- Agile and fun to drive
- Stylish interior
- Good payload
- Low running costs
- Small cab
- Lack of storage compartments
- Small load area
The Vauxhall Corsavan has been a mainstay in the Vauxhall LCV line-up for 20 years, and is the second longest-serving Vauxhall van behind the Vauxhall Combo. Now into its fourth generation, the Vauxhall Corsavan is available in just one load variant (0.92 cubic metres), two trim levels (base and Sportive) and with three engines (1.2-petrol 69hp and 1.3-diesel 74hp and 94hp).
Demand for the Corsavan, and car derived vans (CDVs) in general, have waned over recent years with much of the market being taken away by the compact vans which emerged in 2008, and the likes of Fiat, Renault, Peugeot and Citroen have pulled out of the market altogether.
Despite lacking on productivity, the Corsavan has the upper hand on running costs, comfort and style and it has therefore built up a loyal customer base with fleets and own drivers alike.
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Driving characteristics are the forte of CDVs, and the agile Vauxhall Corsavan is a top performer on all outputs with its quick acceleration, precise and effortless steering and composed stance into the corners.
There are three engine options: the 1.2-litre petrol (69hp/115Nm), 1.3-litre diesel (74hp/190Nm), and the 1.3-litre diesel (94hp/210Nm). All three engines are available on the base model, whereas the higher horsepower diesel is the only option on the Sportive.
All engines are hooked to a five-speed manual, apart from Sportive-spec vehicles, which benefit from an extra gear. Because the final drive ratios aren’t too different between the five- or six-speed transmissions when coupled to the 94hp diesel, we don't think the extra gear is necessary. It'll just feel a bit sportier to drive.
There were few drawbacks: noise levels do become noticeable at higher speeds but that’s to be expected without a full bulkhead and the ride is a little harsh due to the stiff suspension. The transmission is also highly accomplished, and provides quick and efficient gear changes.
The cab is very modest in size but the driver’s seat and steering wheel are adjustable for reach and rake. One of the advantages of car derived vans is that they’re updated as often as the car range, so the Corsavan benefits from a very sleek and modern interior, with a black two-tone dashboard, steering mounted controls and a DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Base models also feature remote control central deadlocking, electrically operated windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors and speed-sensitive power steering. Sportive models also receive a heated windscreen, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning and sports seats.
The compact cabin means that everything is within reach, and there’s no straining reaching the dials of the infotainment system or fan. There are cup holders located in front of the gearstick but a limited number of storage compartments located around the cab.
The Vauxhall Corsavan is affordable to buy and run, thanks to a low asking price and impressive fuel economy. Prices start at £12,038 plus VAT for the 1.2-litre petrol, and work up to £13,875 plus VAT for the 1.3CDTi Sportive.
The light chassis and aerodynamic design help the Corsavan achieve an impressive combined fuel economy of 52.3mpg for the petrol and 85.6mpg for the Ecoflex diesel. Service intervals are set at 20,000 miles or one year.
The Vauxhall Corsavan has built up a fairly solid reputation as a dependable workhorse, with very few faults recorded over the life of its predecessor (2007-2014). The 1.3-litre engine, which features in a number of General Motors and Fiat products, is particularly renowned for its built quality.
Vauxhall’s commercial vehicle warranty provides cover for up to three years or a fairly limited 60,000 miles, although the first two years are limitless mileage.
Safety is another area where the little Vauxhall Corsavan performs particularly well. Six airbags - including side impact and curtain airbags - are standard throughout the range, as well as Electronic Stability Programme-plus (ESP-plus) with traction control, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution, straight line stability control, cornering brake control, emergency brake assist, adaptive brake lights, drag torque control (helps maintain stability when suddenly lifting off the accelerator), tyre pressure monitoring system and hill start assist.
Remote control central locking (doors, tailgate, fuel flap) with security deadlocks, electronic theft protection for audio equipment and electronic engine deadlock immobiliser also prevent the theft of the vehicle.