Vauxhall Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 1.2 SE 5dr

Speed sensitive power steering
Electric power steering
Service indicator
Front camera system
Lights on audible warning
Apple car play/Android Auto
Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
Start/stop system
Multimedia infotainment systems with 7" touchscreen, DAB/AM/FM radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, Apple carplay/Android auto
Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
Speed sign recognition
Lane departure warning with lane assist
Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
Cruise control with speed limiter
Engine oil life indicator
Front pedestrian detection BASIS
Frequencies rating 433 MHZ
3.5" colour driver instrument cluster (DIC)
Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
Bluetooth mobile phone portal
Petrol Particulate Filter
Chassis equipment rear axle compound crank
Chassis equipment front strut assembly
Ride and handling manual electronic controlled
Standard chassis suspension system ride handling
Electronic returnless fuel system
Under body shield for aero
DAB Digital radio
Six speakers
Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
USB with iPod control
Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming
AM/FM stereo radio
RDS with traffic programme
Electric rear windows
Tailgate spoiler
Body colour door mirrors
Two speed windscreen wipers
Body colour door handles
Manual headlamp level control
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Rear fog lamp
Centre rear brake lights
Body colour roof + door mirrors
Manual rear windows
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
High beam assist
Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Solar heat absorbing windscreen
Rear reversing lights
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Hazard warning lights
Auto headlamps (on/off)
Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
Upper and lower bumper design
Front power windows with express up/down and anti-pinch function
Variable delay windshield pulse wiper system
Solar absorbing front and rear side windows and tailgate
Electrical adjustment, manual folding and heated outside rear view mirror
Inside rear view mirror tiltable day/night folder
Roof antenna short rod
Black window side moulding
Black grained finish front grille
Chrome logo bar
Comfort body kit
Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
Headlamps for left side traffic
Tail lamp base bulb
Electrically operated front and rear windows
Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
Flexible roof mounted aerial
Black lower side window mouldings
Body colour roof and A pillar
Front cupholder
Internal chrome door handles
Height adjustable head restraints
Luggage compartment lighting
Rear cupholder
Interior courtesy light
Front map reading lights
Courtesy lights with map reading light
Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers
60/40 split folding rear seat
Comfort front seats
Four adjustable facia vents
12V power sockets
Chrome inside door handles
Manual handbrake
Legroom rear heater
Refrigerant low GWP
3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with silver painted bezel + IRC
Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
IP plastic insert single piece
Illuminated load compartment trunk
Fresez marvel cloth upholstery
Polyurethane gear knob/lever
Right hand drive (RHD)
Base middle console
Front driver and co-driver side articulated grab handles
Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
4 way manual co-driver fore/aft with reclining seatback
6 way manual fore/aft, up/down with reclining driver seatback
Sunshades with vanity mirror on driver and passenger side
Jet black door panels on door trim
Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
Air conditioning with air recirculation facility
Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
Windscreen and side window demist vents
Illuminated glovebox with lid
Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
Two litre open door pockets
4 speed fan with illuminated controls
3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
Driver airbag
Front seat side impact airbags
Traction control
Seatbelt pretensioners
Passenger airbag
Cornering brake control
Emergency brake assist
Full size curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
Tyre deflation detection system
Single tone horn
Auto city emergency braking
Manual parking brake
Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
Forward collision alert
Driver drowsiness alert system
Drag torque control
Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
Hill hold and start system
Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
Straight line stability control
Locking wheel nuts
Steering column lock
Remote locking fuel filler flap
Steering lock
Remote control central locking
Engine deadlock and immobiliser
2 keys one folding with integral remote
Mistral facia
Tyre repair kit
16" Design-2, 4 double spoke silver alloy wheels
16" silver 8 spoke alloy wheels
CO2 118
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1199
Compression Ratio 1960
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 570
Gears 5
Transmission Manual
Combined 51.40
Urban 53.30
Extra Urban 47.80
Badge Engine CC 1199
Badge Power 75.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 12.00
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 12.40
Engine BHP 75.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 980
Engine Torque 118.00
Top Speed 108
Front Tyres 195/55 R16
Rear Tyres 195/55 R16
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1433
Length 4060
Wheel Base 2538
Width 1765
Fuel Tank Size 40.00
Weight 1550
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 980
Towing Weight Unbraked 500
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Time, perhaps, to change the way you feel about Vauxhall's Corsa. This fifth generation version aims to surprise in all the ways its predecessor was unremarkable. As a result, on paper at least, it's the most competitive supermini the brand has ever brought us. There's even an all-electric model.

