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The Top Gear car review: Vauxhall Corsa VXR

Overall verdict
Vauxhall has turned the Corsa VXR into a convincing fast pocket rocket.


Big changes make a big difference: bombastic but with newfound ability


The lairy drive isn't for everyone


What is it?

Vauxhall’s second crack at a go-faster Corsa that’s gunning straight for the Fiesta ST. Admittedly, not much has happened under the bonnet as the same 1.6-litre turbo engine from the old car powers the front wheels, just with new air filters, intercooler and a reworked Remus exhaust previously only seen on limited editions added.

But the chassis has received a comprehensive nose-to-tail revamp. Sitting 10mm lower with trick dampers from Koni, plus all-new bushes, uprights, a stiffer rear suspension setup, different anti-roll bars, and, for the first time, a two-stage ESC system, it’s a serious shopping list.

One that you can now also extend thanks to an optional Performance Pack. It’s a commitment that’ll relieve you of £2,400 but morph your VXR into a de-badged version of the TG award-winning Nurburgring Edition by adding a more damping sport setup, larger, more powerful 330mm-diameter four-pot Brembo brakes (they’re 308mm as standard), 18-inch wheels, and, best of all, a voodoo Drexler mechanical limited-slip differential sandwiched between the front wheels. It’s a brilliant addition which we salute Vauxhall for engineering in.

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 ecoTEC 90 Design 3dr
13.2s 120g/km 54.3 90 £12,390
The greenest
100kW Elite Nav 50kWh 5dr Auto
8.1s 0g/km 136 £34,105