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Vauxhall Corsa review - Practicality & boot space

A five-door only bodystyle boosts practicality but the back seats are slightly cramped

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The current generation of Vauxhall Corsa is only offered in five-door guise. Three-door cars have been falling out of popularity in recent years, mainly because getting in and out of the back or accessing a child seat is much more difficult. Modern styling techniques have also come up with neat tricks to make five-doors look just as sporty as their three-door counterparts.

Vauxhall Corsa interior space & storage

Rear doors certainly benefit access the Corsa’s back seats and children will be happy once positioned, but the rear doors are quite narrow. Vauxhall has at least tried to make things easier with three ISOFIX points for fitting a child seat. However, we found that space in the back for an adult was particularly tight with limited kneeroom, so it wouldn’t prove adequate for taller passengers on longer drives. The lower roofline also makes the Corsa's back seats feel considerably tighter than in a Renault Clio or MG3.

Boot space

The Corsa's boot measures 309 litres, so it's slightly larger than the 285 litres of its predecessor, pips the 292-litre boot found in the Ford Fiesta but fails to match the Volkswagen Polo's 351-litre boot, or the 391 litres offered by the Renault Clio. The Corsa Electric’s boot is a meagre 267 litres because of the space taken up by the battery.

Towing

With the exception of the 74bhp engine and the Corsa Electric, all models can tow a braked trailer weighing up to 1,200kg or an unbraked trailer up to 580kg. This means you should be able to pull a small trailer to the dump or haul a small caravan, but anything bigger is likely to be too heavy.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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