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Vauxhall Corsa VXR review

£12,390 - £34,105
Published: 13 Jan 2015


What is it like to drive?

The headline stats are 205bhp and 180lb ft of torque. But deploying a gratuitous right foot kicks in an overboost function that sees torque swell to 207lb ft for five seconds. That's enough to see off 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph: slower than a RenaultSport Clio but, importantly, faster than a Fiesta ST.

But thanks to a remap and slightly raised redline, that torque is spread thicker from 1,900rpm to 5,800rpm. This means you're not fighting lag, and, as you're in a juicier power band more often, there's no need to scurry through the new shorter-throw but still slightly stodgy gearbox.

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Adding the PP delivers a more visceral, lairy driving experience, as the diff makes for an entertaining companion as it locks up and sniffs out grip like a traction-happy truffle. dog.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Turbo GS Line 5dr Auto
  • 0-628.2s
  • CO2
  • BHP130
  • MPG
  • Price£23,520

the cheapest

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Design 5dr
  • 0-6212.4s
  • CO2
  • BHP75
  • MPG
  • Price£17,770
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