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Vauxhall CORSA HATCHBACK 1.4 [75] Active 3dr

Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
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Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr
Vauxhall CORSA 1.4 [75] Active 3dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG50.40
  • 0-62mph15.5 secs
  • Top Speed101 mph
  • C02130 g/km
  • BHP75
  • Torque96 lbs/f
  • P11D27%

Review

Time, perhaps, to change the way you feel about Vauxhall's Corsa. This fifth generation version aims to surprise in all the ways its predecessor was unremarkable. As a result, on paper at least, it's the most competitive supermini the brand has ever brought us. There's even an all-electric model.

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With a little Gallic assistance, Vauxhall has rejuvanted its Corsa supermini to make sure it stays relevant to buyers in this crowded market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Vauxhall's Corsa has always been a well-priced, practical supermini but it's usually been let down by distinctively average engines, a bit of a weight problem, less than cutting-edge technology and the lack of the kind of spark that would endear you to the thing. All stuff that Vauxhall reckons has been sorted in this fifth generation version. We'll see. The key boxes certainly seem to have been ticked here. Vauxhall is merely an Anglo/Teutonic outpost of the French PSA Peugeot/Citroen conglomerate these days, so it's not surprising to find this MK5 model Corsa pretty much completely based on the second generation Peugeot 208 announced at about the same time. Which means that this car will get that one's battery full-electric tech too - enter the Corsa-e. Most Corsa buyers though, will continue to want a fossil-fuelled lump beneath the bonnet. Vauxhall's also promising a big step up in provision when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, there are two petrol units and a single diesel to choose from. Ideally, you'd want to avoid the base 75PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, which can only be had with 5-speed manual transmission. And go instead for the more modern three cylinder, direct injection turbocharged 100PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant your dealer will prefer to point you towards. Here, there's a gutsier 205Nm of torque, which will mean easier mid-range overtaking and less of a need to 'row' the car along with the 6-speed gear lever in town. Alternatively with this 100PS drivetrain, there's the option of an auto transmission - and a very sophisticated one with 8-speeds which includes steering wheel paddleshifters. The minority-interest Corsa engine option is a 1.5-litre 100PS diesel which will be a rare sight, but might make sense if you habitually undertake longer distances in your supermini, thanks to a plump 250Nm torque output. All the engines on offer are helped in their task by a significant weight reduction this time round - Vauxhall says it can be as much as 10%, which is quite a lot in supermini terms. Base-spec variants can now weigh as little as 980kgs. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that will be available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134hp.

Design and Build

The idea this time round with the Corsa is to strike a better balance between sportiness and comfort, thanks to a re-designed body shell and new aluminium engines. There are lighter underpinnings too, based on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) platform this car shares with the latest Peugeot 208. Despite this, this fifth generation model is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase delivering more interior and boot space from this five-door-only model. The smarter body panels are still fashioned from the usual range of high-strength steels, but it's all been stitched together in a more weight-conscious manner, saving 40kg over the outgoing Corsa. Visually, the standard Corsa is virtually identical to the electric version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs. An exterior highlight that Vauxhall is particularly proud of it's the fact that this is the first car in the class to feature adaptive glare-free full-LED headlights - the brand's 'IntelliLux LED Matrix' package, the kind of thing previously restricted to much larger cars. Inside, all Corsas have identical cabins, which centre around a new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro.

Market and Model

If you'd got used to Corsa pricing for base models being in the £11,000 to £13,500 bracket (which is where it's been in recent times), you might need a cup of hot sweet tea after perusal of the figures being asked for this fifth generation French-inspired version, which start from around £15,500 for the feeblest 1.2-litre base-spec petrol variant. And even if you avoid the all-electric Corsa-e, it's still possible to pay as much as £25,000 for the ritziest-trimmed petrol model. Five doors are now standard (which partly explains the price rise), the three-door body style of previous models being deemed no longer necessary. For the Corsa-e, you're looking at needing to find around £26,000, though from that, you can deduct a £,500 government plug-in car grant. There are four core trim level options for the Corsa this time round - 'SE', 'SRi', 'Elite Nav' and 'Ultimate'. Go for the 'SE' or 'SRi' variants and there are interim 'Nav' and 'Premium' options. You can have the 'Elite Nav' model in an upgraded 'Elite Nav Premium' state of spec too. It's all quite complex. Simpler to comprehend is the need to pay a premium for auto transmission - an extra £1,730 on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'SE' derivatives are quite well equipped, fitted with 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen radio, a leather flat bottom steering wheel and LED Headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Cost of Ownership

Huge efforts have gone in here to improve running cost efficiency by saving weight. As a result, expect the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variants that many will want to be very acceptably clean and frugal. With the 100hp model, you can expect to manage around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and return a CO2 reading not much over 100g/km, which is pretty good going for a car in this segment. The 1.5-litre diesel version of course does much better. Over 60mpg on the combined cycle should be eminently achievable, along with a sub-100g/km of CO2 reading. But of course if you're really interested in ecological efficiency, there'll be just one variant of this car that'll interest you, the all-electric Corsa-e. For this derivative, Vauxhall claims a WLTP-rated driving range between charges of 211 miles. And fast charging at the rate of 100kW is available via a CCS socket hidden behind the fuel cap, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes. If you install a wallbox at home, you can recharge the battery from empty in around five hours if you have an 11kW electricity supply - or in around eight hours with a 7.4kW supply. Bear in mind that the Corsa-e is around 350kgs heavier than the ordinary version.

