Vauxhall’s best-selling supermini is one of the most well-rounded on the market
The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the first names most people think of when they think ‘quality small car’. Introduced in the UK in 1993, the Corsa has forever been a favourite for small families, first time drivers, and those who want a second steed for getting around town. With heavy competition from the Ford Fiesta and the VW Polo amongst many others, the Corsa still stands out as one of the best options for anyone wanting to buy a supermini.
Updated in 2014, the fourth-generation Corsa has much improved engines, sharper styling, and a suspension system designed specifically for UK roads.
Good quality materials, impressive standard spec, and lots of adaptable space
One place where the Corsa excels over its rivals, is its well designed interior. With textured materials throughout the cabin, and a big boot, the Corsa is both practical and a thoroughly nice environment to be in.
Since its update in 2014, a lot has changed inside the Corsa. With a new textured dashboard and gloss details on the front doors, the cabin feels confident and contemporary. In terms of quality of materials, the Corsa outdoes nearly every other car in its class, with only the Volkswagen Polo being a genuine rival.
The boot in the Corsa is another place where it excels. Bigger than a lot of cars in its class with 280 litres of storage, the Corsa offers drivers a deep, squared off space that can handle everything from kids buggies and your weekly shop, to your everyday bits and bobs. When the seats are folded down, there is a slight issue of a staggered surface, but for most things you’re going to put in your boot, it won’t make too much difference.
Most versions of the Vauxhall Corsa come pretty well-specced. Everything Excite trim and above comes as standard with an impressive 7” touchscreen monitor, and Vauxhall’s Intellilink system. This controls the DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB connection, and most impressively, functions as an extension of your IPhone or Android with the BringGo app. For most of us this is going to be incredibly useful, and is technology you don’t even see in executive cars.
Vauxhall have really got it right with the impressive cabin of the Corsa. Lots of space, impressive spec, and high quality materials make this a complete package.
On The Road
Improved handling makes this the best Corsa ever
For such a small car, the Corsa has a very refined ride. Whilst it could be a little sharper in the corners, it’s still a fun, stable car to drive around town in.
Vauxhall have designed a suspension system for the Corsa that’s been engineered to cater for British roads. And you can really tell. Whether you’re pottering round town, or hitting those nasty potholes out in the country lanes, the Corsa never feels particularly jumpy or uncomfortable. Whilst it might not be quite as responsive in the corners as its massive rival, the Ford Fiesta, the Corsa is still a fun car to drive. Add in the addition of the City button, which helps with tight parking, and you’ve got a pretty good package.
There are three options with the Corsa suspension-wise. Cars with 16” wheels get a soft suspension, whereas those with 17” wheels have a stiffer, sportier set-up. The VXR is stiffer still, but still surprisingly comfortable. All of the options provide a good ride quality so it doesn’t make too much difference which option you go for.
Gearbox wise, there are three options throughout the range. On basic models, you get a 5-speed manual, that whilst decent, is a little rangy. The 6-speed version that comes on the rest of the range is however, sharp and responsive. There’s also an automatic gearbox on the 1.4i Elite model, though these are harder to find used.
1.0 litre engine is easily the best in its class, whilst VXR offers power for those with a need for speed
The Vauxhall Corsa has a selection of engines that range from the exceptional 1.0i litre turbocharged petrol, to the powerful 1.6 litre turbo in the VXR. With a variety of options, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.
When it comes to power, the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine in the VXR offers pace in spades. With 205 hp and 180lb/ft of torque, the VXR will get you from 0-62 mph in just 6.8 seconds, right up to its top speed of 143 mph. This is faster than its closest rival, the Fiesta ST.
If you’re more interested in saving yourself some cash, the best option to go for is the 3-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the 1.0i Ecoflex model. With only 117 g/km of emissions, you won’t be paying too much road tax. Add in an impressive fuel consumption figure of up to 65.7 mpg, and you’ve got yourself the perfect city car. This car is no slouch either, it’ll easily get you from A to B and beyond.
For those truly enamoured with saving the planet, the 1.3CDTI ecoFLEX (diesel) engine produces only 84 g/km of C02. That’s enough to cater to your environmental concerns as well as saving you money on road tax, as this model is exempt.
Whichever engine choice you go for in your used Corsa, you’re sure to get a car capable of handling your everyday needs, and more.
Four Star NCAP results leave Corsa behind some of its rivals, but good standard safety equipment
Disappointingly, the Vauxhall Corsa didn’t, like many of its rivals, achieve the highest rating from NCAP. Whilst this may worry some people, it still received respectable results which don’t leave it too far behind. Where the Corsa makes up for this slight negative, is through high-tech safety equipment. Equipped with six airbags, traction control, and hill-start assist, you’re well covered. Add in the optional forward collision alert and you’ve yourself one safe little supermini.
Value for money
Cheap running costs, so long as you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Vauxhall Corsa offers great value for money. This obviously varies from one model to another, but throughout the range there is value to be had. Many of the models have low CO2 emissions, and offer impressive fuel efficiency, with no model (excluding the sporty VXR) falling below 55.4 mpg (1.4i turbo). This is one area that sets out the Corsa as one of the best in its class.
In terms of insurance, this also varies from model to model. The cheapest in the range start from group 3, though most models are group 10. If you decide to go for the pacy VXR model you’ll obviously pay quite a bit more, with this model in particular being group 30. This aside, the Corsa represents excellent value for money, and for young drivers, the less powerful models offer the perfect first-car solution.
Depreciation is one area that particularly affects the Vauxhall Corsa. The Corsa may well be one of the cheapest new cars in its class, but with first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most popular superminis in the UK, and for good reason. With a high quality interior, refined handling, impressive engine options, and cheap running costs, the Corsa should be high up your list when choosing which small, practical car to buy.
Buying a used Vauxhall Corsa online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Vauxhall Corsa for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Corsa. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Vauxhall Corsa online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Corsa? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Vauxhall Corsa, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Corsa, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Vauxhall to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.