Vauxhall Corsa VXR (07 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 03 Jan 2012
4
There's no shortage of hot hatches on offer to buyers looking for performance and sharp handling - it seems that we can't get enough of them in the UK. But with so much choice a car has to stand out to get noticed and that's exactly what the Corsa VXR does.

Vauxhall Corsa VXR (07 on)
Hot hatch styling, great turbocharged engine, nimble handling, decent ride quality
Too 'boy racer' for some, snappy throttle response, struggles to put power down cleanly

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£18,995 - £22,400

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Used price range:

£4,499 - £14,104

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

There's no shortage of hot hatches on offer to buyers looking for performance and sharp handling - it seems that we can't get enough of them in the UK. But with so much choice a car has to stand out to get noticed and that's exactly what the Corsa VXR does. It's no shrinking violet with it's aggressive bodykit, rear diffuser and plenty of spoilers and skirts - clearly this is unashamedly a no holds barred hot hatch. It has the power to back up it's looks too thanks to a 192bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which delivers storming performance and a 0-60mph time of just 6.8 seconds. Agile and composed handling, a raspy exhaust note and bucket sports seats complete the package and make the Corsa VXR one of the best small performance cars around.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Depends how you drive it. Very responsive, so the heavier the right foot, the more fuel you use.  

5 out of 5

Tom Yeu ,   06 Jan 2012    ... read more

 It has loads of space inside the cabin and is very comfortable. The build quality is much better than the old Corsa's and it is a million miles ahead of the old Corsa on gadgets & overall feel.  

5 out of 5

David Elsworth ,   27 Mar 2011    ... read more

 split level boot give a level boot floor making it easy to get heavy items in rear seat fold nearly flat and enough space for everyone  

4 out of 5

jamie ruckledge ,   29 Apr 2010    ... read more

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