Summary

Ultimately, what we're looking at here is a Corsa that can. It can be fun to drive. It can deliver a big car feel. And it can stack up well on the balance sheet. It's a small Vauxhall for which no apologies need to be made. All that will worry obvious supermini rivals. After all, this model's predecessor lacked a little in all of these areas, yet still racked up very respectable sales against them. This MK5 version's still very competitively priced, but has become a contender in this segment that sells on more than just sheer value. It's not perfect of course. It doesn't lead its class in terms of either space, efficiency or driving dynamics. And more work is still needed under the bonnet to deliver an engine range in which all the options are as good as the mid-range three cylinder turbo petrol unit. The key though, is that this Vauxhall is now there, or thereabouts, in the three key areas I've just mentioned. Add to that the wide model line-up and the likely deals on offer and you've a supermini that more than ever, needs to remain high on any family's shopping list.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Black foil on B-pillars
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body coloured door mirrors
Chrome front grille
Daytime running lights
Dipping rear view mirror
Door to door illumination
Electric adjustable/manual folding door mirrors (wide angle on driver's side)
Electric front windows/one touch facility
Electric headlight beam leveling
Electrically operated front windows with safety auto reverse/one touch facility
Halogen headlights
Hazard warning lamps
Headlamp levelling
Heated rear window
Heated windscreen
High level LED centre brake light
Intermittent rear wash/wipe
Laminated windscreen
Rear fog lights
Rear wiper
Side window demist vents
Tinted windows
Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Windscreen demist vents
Interior Features
One piece folding rear seat
12V electrical accessory socket in front
3 spoke steering wheel
Air blend heater and 4 speed fan
Anti submarining ramps in all seats
Centre console with cupholders
Chrome interior door handles
Cloth upholstery
Comfort front seats
Driver's and front passenger's sunvisors
Driver's and front passenger's tiltable assist handles
Driver's and passenger's vanity mirrors with flip up cover
Driver's vanity mirror
Easy entry reclining front seats with memory
Four adjustable facia vents
Front courtesy lights
Front door pockets
Front map reading lights
Front seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters
Glovebox with lid
Grab handles
Height adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable rear head restraints with adjustable backrest
Illuminated luggage compartment
Instrument panel light dimmer
Interior tailgate handles
Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
Leather covered steering wheel
Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
Load restraining lashing points
Luggage compartment cover
Multi function steering wheel
Passenger make up mirror
Pollen filter
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear bottle holder
Rear courtesy lights
Reclining front seats
Storage box on driver's side lower facia
Stowage facility for luggage compartment cover behind rear seats
Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
Two rear tiltable passenger assist handles
Welcome lighting
Wheels
Tyre inflation kit
15" 8 spoke alloy wheels painted in silver
Low rolling resistance tyres
Driver Convenience
Bluetooth system
Central facia display
Cruise control + speed limiter
Digital fuel gauge with low fuel warning light
Digital water temperature gauge
Electric speed sensitive power steering
Exterior temperature gauge
Lights on audible warning
Rev counter
Service indicator
Speed warning indicator
Speedometer
Trip computer
Entertainment
CD30 BT audio system - AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 CD player,Bluetooth,USB audio connection, AUX in socket
Steering wheel mounted audio/cruise controls
Safety
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Brake assist function
Electronic brake force distribution
Electronic Stability Programme
Energy absorbing steering column
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front and rear seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
Front seatbelt force limiters
Gas pressure dampers
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assist
Passenger airbag deactivation system
Pedal release system
Rear child proof door locks
Reinforced passenger safety cell
Side impact protection beams
Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Three inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Electronically protected audio
Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks
Key left in ignition audible warning
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control central locking
Visible vehicle identification number
Technical
Front anti roll bar
Trim
Piano Black facia
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 128
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1398
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 49.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 57.7
EC Urban (mpg) 39.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 49.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 34.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 34.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 47.9
General
Badge Engine CC 1.4
Badge Power 75
Coin Series Active
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 3E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 79
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 77
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 71
NCAP Safety Assist % 56
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 20000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 72
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 100000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 15.5
Engine Power - BHP 75
Engine Power - KW 55
Engine Power - RPM 4200
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 96
Engine Torque - MKG 13.3
Engine Torque - NM 130
Engine Torque - RPM 4000
Top Speed 101
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear 185/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 8 SPOKE
Wheel Type 15" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1479
Length 4021
Wheelbase 2510
Width 1736
Width (including mirrors) 1944
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 45
Gross Vehicle Weight 1585
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1090
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 280
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 550
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £258.99 p/m £17.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £272.99 p/m £27.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £284.99 p/m £39.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £206.99 p/m £21.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £219.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £230.99 p/m £47.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £178.99 p/m £26.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £188.99 p/m £38.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £196.99 p/m £67.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £310.99 p/m £20.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £326.99 p/m £33.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £341.99 p/m £47.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £247.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £263.99 p/m £37.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £276.99 p/m £57.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £214.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £226.99 p/m £45.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £235.99 p/m £80.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Front and rear parking distance sensors with audible warning and distance warning graphic £465.00
Rear parking distance sensors £300.00
Exterior Features
Special solid paint £295.00
Two coat metallic paint £565.00
Two coat Premium paint £655.00
Interior Features
60/40 split folding rear seat £140.00
Front passenger seat height adjust £75.00
Paintwork
Solid - Aegean blue FOC
Special paint - Brilliant lava red £295.00
Special paint - Brilliant Summit white £295.00
Two coat metallic - Mineral black £565.00
Two coat metallic - Persian blue £565.00
Two coat metallic - Satin steel grey £565.00
Two coat metallic - Sovereign silver £565.00
Two coat premium - Dark moon blue £655.00
Trim
Cloth - Spot Shimmer Black FOC
Wheels
Full size steel spare wheel £110.00
* option prices shown are estimated