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Vauxhall Corsa

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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 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 August 2021, its score of 63% 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.

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 has carried that form through the first half of 2021. It looks like this year could see the Corsa finally dethrone the Ford Fiesta from its position as Britain’s best-selling car for more than a decade.

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 £16,815 on-road

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


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Safety rating


Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: November 2019

84%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

69%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Vauxhall Corsa 1.2-litre petrol automatic received a 2.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

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.

Security rating


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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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