Vauxhall Corsa hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2
Clever engineering and modern engines keep running costs down
Given the Corsa’s traditional customer base, the new one needs to be affordable to own and run above almost anything else. That's especially the case now that Vauxhall has withdrawn the Adam and Viva, making the Corsa the cheapest car in its range. As Ford Fiesta prices have crept up in recent years, the Corsa can appeal to those looking to save some cash.
Along with the news that the current Corsa is available as an electric car for the first time, a significant point about the standard model is that it tips the scales at just under a tonne in its lightest trims. Weight saving is a great way of saving fuel, as less power is required to move the car. The new Corsa is also more aerodynamic, with features like an active shutter in the grille that closes at higher speeds, a smooth underbody and a rear spoiler that reduces drag.
Vauxhall Corsa MPG & CO2
The Corsa is fitted with either a petrol or diesel engine, and both use advanced technology shared with Peugeot. The entry-level non-turbo 74bhp petrol can is the eco-champion of the petrol engines, returning up to 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 118-133g/km.
The more powerful 99bhp turbocharged petrol is our pick - not only is it cheaper to buy than the diesel but CO2 emissions from just 117-120g/km make it very affordable for business car buyers. It’s capable of fuel economy of up to 52.3mpg, putting it on a par with the 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta EcoBoost. The 128bhp version of the same engine is fitted with an automatic gearbox, and returns up to 50.4mpg and emissions ranging from 123g/km to 136g/km.
A 1.5-litre diesel engine manages 70.6mpg and emits up to 107g/km but we don't think it offers significant enough gains for it to make sense for many buyers, costing around £1,200 more to buy. Long-distance motorway drivers could eventually see the benefits but this isn't really the way most Corsas will be used.
Every petrol and diesel Corsa is liable for the standard VED (road tax) rate, except for the Corsa-e, which will be free to tax thanks to zero CO2 emissions.
Insurance may be slightly more expensive than you’d expect for the Corsa, with even the cheapest model sitting in group 10. Top-spec cars sit in group 23, which is high, and the Corsa-e is that bit higher again, occupying groups 24-25. The Ford Fiesta starts in group five.
Vauxhall offers a fairly ordinary three-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is comparable with rivals like Volkswagen but lags behind the five-year warranties of Hyundai and Renault, as well as Kia's seven-year warranty.
Expect new servicing deals to be announced but the old Corsa could be maintained under its Vauxhall Care package for a cost of around £20 a month.