Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Lights on warning
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Multi function display
  • Rev counter
  • Service indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Speed warning indicator
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • DAB digital radio module
  • Fingertip controls for audio system
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome effect tailpipe extension
  • Coming home function
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric front windows/one touch facility
  • Fog lights with chrome surround
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear window
  • Heated windscreen
  • Laminated windscreen
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Manual folding door mirrors
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear wiper
  • Roof spoiler
  • Tinted glass including windscreen
  • Two speed windscreen wipers

Interior Features

  • 12V power outlet
  • 2 height adjustable rear headrests
  • Adjustable dashboard illumination
  • Air recirculation system
  • Centre console with cupholders
  • Chrome gear knob
  • Delay courtesy light function
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
  • Electric reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Front door pockets
  • Front map reading lights
  • Front seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiters
  • Glovebox
  • Grab handles
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • Isofix on outer rear seats
  • Lace cloth trim
  • Lidded front door storage with drinks holder + armrest
  • Load restraining lashing points
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear parcel shelf
  • Rear reading lights
  • Reclining front seats
  • Sports front seats

Safety

  • ABS + EBD + EBA
  • Brake assist
  • Child proof door locks
  • Driver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
  • ESP + traction control
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti-drill door locks
  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Key left in ignition audible warning
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Radio frequency remote central locking

Technical

  • Sports suspension

Trim

  • Chrome effect speaker surrounds
  • Piano black facia with red inserts

Wheels

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Tyre inflation kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

120

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1398

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

54.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

65.7

EC Urban (mpg)

41.5

General

Badge Engine CC

1.4

Badge Power

90

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

SRi VX-line

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

6E

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

79

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

77

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

4

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

71

NCAP Safety Assist %

56

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

60

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

100000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

13.2

Engine Power - BHP

90

Engine Power - KW

66

Engine Power - RPM

6000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

95.9

Engine Torque - MKG

13.3

Engine Torque - NM

130

Engine Torque - RPM

4000

Top Speed

109

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/45 R17

Tyre Size Rear

215/45 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1481

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4021

Wheelbase

2510

Width

1746

Width (including mirrors)

1944

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

45

Gross Vehicle Weight

1629

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1120

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

285

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

800

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

550

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.6

On The Road

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Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Security

Trim

Summary

It's said that while the key to happiness is hard to define, the root of unhappiness is easy. It's trying to please all of the people, all of the time. Yet that's exactly what the modern supermini needs to do. It's a virtually impossible task and it's a tribute to the talent of the best of the current crop that they manage to do so much so well. The Corsa has long been a stalwart in this sector, but time and technology had overtaken the MK3 version. This fourth-generation car looks to have the talent to dive right back into the fray. At first, it looks like a mere restyle, but it's much more than that. Here's a car that's been designed from a clean sheet of paper, with an enormous development budget behind it. Available in both petrol and diesel guises, manual or auto, with three doors or five, the Corsa is off to a promising start.

Background

How we used to chuckle at the Vauxhall Corsa, the totem of the clueless supermini driver. That was until 2006 when the Corsa suddenly and unexpectedly became one of the best cars in its class. It drove well, it felt solid and it even looked pretty perky. The VXR models were complete hooligans and the diesel versions reliable and economical. Small wonder the Corsa became a fixture in the UK top ten best selling cars, albeit glancing up with barely-disguised envy at the massive-selling Ford Fiesta. Lasting right through to 2015 has been one marathon innings for Vauxhall's baby and in recent years, the Corsa has started to feel its age. Newer rivals like the Volkswagen Polo, the Renault Clio and the Peugeot 208 have all queued up to join the Fiesta in attempting to give the Vauxhall a good working over, so General Motors probably think it's payback time. Say hello to the response.

