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Car Review

Vauxhall Corsa review

£19,360 - £28,790
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Published: 29 Nov 2023
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Buying

What should I be paying?

The range starts at £19,625 for the 74bhp nat-asp petrol – upgrading to the 99bhp engine adds £900 and the automatic transmission another £700 or so. The middle trim adds £2.5k and the top-spec car starts from £25,420, topping out at £28,120 for the 128bhp auto. This is versus the Corsa Electric which costs £32k at a minimum. Strewth.

Remind me of the trims again.

There are three trim lines on offer here: Design, GS and Ultimate. Design and GS get the 74bhp and 99bhp engine options, while Ultimate is 99bhp or 128bhp only.

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As standard you get LED headlights, Apple/Android connectivity, cruise control, the 10in touchscreen infotainment set-up, air con, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and auto lights, an electronic handbrake (autos only) remote central locking and 16in alloys.

GS adds LED lights front and rear, a rear-view camera, climate control, heated door mirrors, 17in wheels, wireless Apple/Android connectivity and blind spot monitoring.

Meanwhile, the top-spec Ultimate car offers adaptive cruise, front parking sensors and a rear-view camera, 10in touchscreen infotainment, heated front seats (with massage function) and steering wheel, and a bit of Alcantara trim.

What are the running costs like?

All of the petrol Corsas are rated for more than 50mpg and will easily manage that in mixed driving. With electric charging prices as high as they currently are, you’ll have to do some clever maths to see whether it’s really worth making the switch or just sticking with petrol.

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All engines will cost £210 for the first year of VED, after that they’re all £165. The electric version is of course £0, but the purchase price is that much higher. If you’re getting the Corsa as a company car then the 27-29 per cent Benefit-in-Kind rate of the petrols is pricey next to the two per cent of the EVs. The forthcoming hybrid might be a decent middle ground.

Which one should I go for? 

The 99bhp engine in GS trim is the pick of the lot: the six-speed manual has a well-defined throw, and we’re not sure we could bring ourselves to spend the extra cash to upgrade to the 128bhp engine with the automatic. No, the 99bhp unit is the sweet spot in terms of useful performance combined with frugality. Stick with that.

Now Vauxhall, any chance of a VXR version for old times’ sake?

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