Background

Vauxhall's Corsa has always been a well-priced, practical supermini but it's usually been let down by distinctively average engines, a bit of a weight problem, less than cutting-edge technology and the lack of the kind of spark that would endear you to the thing. All stuff that Vauxhall reckons has been sorted in this fifth generation version. We'll see. The key boxes certainly seem to have been ticked here. Vauxhall is merely an Anglo/Teutonic outpost of the French PSA Peugeot/Citroen conglomerate these days, so it's not surprising to find this MK5 model Corsa pretty much completely based on the second generation Peugeot 208 announced at about the same time. Which means that this car will get that one's battery full-electric tech too - enter the Corsa-e. Most Corsa buyers though, will continue to want a fossil-fuelled lump beneath the bonnet. Vauxhall's also promising a big step up in provision when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, there are two petrol units and a single diesel to choose from. Ideally, you'd want to avoid the base 75PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, which can only be had with 5-speed manual transmission. And go instead for the more modern three cylinder, direct injection turbocharged 100PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant your dealer will prefer to point you towards. Here, there's a gutsier 205Nm of torque, which will mean easier mid-range overtaking and less of a need to 'row' the car along with the 6-speed gear lever in town. Alternatively with this 100PS drivetrain, there's the option of an auto transmission - and a very sophisticated one with 8-speeds which includes steering wheel paddleshifters. You have to have this auto if you go for the top 1.2 130PS variant. The minority-interest Corsa engine option is a 1.5-litre 100PS diesel which will be a rare sight, but might make sense if you habitually undertake longer distances in your supermini, thanks to a plump 250Nm torque output. All the engines on offer are helped in their task by a significant weight reduction this time round - Vauxhall says it can be as much as 10%, which is quite a lot in supermini terms. Base-spec variants can now weigh as little as 980kgs. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that will be available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134hp.

Design and Build

The idea this time round with the Corsa is to strike a better balance between sportiness and comfort, thanks to a re-designed body shell and new aluminium engines. There are lighter underpinnings too, based on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) platform this car shares with the latest Peugeot 208. Despite this, this fifth generation model is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase delivering more interior and boot space from this five-door-only model. The smarter body panels are still fashioned from the usual range of high-strength steels, but it's all been stitched together in a more weight-conscious manner, saving 40kg over the outgoing Corsa. Visually, the standard Corsa is virtually identical to the electric version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs. An exterior highlight that Vauxhall is particularly proud of it's the fact that this is the first car in the class to feature adaptive glare-free full-LED headlights - the brand's 'IntelliLux LED Matrix' package, the kind of thing previously restricted to much larger cars. Inside, all Corsas have identical cabins, which centre around a new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro.

Market and Model

If you'd got used to Corsa pricing for base models being in the £11,000 to £13,500 bracket (which is where it's been in recent times), you might need a cup of hot sweet tea after perusal of the figures being asked for this fifth generation French-inspired version, which start from around £16,500 for the feeblest 1.2-litre base-spec petrol variant. And even if you avoid the all-electric Corsa-e, it's still possible to pay as much as £28,000 for the ritziest-trimmed petrol model. Five doors are now standard (which partly explains the price rise), the three-door body style of previous models being deemed no longer necessary. For the Corsa-e, you're looking at needing to find around £26,500 as a starting point, after deduction of the £3,000 government plug-in car grant. There are eight core trim level options for the Corsa - 'SE', 'SE Premium', 'SRi', 'SRi Premium', 'Elite', 'Elite Nav', 'Elite Nav Premium' and 'Ultimate Nav'. It's all quite complex. Simpler to comprehend is the need to pay a premium for auto transmission - an extra £1,730 on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'SE' derivatives are quite well equipped, fitted with 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen radio, a leather flat bottom steering wheel and LED Headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Cost of Ownership

Huge efforts have gone in here to improve running cost efficiency by saving weight. As a result, expect the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variants that many will want to be very acceptably clean and frugal. With the 100hp model, you can expect to manage around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and return a CO2 reading not much over 100g/km, which is pretty good going for a car in this segment. The 1.5-litre diesel version of course does much better. Over 60mpg on the combined cycle should be eminently achievable, along with a sub-100g/km of CO2 reading. But of course if you're really interested in ecological efficiency, there'll be just one variant of this car that'll interest you, the all-electric Corsa-e. For this derivative, Vauxhall claims a WLTP-rated driving range between charges of 211 miles. And fast charging at the rate of 100kW is available via a CCS socket hidden behind the fuel cap, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes. If you install a wallbox at home, you can recharge the battery from empty in around five hours if you have an 11kW electricity supply - or in around eight hours with a 7.4kW supply. Bear in mind that the Corsa-e is around 350kgs heavier than the ordinary version.

