Vauxhall Corsa hatchback (2014-2019) - Interior & comfort
Tactile materials and redesigned suspension help to make the Vauxhall Corsa very comfortable inside
Improvements to the suspension and engines of the Vauxhall Corsa mean it's now far quieter than before. It also has a reasonably attractive interior, but new versions of the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo are even better. The only obvious problem we found when testing the car was that the seats felt a bit cheap, as did some of the upholstery.
The steering and suspension have been set up specifically for UK roads, so the Corsa deals with rough surfaces and all but the largest potholes with ease.
Vauxhall Corsa dashboard
The Corsa's centre console can now be fitted with Vauxhall’s Intellilink seven-inch touchscreen – standard on all but Active models – which immediately gives the interior an upmarket feel. The materials used are good quality, too, with soft-touch plastics and trims in a range of colours. The Corsa's interior is a strong contender in the supermini class, but it can’t quite match the quality feel of the VW Polo or Ford Fiesta.
Standard equipment is good across the range, with even the most basic Corsa getting daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, a six-speaker stereo with steering-wheel controls, six airbags and a USB port.
The Corsa Energy adds 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, heated front seats, automatic lights and wipers along with a leather, heated steering wheel.
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All models except Active are fitted with the latest Intellilink infotainment system, which allows you to connect your phone to the car via Bluetooth, USB, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. SE Nav and SRi VX-Line Nav Black trims also get Vauxhall's OnStar service.
This turns the car into a mobile wi-fi hotspot, to which seven different devices can be connected. The 4G data is free for the first 12 months, after which you have to pay. OnStar will also call the emergency services if you've been in a crash and provides you with roadside recovery cover, as well as allowing you to lock and unlock the car from your mobile phone using an app, as well as performing vehicle diagnostics. Newer models don’t have OnStar; General Motors owns the technology so it was removed from cars when PSA acquired Vauxhall.
The SRi Nav – as the name suggests – has sat nav, 16-inch alloys, sports front seats and pedals, while the SRi VX-Line Nav Black ups the wheel size to 17 inches and adds sports suspension plus a few extra styling touches. The sporty GSi model – only available as three-door – has its own exterior and interior styling and unique 17-inch alloy wheels.
There’s a selection of options available on the Corsa, depending on the trim level you choose. Plump for an entry-level car and your choices are limited, with option packs, a DAB digital radio and some extra safety kit on offer.
Elsewhere, the Intellilink system is offered across most of the range, along with DAB radio. Climate control and heated seats are available, too.
Option packs are offered for most models, and these can include everything from automatic lights and wipers to climate control, a rear view camera and heated seats.