3 & 5 doors
Price £8,995 - £16,835
- Spacious cabin and boot
- Low running costs
- Good safety rating
- Dull to drive
- Entry-level cars poorly equipped
- Small petrol engines are slow
The Vauxhall Corsa rivals the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. It looks best in three-door guise, but there is a five-door version if you need extra practicality, and all models get a high-quality interior. A wide range of engines and trims give buyers on every budget a choice, while the large number of Vauxhall dealers makes finding a local garage easy. The three-door line-up is topped by the high-powered VXR model, which delivers spectacular performance to match its racy looks.
- Strong performance and handling
- Impressive ride comfort
- Well designed interior
- Looks aren't to everybody's tastes
- Steering feel could be improved
- A-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 and the most powerful Vauxhall Corsa ever. Brilliant fun on a B-road, the three-door baby VXR has entertaining handling and strong performance although the looks can divide opinion. The central exhaust, bodykit and large alloys are far from subtle and certainly attract attention. Competiton comes in the form of the Renaultsport Clio, Abarth 500, or Mini Cooper S.