Summary

Ultimately, what we're looking at here is a Corsa that can. It can be fun to drive. It can deliver a big car feel. And it can stack up well on the balance sheet. It's a small Vauxhall for which no apologies need to be made. All that will worry obvious supermini rivals. After all, this model's predecessor lacked a little in all of these areas, yet still racked up very respectable sales against them. This MK5 version's still very competitively priced, but has become a contender in this segment that sells on more than just sheer value. It's not perfect of course. It doesn't lead its class in terms of either space, efficiency or driving dynamics. And more work is still needed under the bonnet to deliver an engine range in which all the options are as good as the mid-range three cylinder turbo petrol unit. The key though, is that this Vauxhall is now there, or thereabouts, in the three key areas I've just mentioned. Add to that the wide model line-up and the likely deals on offer and you've a supermini that more than ever, needs to remain high on any family's shopping list.

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7" colour touch screen Standard (ex. VAT)
Multimedia Navi with 7" colour touchscreen, Mirror link, European coverage,2D/3D street level map, points-of-interest search and map updates via USB £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Special metallic paint £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Two coat metallic paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic paint £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Brilliant paint £266.67 (ex. VAT)
Two coat premium paint £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Additional metallic paint £266.67 (ex. VAT)
Additional two coat metallic paint £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Navy blue Standard (ex. VAT)
Brilliant Paint - Summit white £266.67 (ex. VAT)
Two coat metallic - Diamond black £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Two coat metallic - Quartz grey £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Power orange £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium metallic - Hot red £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Diamond black £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Moonstone grey £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Quartz grey £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Voltaic blue £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Two coat metallic - Navy blue Standard (ex. VAT)
Premium two coat - Hot red £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Brilliant Paint - Jade white £266.67 (ex. VAT)
Two coat metallic - Voltaic blue £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Special metallic - Jade white £266.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium two coat - Power orange £541.67 (ex. VAT)
Fresez marvel cloth - Jet black Standard (ex. VAT)
Fresez marvel cloth - Black Standard (ex. VAT)
15" steel emergency spare wheel £91.67 (ex. VAT)
Spare wheel provision £16.67 (ex. VAT)

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Speed sensitive power steering
Electric power steering
Service indicator
Front camera system
Lights on audible warning
Apple car play/Android Auto
Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
Start/stop system
Multimedia infotainment systems with 7" touchscreen, DAB/AM/FM radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, Apple carplay/Android auto
Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
Speed sign recognition
Lane departure warning with lane assist
Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
Cruise control with speed limiter
Engine oil life indicator
Front pedestrian detection BASIS
Frequencies rating 433 MHZ
3.5" colour driver instrument cluster (DIC)
Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
Bluetooth mobile phone portal
Petrol Particulate Filter
Chassis equipment rear axle compound crank
Chassis equipment front strut assembly
Ride and handling manual electronic controlled
Standard chassis suspension system ride handling
Electronic returnless fuel system
Under body shield for aero
DAB Digital radio
Six speakers
Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
USB with iPod control
Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming
AM/FM stereo radio
RDS with traffic programme
Electric rear windows
Tailgate spoiler
Body colour door mirrors
Two speed windscreen wipers
Body colour door handles
Manual headlamp level control
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Rear fog lamp
Centre rear brake lights
Body colour roof + door mirrors
Manual rear windows
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
High beam assist
Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Solar heat absorbing windscreen
Rear reversing lights
Body colour front and rear bumpers
Hazard warning lights
Auto headlamps (on/off)
Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
Upper and lower bumper design
Front power windows with express up/down and anti-pinch function
Variable delay windshield pulse wiper system
Solar absorbing front and rear side windows and tailgate
Electrical adjustment, manual folding and heated outside rear view mirror
Inside rear view mirror tiltable day/night folder
Roof antenna short rod
Black window side moulding
Black grained finish front grille
Chrome logo bar
Comfort body kit
Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
Headlamps for left side traffic
Tail lamp base bulb
Electrically operated front and rear windows
Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
Flexible roof mounted aerial
Black lower side window mouldings
Body colour roof and A pillar
Front cupholder
Internal chrome door handles
Height adjustable head restraints
Luggage compartment lighting
Rear cupholder
Interior courtesy light
Front map reading lights
Courtesy lights with map reading light
Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers
60/40 split folding rear seat
Comfort front seats
Four adjustable facia vents
12V power sockets
Chrome inside door handles
Manual handbrake
Legroom rear heater
Refrigerant low GWP
3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with silver painted bezel + IRC
Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
IP plastic insert single piece
Illuminated load compartment trunk
Fresez marvel cloth upholstery
Polyurethane gear knob/lever
Right hand drive (RHD)
Base middle console
Front driver and co-driver side articulated grab handles
Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
4 way manual co-driver fore/aft with reclining seatback
6 way manual fore/aft, up/down with reclining driver seatback
Sunshades with vanity mirror on driver and passenger side
Jet black door panels on door trim
Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
Air conditioning with air recirculation facility
Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
Windscreen and side window demist vents
Illuminated glovebox with lid
Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
Two litre open door pockets
4 speed fan with illuminated controls
3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
Driver airbag
Front seat side impact airbags
Traction control
Seatbelt pretensioners
Passenger airbag
Cornering brake control
Emergency brake assist
Full size curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
Tyre deflation detection system
Single tone horn
Auto city emergency braking
Manual parking brake
Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
Forward collision alert
Driver drowsiness alert system
Drag torque control
Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
Hill hold and start system
Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
Straight line stability control
Locking wheel nuts
Steering column lock
Remote locking fuel filler flap
Steering lock
Remote control central locking
Engine deadlock and immobiliser
2 keys one folding with integral remote
Mistral facia
Tyre repair kit
16" Design-2, 4 double spoke silver alloy wheels
16" silver 8 spoke alloy wheels
CO2 118
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1199
Compression Ratio 1960
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 570
Gears 5
Transmission Manual
Combined 51.40
Urban 53.30
Extra Urban 47.80
Badge Engine CC 1199
Badge Power 75.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 12.00
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 12.40
Engine BHP 75.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 980
Engine Torque 118.00
Top Speed 108
Front Tyres 195/55 R16
Rear Tyres 195/55 R16
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1433
Length 4060
Wheel Base 2538
Width 1765
Fuel Tank Size 40.00
Weight 1550
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 980
Towing Weight Unbraked 500
Number Of Seats 5

