Vauxhall Corsa hatchback (2006-2014) - Interior & comfort
Soft suspension, but the Vauxhall Corsa has a less-than-perfect driving position and engine noise is a problem.
One area where the Vauxhall Corsa excels is build quality, and this is obvious as soon as you climb inside. The interior is built to a high standard, and can match the VW Polo for fit and finish.
The soft seats are comfortable, and there’s enough seat and wheel adjustment to keep most drivers happy, although entry-level S models only allow you to move the wheel up and down, not in and out.
The dashboard has a simple layout, and the buttons are reassuringly solid. Most cars get a flash of silver plastic on the centre console and chrome-trimmed dials, while special-edition models usually add colour trim to the circular air vents, in anything ranging from gloss black to yellow or red.
The controls are clearly laid-out, although some of the small buttons on the radio are a little fiddly to use when you’re on the move.
The Vauxhall Corsa costs about the same as the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio, and Hyundai i20, but it's not as well equipped. Basic models are particularly sparsely kitted out and do without things such as central locking and electric windows. You're much better going for the Corsa SE. Its standard equipment list includes 16-inch alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, air-conditioning, a Bluetooth phone connection, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with stereo controls, front fog lamps and a tyre-pressure warning system.
There’s a selection of options available on the Corsa, but what you can get depends entirely on which version you go for. Plump for an entry-level S model and your choices are limited, with option packs, a DAB radio and some extra safety kit on offer.
Elsewhere, touchscreen sat nav is offered across most of the range, as is a DAB radio, a stereo with USB connection and rear parking sensors. Climate control and heated seats are available, but you can’t get leather seat trim.
Option packs are offered for most models, and these can include everything from automatic lights and wipers to cruise control and heated seats. There’s even a styling pack that turns the standard Corsa into a VXR hot-hatch lookalike.