Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa Motability car sideThe new for 2015 Vauxhall Corsa is a 3 and 5 door hatchback, the main competition comes in the form of the best selling Ford Fiesta and the well built Volkswagen Polo.  This new car is built on the existing chassis from the old car and external design is more evolution than revolution, which Vauxhall can be excused for as despite the old car being around since 2006 it still looks fresh and given that the Corsa is the best selling car in the Vauxhall range it’s too important to the brand to take big risks with. There are two new creases along the side of the car to add a touch of the Peugeot 208 style and the front grille and lights have taken a tip from the Vauxhall Adam, overall the new car is the same size as the outgoing model and the 285 litres of boot space and ample rear seats make it one of the larger cars in this class.

 

Vauxhall Corsa Motability car interiorThe greatest changes come inside the Corsa, the dash is neat and well presented and in Design trim and above the centrally mounted 7″ touch screen controls audio and the linked smartphone. The Corsa is good to drive and comfortable to be driven in, the seats are not class leading but comfortable enough. To mobility customers the entry level car is the mid level ‘Design’ which is astonishingly well appointed and offers value above the competition as standard you get air conditioning, cruise control, 7″ touch screen audio and phone controller with DAB radio, 15″ structure (alloy lookalike) wheels, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, leather covered steering wheel with audio controls, heated front windscreen and electric front windows.  The sporty SRi adds 16″ alloy wheels, sports front seats and pedals, trip computer, heated and electric adjustable external mirrors, automatic wipers and lights and a 60:40 split rear seat. The SE adds heated seats, heated steering wheel and front and rear parking sensors. The Elite has 17 inch alloys, climate control, Xenon head lights with cornering function and a rear parking camera.

 

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Three petrol engines and a single diesel  power the Corsa, only the 1.0 petrol is new, the 1.2, 1.4 petrol and the 1.3 diesel are available in the existing car. The three cylinder one litre comes with either 90 or 115 bhp and is a cracking unit, quiet and able to pull from low revs, quick and economical too, with the higher output it can reach 62 miles per hour in 10.3 seconds (11.9 as 90bhp) claimed economy is up to 65.7 for the smaller output and 57.6 for the more powerful unit. For super economy the 1.3 diesel is the engine to go for as it can return up to 88.3 miles per gallon (with 95bhp) and still hit 62 miles per hour in a respectable 11.9 seconds and produce only 85g co2. The 1.4 litre 90 bhp petrol can reach 62 miles per hour in 13.2 seconds and return up to 55.4 miles per gallon, this engine is also available with either a single clutch semi automatic gearbox (Easytronic) or a 4 speed traditional torque convertor gearbox, but our advice would be to go for the dual clutch units fitted to the Fiesta or Polo.

 

Vauxhall OnStar MotabilityStandard on SE and Elite Corsa’s is OnStar, Vauxhall call this your ‘personal onboard assistant’ – it’s free for the duration of your lease and we like it a lot. This is not a new tech toy it is a quite ingenious system that enables you to download route guidance directly to the sat-nav system or ring the emergency services in the event of a crash. It also brings a WiFi hotspot (with unlimited 4G) and the ability to control certain functions via your smartphone such as tyre pressure, fuel and oil levels. From your phone you can lock and unlock the doors and locate your vehicle if you can’t remember where you last parked and once close you can flash the lights and honk the horn. You can contact an OnStar representative 24/7 if you need the address of a restaurant, want to check a dashboard warning light or forgot to lock your car, even if you are abroad the advisor will talk in the language you have registered with the service.

Summer Best Buy – Vauxhall Corsa ‘SE’  (3 or 5 door) 1.0 petrol 90bhp   –   £199 Advance Payment  (£60.62 wpms)