Ten Second Review

Time, perhaps, to change the way you feel about Vauxhall's Corsa. This fifth generation version aims to surprise in all the ways its predecessor was unremarkable. As a result, on paper at least, it's the most competitive supermini the brand has ever brought us. There's even an all-electric model.

Background

Vauxhall's Corsa has always been a well-priced, practical supermini but it's usually been let down by distinctively average engines, a bit of a weight problem, less than cutting-edge technology and the lack of the kind of spark that would endear you to the thing. All stuff that Vauxhall reckons has been sorted in this fifth generation version. We'll see. The key boxes certainly seem to have been ticked here. Vauxhall is merely an Anglo/Teutonic outpost of the French PSA Peugeot/Citroen conglomerate these days, so it's not surprising to find this MK5 model Corsa pretty much completely based on the second generation Peugeot 208 announced at about the same time. Which means that this car will get that one's battery full-electric tech too - enter the Corsa-e. Most Corsa buyers though, will continue to want a fossil-fuelled lump beneath the bonnet. Vauxhall's also promising a big step up in provision when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, there are two petrol units and a single diesel to choose from. Ideally, you'd want to avoid the base 75PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, which can only be had with 5-speed manual transmission. And go instead for the more modern three cylinder, direct injection turbocharged 100PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant your dealer will prefer to point you towards. Here, there's a gutsier 205Nm of torque, which will mean easier mid-range overtaking and less of a need to 'row' the car along with the 6-speed gear lever in town. Alternatively with this 100PS drivetrain, there's the option of an auto transmission - and a very sophisticated one with 8-speeds which includes steering wheel paddleshifters. You have to have this auto if you go for the top 1.2 130PS variant. The minority-interest Corsa engine option is a 1.5-litre 100PS diesel which will be a rare sight, but might make sense if you habitually undertake longer distances in your supermini, thanks to a plump 250Nm torque output. All the engines on offer are helped in their task by a significant weight reduction this time round - Vauxhall says it can be as much as 10%, which is quite a lot in supermini terms. Base-spec variants can now weigh as little as 980kgs. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that will be available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134hp.

