Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019) Review

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Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019) At A Glance

3/5

+Much improved over previous Corsa. Better quality interior with a more upmarket feel. Impressive for around town.

-Baffling number of different trim levels. Steering is slow and lacks feel. Other hatchbacks are more enjoyable to drive. Low Speed Pre-Ignition Detonation common problem with 1.0T 3-cylinder engine.

Insurance Groups are between 2–35
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

If this Corsa has more than a hint of the old one in the design then that's because it's not actually 'all-new'. In fact it's a very heavily revised version of its predecessor with a new look, a redesigned interior plus an overhauled chassis and suspension set-up.

That said, while the profile looks very similar, this Corsa has more to it design-wise than its rather bland predecessor. The front end apes the Vauxhall Adam while the rear follows the design of the Astra. But it's inside where you find the biggest changes.

The latest Corsa has a far better interior than before. Gone are the scratchy plastics and dated layout, replaced by a cabin similar to the Adam. That means more panache and style plus a big leap in quality. The plastics used are far superior and touches like the soft touch dash top and glossy trim make it feel more upmarket. Standard equipment on all models now also includes a heated windscreen.

As before it's reasonably spacious for a small hatchback while refinement has notably improved, especially at motorway speeds where there's less road and engine noise.

And when it comes to engines, there are again some considerable improvements. The new 1.0 Ecotec petrol is the pick of the range. It may be a small three-cylinder engine, but thanks to the fact it's turbocharged it provides perky performance with good refinement.

Two versions are available - a 90PS model and one with 115PS - and both are economical with the former averaging a claimed 65.7mpg in the three-door model. Under the skin there have been big changes with a reworked and stiffer chassis plus all-new suspension which has been tuned specifically for UK roads. It also has a lower centre of gravity.

These changes certainly improve the refinement of the Corsa and it rides very well for a small car, feeling stable and comfortable even at higher speeds. Unfortunately the new electric power steering is overly light and feels vague in corners. As a result the Corsa isn't much fun to drive, but it's ideal in town and easy to park.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 Turbo 115PS Road Test

Vauxhall Corsa VXR 2015 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

80%

Real MPG

25–79 mpg

MPGs submitted

433

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What small car would you recommend as best suited to drive in bad weather conditions?
"What small car would you recommend as best suited to drive in wintery conditions? So far we have looked at the Ford Fiesta, Suzuki Swift and Vauxhall Corsa."
You could look at a Ford Fiesta Active, which has an extra 18mm in ride height which might help on rural roads or in the snow. Alternatively, the Suzuki Swift is available with 4x4 which will aid traction in slippery conditions. Whatever you buy, I'd recommend fitting a set of winter tyres - they make a huge difference in cold weather.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Have I been ripped off paying for a new exhaust and tyres?
"The exhaust pipe on my Vauxhall Corsa came unstuck and Kwik Fit charged me £375 for a new one and told me that the front tyres needed changing. They recommended a £79 alignment check which apparently showed 15% and 5% off track tyres. The total cost was £660 for new pipe, alignment check and two new tyres. Have I been ripped off?"
I doubt it. If the front wheels were out of alignment the tyres will have worn unevenly and that's why they needed to be replaced.
Answered by Honest John
What's the best first car?
"My daughter is 18 and has £3000 to spend on her first car. She loves the look of a Fiat 500 but I have some concerns after reading reviews about performance and safety. She is also likes the Ford Fiesta or possibly a Polo, Corsa or Ford Ka. She would mainly be doing town driving and is happy with a small engine. Could you please advise?"
The Fiat 500 has a slightly better complaints record than the Volkswagen Polo. But the 2008-2013 Fiesta beats both and the Corsa beats the Fiesta. A 2009 - 2017 Ford Ka is a Fiat 500 with a slightly different body that was built in the same factory in Poland.
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What £5000 cars can realistically get 60mpg?
"I need to change cars as I now travel further to work each day. I'm looking for something that will do 60mpg, what do you recommend for my £5000 budget?"
A lot of cars in your budget will 'officially' do 60mpg, but if you want that economy in the real world choices are limited. You can, however, get a current-shape, used Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI within your budget and that manages a real-world 60mpg according to Real MPG users. It's not the most exciting car in the world and the engine can sound a little gruff - but it's genuinely very economical and there's plenty of choice out there.
Answered by John Slavin

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