxhall Corsa VXR is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that produces 189bhp – a considerable amount for such a small car – making it the most powerful Vauxhall Corsa ever. Brilliant fun on a B-road, the three-door Corsa VXR offers entertaining handling and strong performance, although its styling divides opinion. The central exhaust, bodykit and large alloys are far from subtle and certainly attract attention. Stiff competiton comes from the Renaultsport Clio, Abarth 500 and Mini Cooper S.