Design and Build

The idea this time round with the Corsa is to strike a better balance between sportiness and comfort, thanks to a re-designed body shell and new aluminium engines. There are lighter underpinnings too, based on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) platform this car shares with the latest Peugeot 208. Despite this, this fifth generation model is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase delivering more interior and boot space from this five-door-only model. The smarter body panels are still fashioned from the usual range of high-strength steels, but it's all been stitched together in a more weight-conscious manner, saving 40kg over the outgoing Corsa. Visually, the standard Corsa is virtually identical to the electric version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs. An exterior highlight that Vauxhall is particularly proud of it's the fact that this is the first car in the class to feature adaptive glare-free full-LED headlights - the brand's 'IntelliLux LED Matrix' package, the kind of thing previously restricted to much larger cars. Inside, all Corsas have identical cabins, which centre around a new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro.

Market and Model

If you'd got used to Corsa pricing for base models being in the £11,000 to £13,500 bracket (which is where it's been in recent times), you might need a cup of hot sweet tea after perusal of the figures being asked for this fifth generation French-inspired version, which start from around £16,500 for the feeblest 1.2-litre base-spec petrol variant. And even if you avoid the all-electric Corsa-e, it's still possible to pay as much as £28,000 for the ritziest-trimmed petrol model. Five doors are now standard (which partly explains the price rise), the three-door body style of previous models being deemed no longer necessary. For the Corsa-e, you're looking at needing to find around £26,500 as a starting point, after deduction of the £3,000 government plug-in car grant. There are eight core trim level options for the Corsa - 'SE', 'SE Premium', 'SRi', 'SRi Premium', 'Elite', 'Elite Nav', 'Elite Nav Premium' and 'Ultimate Nav'. It's all quite complex. Simpler to comprehend is the need to pay a premium for auto transmission - an extra £1,730 on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'SE' derivatives are quite well equipped, fitted with 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen radio, a leather flat bottom steering wheel and LED Headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Cost of Ownership

Huge efforts have gone in here to improve running cost efficiency by saving weight. As a result, expect the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variants that many will want to be very acceptably clean and frugal. With the 100hp model, you can expect to manage around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and return a CO2 reading not much over 100g/km, which is pretty good going for a car in this segment. The 1.5-litre diesel version of course does much better. Over 60mpg on the combined cycle should be eminently achievable, along with a sub-100g/km of CO2 reading. But of course if you're really interested in ecological efficiency, there'll be just one variant of this car that'll interest you, the all-electric Corsa-e. For this derivative, Vauxhall claims a WLTP-rated driving range between charges of 211 miles. And fast charging at the rate of 100kW is available via a CCS socket hidden behind the fuel cap, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes. If you install a wallbox at home, you can recharge the battery from empty in around five hours if you have an 11kW electricity supply - or in around eight hours with a 7.4kW supply. Bear in mind that the Corsa-e is around 350kgs heavier than the ordinary version.

Summary

Ultimately, what we're looking at here is a Corsa that can. It can be fun to drive. It can deliver a big car feel. And it can stack up well on the balance sheet. It's a small Vauxhall for which no apologies need to be made. All that will worry obvious supermini rivals. After all, this model's predecessor lacked a little in all of these areas, yet still racked up very respectable sales against them. This MK5 version's still very competitively priced, but has become a contender in this segment that sells on more than just sheer value. It's not perfect of course. It doesn't lead its class in terms of either space, efficiency or driving dynamics. And more work is still needed under the bonnet to deliver an engine range in which all the options are as good as the mid-range three cylinder turbo petrol unit. The key though, is that this Vauxhall is now there, or thereabouts, in the three key areas I've just mentioned. Add to that the wide model line-up and the likely deals on offer and you've a supermini that more than ever, needs to remain high on any family's shopping list.

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All leased vehicles must be returned fully maintained within manufacturer's recommended guidelines. Below is an estimated cost comparison of what you might have to pay based on your requested contract terms.
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Actual Monthly Cost using our maintenance based on your contract terms
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To potentially save money, have peace of mind and ease of budgeting, choose add maintenance to proceed.

*Figures are a representative example and may vary depending on driving style and conditions please speak to a member of the sales team for more information

Blue Chilli Car Leasing believes all customers should have the opportunity to take advantage of fixed maintenance cover.

So what are the benefits?

  • Planned fixed cost budgeting
  • No unexpected maintenance costs
  • Protection from rising inflation costs

What’s included?

  • Mechanical and electrical repairs or replacements, including associated parts and labour due to fair wear and tear
  • Bulbs, Batteries, Exhausts, Cam belts, Wiper blades, Alternators, Starter Motors
  • MOT tests
  • Premium Branded tyre replacements including valve and balance*

*Some of our partner funders do not cover damage through punctures or vandalism/deliberate damage. Please ask if you require more details.