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The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall Corsa

Overall verdict
Vauxhall has turned the Corsa into a class-competitive contender.


Transformed over the old one, it's now a genuine Ford Fiesta competitor


Will casual onlookers believe the scale of the transformation?


What is it?

Standard four-metre supermini as per the Corsa that’s littered UK roads for longer than most of us would care to remember. Although in this fourth generation, it’s actually pretty good. Following a big refresh to make it look vaguely like the Adam, the Corsa makes a rational case for itself beyond reflex, nearest-dealer purchase. 

Every panel is new, though it still resembles the Corsa that so many people bought in droves. Sharpened and tidied up, it now sports fresh engines, steering and suspension tuned specifically for UK roads and a new interior. It’s the best Corsa ever. Which is more of a compliment than it sounds. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 VXR 3dr
6.8s 205 £17,995
The cheapest
1.4 ecoFLEX Sting 3dr
13.2s 118g/km 55.4 90 £10,665
The greenest
1.3 CDTI [95] ecoFLEX Design 3dr Easytronic
13.5s 91g/km 83.3 95 £15,445
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