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Vauxhall Corsa Electric

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

70
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

62
%
D

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

81
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

70
%
A

Used car score:

72
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

62
%
D

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

81
%
A

Summary


The Vauxhall Corsa Electric is a fully-electric version of the new Corsa supermini hatchback. It was launched alongside the conventional petrol and diesel models in late 2019, with first UK deliveries arriving in early 2020 just before the UK went into lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Up until about Summer 2022, the Corsa Electric was known as the Corsa-e. A similar rebranding has been applied to all of the company’s electric models (Mokka, Combo, Vivaro and the forthcoming Astra).

The new Corsa and Corsa Electric are the first built under PSA’s ownership of Vauxhall, after previous owners GM sold the brand to PSA in 2017. As a result, the Corsa Electric shares most of its components, including its electric motor and battery, with the Peugeot e-208.

An updated Vauxhall Corsa range arrived in the UK late in 2023. This is a facelift to the existing car, rather than an all-new model. The most obvious difference is revised front-end styling that brings the Corsa into line with Vauxhall’s newer models.

The Corsa Electric has been praised for its overall comfort and general feeling of familarity, which could be reassuring for buyers who are unsure about making the jump to an electric car. However, it’s not considered as stylish and appealing as the closely-related Peugeot e-208, and it’s also expensive to purchase compared to a regular petrol Corsa.

As of February 2024, the Vauxhall Corsa Electric has a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 70%. It scores highly for its low running costs and zero tailpipe emissions, but its safety rating is only average and media reviews have been poor – although this has been improving withe the facelift model from late 2023 onwards.

Corsa Electric highlights

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

Corsa Electric lowlights

  • Expensive when compared to rivals
  • Cramped rear seating
  • Interior trim is cheap in places

Key specifications


Body style: Small five-door hatch
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £32,445 on-road

Launched: Winter 2019/20
Last updated: Autumn 2023
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

+

Which EV?

+

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%

Notes on safety rating

In May 2021, Euro NCAP confirmed that the Corsa Electric is now included in the overall Vauxhall Corsa safety rating. The regular combustion-engined Corsa (ie – all petrol and diesel models) was tested back in 2019, and its four-star score now applies to the Corsa Electric.

Euro NCAP requires either separate testing or substantial evidence from car manufacturers before applying a safety rating to an electric version of a petrol/diesel car. This is because of the substantial differences in the car’s composition resulting from replacing the engine, gearbox and fuel system with an electric motor and battery.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of February 2024, the Vauxhall Corsa Electric has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the Corsa Electric is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing if and when it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of February 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Vauxhall Corsa Electric to generate a rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Corsa Electric, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models222 milesB209 – 222 milesB – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.4 m/KWhB4.1 – 4.4 m/KWhB – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models24B24 – 25B – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£117A
Year 2£315A
Year 3£479A
Year 4£659A
Year 5£901A
Overall£2,471A

The Vauxhall Corsa Electric is a pretty cheap car to run, according to running cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Electricial efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for petrol or diesel cars) is pretty good, which helps the Corsa to squeeze more than 220 miles out of a battery, on average. This is based on EU/UK government lab testing, so real-world driving will be lower, but is still decent for a small hatchback.

Servicing and insurance costs should be very good as well, so running a Vauxhall Corsa Electric should hopefully be a relatively painless experience.

Security rating

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

Date: March 2020
Model tested: Ultimate Turbo 100

The Vauxhall Corsa Electric hasn’t specifically been tested for anti-theft protection by Thatcham Research, but the regular petrol Corsa has and it shares its technology with the Corsa Electric so the same rating applies.

The 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 Vauxhall Corsa and Corsa Electric models are 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 Electric has received

2022

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

2020

  • The Sun Motor Awards – Car of the Year

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Vauxhall Corsa Electric, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW i3 | Fiat 500 Electric | Honda e | Kia Soul EV | Mini Electric | Peugeot e-208 | Renault Zoe | SEAT Mii Electric | Smart EQ Forfour | Toyota Yaris Hybrid | Volkswagen e-Up

The Vauxhall Corsa Electric is based on the Peugeot e-208, so the two models share the same electric motor and battery pack, as well as most of their key components. The Mini Electric and Renault Zoe are a similar size to the Corsa, while the Honda e is a smaller car.


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Media reviews of the all-electric Vauxhall Corsa Electric have been positive, although (like the petrol version) its Expert Rating is disappointing.Vauxhall Corsa Electric