Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Adjustable dashboard illumination
  • Bluetooth with USB box
  • City mode button
  • Door/boot opening warning light
  • Ignition key reminder warning
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • PAS
  • Rev counter
  • Service indicator
  • Speed limit audible warning
  • Trip computer
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • Aux input socket
  • CD30 Radio CD/MP3
  • Digital radio (DAB)
  • Steering wheel controls for remote audio

Exterior Features

  • 2 Speed windscreen wiper + Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Electric front windows with one touch drivers window
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Tinted tailgate glass

Interior Features

  • Air recirculation system
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Cupholder in centre console
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors + vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear cup holders
  • Front armrest
  • Front door pockets
  • Front map reading lights
  • Front passenger underseat storage tray
  • Grab handles
  • Half height steel bulkhead
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated load area
  • Load lashing points
  • Pollen filter
  • Reclining front seats
  • Spot shimmer cloth upholstery

Safety

  • Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
  • Front seatbelt pre-tensioners + force limiters
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Passenger airbag with deactivation switch
  • Side and front curtain airbags

Security

  • Anti-drill locks and ignition barrel
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking and deadlocks

Technical

  • 12V accessory socket
  • ABS + EBA + EBD
  • ASR traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • ESP
  • Hill start assist

Trim

  • Gunpowder grey interior trim

Wheels

  • 15" steel wheels
  • Full size spare wheel

Emissions

CO

0.043

CO2 (g/km)

100

HC+NOx

0.051

Noise Level dB(A)

73

NOx

0.03

Particles

0.0003

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

General

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

Safety Concerns?

1

Badge Engine CC

1.3

Badge Power

75

Based On ID

Battery Volts

12

Chassis Engine Number

Clutch

SINGLE DRY PLATE

Coin Description

Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code

Coin Power Output Code

Coin Series

Coin Wheelbase Description Code

Coin Wheelbase Name Code

Front Brakes

DISCS

Front Suspension

MCPHERSON STRUTS

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

0

Hand Brake

REAR WHEELS

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Safety Assist %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Power

NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09

0

Badge Engine CC

Vehicle Homologation Class

Running Cost League Headings

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

12

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Service Interval Frequency - Months

0

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

48

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

80000

Vehicle Homologation Class

N1

Vin/Frame No.

Engine and Drive Train

Automatic Transmission

1

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

69.6

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1248

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cooling System

WATER

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Code

B13DTC

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Engine Make

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Fuel Delivery

DIESEL

Gears

5 SPEED

Manual Transmission

1

Number of Valves

16

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

82

Camshaft

DOHC

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Combined (mpg)

74.3

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

85.6

EC Urban (mpg)

61.4

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

14.8

Engine Power - BHP

75

Engine Power - KW

55

Engine Power - RPM

3750

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

140.1

Engine Torque - MKG

19.4

Engine Torque - NM

190

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

102

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Automatic Clutch

1

Plated 3rd Axle

Plated 4th Axle

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Make

Tyre Size Front

185/65 R15

Tyre Size Rear

185/65 R15

Tyre Size Spare

FULL SIZE

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

15" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1487

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4021

Load Height

921

Load Length

1257

Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches

969

Side Load Door Height

Side Load Door Width

Turning Circle - Wall to Wall

11

Wheelbase

2510

Width

1736

Width (including mirrors)

1944

Weight and Capacities

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.6

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

45

Gross Train Weight

2895

Gross Vehicle Weight

1695

Load Space Volume

0

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed

Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1200

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

580

Minimum Kerbweight

1124

No. of Seats

2

Max. Loading Weight

571

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

The Corsavan's clearly not going to have things its own way. As before, this generation version is primarily going to have to overcome the appeal of its arch-rival, Ford's Fiestavan, if it wants to win the hearts and minds of urban business operators. Still, this little LCV is better equipped to do that now than it ever was before. It's now big enough for the requirements of most typical operators and the payload increase of this generation version will make a significant difference to some users. On top of that, the pricing is competitive and efficiency is exemplary. Plus this Vauxhall really hammers home its advantage with what is probably the nicest driving environment in the segment, especially if you opt for the top Sportive version. That model also happens to be the nicest to drive, courtesy of a 95PS diesel engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. Overall then, this Vauxhall represents a strong all-round package if you need a van that's intentionally small and nippy. It now sets the standard for supermini-derived LCVs of this sort.

