Review

Vauxhall Corsa VXR hatchback

£18,995 - £22,400

The Vauxhall Corsa VXR is the hot hatchback performance version of the standard Corsa and is powered by a 189bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. That's a lot of power for such a small car and the VXR is the most powerful Corsa ever produced. It can be enormous fun to drive on winding B-roads, with entertaining handling and excellent performance, even if the gaudy exterior tends to divide opinion. You’ll certainly turn heads, but not always for positive reasons, as the central exhaust, bodykit and large alloy wheels all scream 'boy racer'. The Corsa VXR's main rivals are the MINI Cooper S, Abarth 500 and Renaultsport Clio.