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Vauxhall Corsa

(2020 - present)

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The Vauxhall Corsa is a small, supermini-class, five-door hatchback. The current model was unveiled in late 2019 before going on sale in the UK in early 2020. It is the first Corsa built under PSA’s ownership of Vauxhall, and it is shares most of its components with the Peugeot 208.

Unlike previous Corsas, the new model is only available as a five-door hatchback, with no three-door model available. The regular model is available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, while there is also an electric model called the Corsa-e that we cover separately.

The Vauxhall Corsa currently has a rather disappointing Expert Rating for a brand new model. As of April 2021, its score of 72% places it firmly in the bottom half of all the supermini hatchbacks that we have analysed to date. It’s also significantly lower than the mechanically-identical Peugeot 208, although it’s a clear improvement on the previous Corsa. The Corsa-e also scores slightly better than the petrol/diesel version, with a rating that currently sits at 74%.

The Expert Rating score may change as we get more local reviews, with many of the scores to date based on the car’s international launch in Europe, so keep checking back for the latest updates. However, a relatively low score certainly hasn’t hurt the Corsa’s sales – it was the UK’s best-selling car for the second half of 2020 and just fell short of dethroning the Ford Fiesta from its position atop the sales charts for the overall year.

The Corsa has received praised for its exterior styling and improved handling, as well as for being generally more sophisticated than previous generations. However, there have been criticisms of the interior design and quality, an uncomfortable ride and high prices compared to its rivals. Like its Peugeot cousin, the Corsa has a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating compared to the five-star scores of many other superminis. It also scored poorly in anti-theft security tests by Thatcham Research.

Key specifications

Body style: Small five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £15,750 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: November 2019

84%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

69%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco Rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Vauxhall Corsa has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic. It is due to resume in the second half of the year.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: March 2020
Model tested: Ultimate Turbo 100

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Vauxhall Corsa has received

2021

  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Supermini

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