Vauxhall Corsa VXR hatchback owner reviews

“The Vauxhall Corsa VXR is one of the most powerful small hot hatchbacks on sale today. It’s cheaper than its rivals, but the Ford Fiesta ST is slightly better to drive”

Carbuyer Rating

3.4 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.0 out of 5

33%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 2reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.6L Turbo

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
After a succession of various sedate Astras and Corsas over the last 20 years, the recent purchase of the Corsa VXR, the most potent of cars owned to date, is proving to be reawakening my enjoyment of driving. The acceleration, the precise steering, the comfortable driving position, the six gears with what to me appear appropriate ratios make my frequent long trips less of a boring exercise, compared with previous Vauxhalls. No problems to date, no real grumbles, other than possibly small ones with the firm suspension, and the petrol consumption, which admittedly can be improved if the car is driven with less enthusiasm and interest in its maximum performance. Urban driving in particular really does need a gentle right foot to minimise consumption, with an eager turbo charged engine ever demanding to show the driver its ability. The gearbox has been criticised, but although slightly clunky, practice makes perfect. As an older driver, I find driving this car a rewarding experience, and one that brings back long lost memories of earlier times!
Reliability
So far so good!
Performance
Exhilarating
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Petrol consumption one of the weaker points. Servicing better than average.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.6T

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Review
Awesome car! It always puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. Was torn between this and a Fiesta ST but ultimately went with the VXR as I believe this has a more aggressive road presence. My main concern before purchasing was the notorious M32 gearbox, yet after 2 years of 'spirited' driving it's still going strong. When the turbo kicks in the brutal accelaration pushes you back into the super comfy Recaro bucket seats. The car corners like it's on rails and the suspension is not harsh in the slightest (mine is a non-performance pack car).

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

20
Review
The car is terrible. Gearbox is made of a kind of soft substance, possibly cheese or maybe butter hard to tell. I have had the car for a year now from new and the gearbox has now broken twice. Also the clutch has had to be replaced. Now you are probably going to blame the driver for something like this but my driving sn not the problem here. The car is used for general commuting. Obviously too taxing for a Vauxhall. The Ford Fiesta ST is the car to go for if you are after something similar. Forgot to mention there has been a recall for some wiring problem in this car. Also the car has cut out on me server all times while moving. This turned out to be a faulty connection to the battery. All the surrounding plastics had melted.

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