Driving Experience

The Corsa has always been a pretty entertaining steer and Vauxhall is looking to continue that trend. Underpinning this latest fourth-generation car is a completely redesigned chassis with precisely zero carry-over components from the last model. It sports a 5mm lower centre of gravity, a stiffer front sub-frame and a sharper suspension geometry. The electrically-assisted power steering gets a City mode for you to twirl around effortlessly when parking , but receives a UK-specific tune to cater for our roads. Internal friction has been minimised, as has understeer. Both Comfort and Sport suspension set ups have improved dampers that aid ride quality. The star of the Corsa's engine range is the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol unit. Recognising that diesel engines don't always make the big sales numbers in the supermini sector, Vauxhall has instead devoted its attention to super-efficient petrol units. The 1.0-litre is the only production three-cylinder engine on the market with a balancer shaft, helping it combat noise, vibration and harshness. This Euro6-compliant engine is offered on either 90 or 115PS power outputs and both manage 170Nm of torque at just 1,800rpm. An improved version of Vauxhall's 1.4 turbo engine is also featured and there are two budget naturally-aspirated petrol engines - a 1.2 and a 1.4-litre. Big improvements to the 1.3 CDTi diesel have elevated it to Euro 6 emissions standards. At the top of the range, there's the 205PS 1.6-litre turbocharged VXR hot hatch variant. Transmissions? Vauxhall has announced two six-speed gearboxes, a manual and an automatic, delivering greater efficiency and a slicker shift action.

Design and Build

Straight away, you'll spot similarities to the front end of the ADAM model and that's no coincidence, this looking set to become the Vauxhall family face for the foreseeable future. That means a rounded, friendly look with a broader front grille than Corsas of old. The overall proportioning isn't that much of a departure, this car retaining the somewhat tall and narrow shape of the third generation model. It's almost identical in length to that car too but all of this improved model's body panels are new and provide greater definition between the 'sporty' look of the three-door and the 'premium' five-door models. Some of the detailing is quite assured, including the sculptural 'blade' running across the lower door-sections. Drop inside and you'll see even bigger improvements. The old Corsa always felt a solid thing but time hadn't been kind to the basic design of the interior and this latest model rectifies that quite emphatically. A driver control centre takes pride of place within the instrument panel, which is themed around horizontal lines. The fourth-generation Corsa is also the first high-volume Vauxhall to be available with IntelliLink, the communications system which has already been seen in the ADAM.

Market and Model

The Corsa operates in a section of the market that, while headed by the Fiesta, has been turned on its head by the rise of Korean models such as the Hyundai i20 and the Kia Rio. Put bluntly, if your car isn't generously equipped right down to the entry-level model, it's going to face an uphill task. Vauxhall has announced a whole slew of equipment for the Corsa to make sure it is. Prices are much as before across the three and five-door range, starting at around £9,000, with trim levels running from 'Life' to 'Sting', 'Sting R', 'Design', 'SRi', 'SRi VX-Line' and 'SE'. Plus there are the inevitable special editions too, so you'll not be short of choice. All models get features like a heated windscreen, remote central locking, powered front windows and mirrors, a decent quality stereo with an aux-in socket and hill start assist to stop you drifting backwards on uphill junctions. Safety stuff includes twin front, side and curtain airbags plus ESP stability control. In its fourth generation, plusher versions of this Corsa get heat for the front seats, steering wheel and windscreen, as well as soft-tone ambient lighting, plus a full-size panoramic roof is also available. Safety systems include Side Blindspot Alert, High Beam Assist, Lane Departure Warning, bi-xenon lights and a rear-view camera.

Cost of Ownership

Vauxhall can't afford to get the Corsa's cost of ownership figures wrong. This car has been the company's best-selling model for many years, generally sitting at number two in the overall passenger car sales charts. In its last full year, Vauxhall sold 83,000 Corsas in the UK, outstripping total full-range sales of manufacturers like SEAT, Skoda, Renault and Citroen. We're the lead market for the Corsa by a massive margin, the second biggest being Germany with 50,000 registrations. The UK is also a market that's very sensitive to fuel economy and emissions variations between models. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine makes some pretty impressive numbers, recording 54.7mpg on the combined cycle. The 75 and 95PS versions of the 1.3-litre CDTi diesel both come with fuel-saving Start/Stop technology fitted as standard. The former will reduce the three-door model's CO2 emissions down to 85g/km and fuel consumption is clocked at 87.8mpg in the combined cycle.