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Vauxhall Corsa

(2020 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

59
%
D

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

71
%
A

Reliability Rating:

78
%
C

Running Costs:

71
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

59
%
D

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

71
%
A

Reliability Rating:

78
%
C

Running Costs:

71
%
B

Summary


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 a Corsa Electric (formerly known as the Corsa-e) model that we cover separately.

The Vauxhall Corsa received a mid-life facelift in late 2023. The most noticeable aspect of this is revised front-end styling that brings the Corsa in line with Vauxhall’s latest design direction.

The Vauxhall Corsa currently has a rather disappointing reviews from the UK motoring media titles we track. However, a relatively low score certainly hasn’t hurt the Corsa’s sales – it has been the UK’s best-selling car almost every month since it was launched, and became the first car to finally dethrone the Ford Fiesta from its 12-year reign as Britain’s best-selling car in 2021. Although it lost that title to the Nissan Qashqai in 2022, it continues to be one of the country’s best-selling new cars.

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.

As of January 2024, the Vauxhall Corsa has a New Car Expert Rating of B, with a score of 65%. It scores highly for its low CO2 emissions and running costs, although its safety score and reliability record are only average. Its media reviews have been poor, although this has been improving with the facelift Corsa launched in late 2023.

Corsa highlights

  • Efficient engines
  • Comfortable driving experience
  • Well-equipped as standard

Corsa lowlights

  • Fiddly infotainment
  • Cramped rear seating
  • Interior trim is cheap in places

Key specifications


Body style: Small five-door hatch
Engines: petrol (and previously diesel)
Price: From £19,275 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: Autumn 2023
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: November 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 84%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 66%
Safety assist: 69%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.2-litre petrol automatic

Overall score: 2.5 stars
Date tested: February 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 3.7 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 5.9 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 4.6 / 10

The Vauxhall Corsa 1.2-litre petrol automatic received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021.

Green NCAP said: “The Corsa is tested here with a 1.2 litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine. In the past, such cars would have struggled to limit particulate emissions but, equipped as it is with a gasoline particulate filter (GPF), the Corsa does a fine job in this regard. Indeed, pollutant emissions are generally well controlled in most tests but the car struggles in the more demanding tests such as cold ambient temperature and, here, emissions of several gases are high.

“For such a small car, the Corsa does not excel in energy efficiency but its greenhouse gas emissions are generally low, especially those of the unregulated gases. Overall, the Corsa emerges from Green NCAP’s tests with a 2½ star rating.”

This rating only applies to the 1.2-litre petrol automatic version of the Vauxhall Corsa, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of January 2024, the Vauxhall Corsa has a reliability score of 71%, which is slightly better than average according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, MotorEasy. This score applies to both the current Corsa and also to previous generations, which is important if you are considering a used Vauxhall Corsa.

The average overall repair costs are quite low for the Corsa family, with an average repair bill of less than £400.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models51 mpgB49 – 53 mpgB – C
Diesel models71 mpgA71 – 71 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models119 g/kmA114 – 134 g/kmA – A
Diesel models107 g/kmA105 – 110 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models18A10 – 49A – E
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£167A
Year 2£460A
Year 3£721A
Year 4£958A
Year 5£1,392B
Overall£3,698A

The Vauxhall Corsa should prove to be a very economical car to own and run, according to running cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The diesel models listed above have now been dropped from the range, but you can still find them from used car dealerships. Fuel consumption from the petrol models is good – although some other small cars are better.

In terms of servicing, road tax and insurance, the Corsa’s scores are exemplary.

Security rating

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

Date: March 2020
Model tested: Ultimate Turbo 100

The Vauxall Corsa automatically received a Poor rating from Thatcham because it failed a relay attack test, which measures the security of a car’s keyless entry and/or keyless start system. The Corsa is susceptible to thieves intercepting the car’s keyless signal and using it to steal the car.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Vauxhall Corsa has received

2023

  • News UK Motoring Awards – Best Small/City Car

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Used Car of the Year + Best Used Small Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Supermini

2021

  • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Supermini
  • News UK Motoring Awards – Best Value Car

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