Background

Want to know the key thing that has changed the van market immeasurably for the better? The rise of the owner-operator. Time was when you just drove the van that your company provided you with. Yes, there would always be sales to a few self-employed tradespeople who would buy their own set of wheels, but by and large - and this is the critical point - those who chose and bought commercial vehicles were very rarely tasked with driving the things. That meant real lowest common denominator vehicles that were horrible to drive but, most importantly, cheap to buy and run. These days you can have your cake and eat it too. Van manufacturers have realised they needed to up their respective games and nowhere has the competition become hotter than in the cityvan market. If you want the utility of a van but the driving manners of a car, Vauxhall's Corsavan needs to be one of your first ports of call.

Driving Experience

As you might expect from a car that has had its side windows replaced with metal, the Corsavan drives quite similarly to the standard-issue Corsa hatchback. In case you weren't clued in, this means it drives very well indeed. The Corsa's had a refresh of late and the suspension system has been given a good once-over. The van will ride a little stiffer than the hatch, due to a class-leading payload of 571kg. The engines include a 70PS 1.2-litre petrol version that acts as a budget entry-level variant, then beyond that there are 75 and 95PS versions of the 1.3-litre CDTi diesel, both fitted with start/stop to stretch fuel economy a bit further in town. All versions drive the front wheels via a manual gearbox, which is where Vauxhall is maybe missing a trick on such an urban-oriented vehicle. Something not requiring so much left leg action would be a welcome addition to the range. As you would expect, the driving environment is also on a par with that the of the Corsa supermini and now gets that model's pair of much-improved front seats. A fuel-sipping ecoFLEX version is also available, but this gets a five-speed gearbox which blunts performance compared to the six-speeders on the other diesel versions.

Design and Build

Hot hatch - or business tool? You don't expect a van - any van - to look this sporty. Such, though, are the benefits in design of not having to worry about incorporating a boxy load space out back. It does look pretty slick, especially in racy Sportive trim. This gets a leather trimmed steering wheel, sports seats and piano black dash inserts and can be identified externally by the 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, body-coloured door handles and LED daytime running lights. Inside the Corsa cabin, it's a lot nicer than you'd probably expect a van to be, with evidence of the kind of soft-touch materials that supermini car buyers now increasingly expect. But this also remains a sturdily-built contender, with chunky controls and durable materials that should cope with all the dust, dirt, rough treatment and spilt tea that typical LCV drivers can dish out. At the wheel, everything falls easily to hand and it's easy to get comfortable.

Market and Model

Prices, as you'd expect, are very comparable with those of this model's closest rival, the Ford Fiestavan. The figures open at around £11,000 excluding VAT for the 1.2-litre version. Step up to the 75PS 1.3 CDTi and you're looking at just over £12,000, while the 95PS ecoFLEX version will give you a bit of change from £13,000.The range-topping 1.3 CDTi Sportive is yours for well under £14,000. Equipment levels are reasonably generous for a van, Vauxhall probably reasoning that stripping kit out of a Corsa supermini would probably create a greater incremental cost than just leaving it there in the first place. Therefore even the entry-level Corsavan gets Bluetooth, USB, an AUX-in connection, six airbags, electric windows, daytime running lights, a tyre pressure monitoring system, stability control, a digital radio and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Step up to the Sportive version and you get a ritzier interior finish, but buyers also receive a heated windscreen, rain-sensing wipers, automatic lights, cruise control, a height adjuster for the driver's seat and air conditioning. Factor in the alloy wheels, six-speed transmission and body addenda and that's not a bad haul for an extra £1,000 over the ecoFLEX. Do bear in mind though that you only get a space saver in the Sportive version, where the standard Corsavan gets a full-sized spare. The IntelliLink touch-screen multimedia system is a £750 option.