04 December 2017

Full Vauxhall Corsavan (14-18) Model Review

by CJ Hubbard, Vans Editor

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review on Parkers Vans
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - rear driving
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - front
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - rear and stripes
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - load area and dimensions
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - interior
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - engine
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - headlight
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - steering wheel and red stitching
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - mpg and running costs
  • Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - driving experience
  • Special edition version of car-derived van
  • Sporty looks and LOTS of standard kit
  • Small load area but great fun to drive
Vauxhall Corsavan (14-18) 1.3 CDTi 16V (95ps) Limited Edition Nav Van (SS) - Road Test
If you’re in the market for a car-based van, the Vauxhall Corsavan is currently your only choice in the UK, as the rival Ford Fiesta Van went out of production earlier in 2017. And as yet there has been no word of any replacement.

If you’re in the market for a car-based van, the Vauxhall Corsavan is currently your only choice in the UK, as the rival Ford Fiesta Van went out of production earlier in 2017. And as yet there has been no word of any replacement.

Almost as if celebrating its victory-by-attrition, Vauxhall has launched a new Corsavan special edition called the Limited Edition Nav – which we’ve recently driven to review.

What’s special about the Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav?

The Limited Edition Nav – or LE Nav for short – model name may already be familiar to you from the Vivaro range, where a similarly be-striped special has been on sale for several months.

And yes, the Nav part does indeed mean this Corsavan is fitted as standard with satellite-navigation.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - interior

In fact, the Navi 4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system in question is fancy enough to also include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which remain rare features indeed in the van world, despite becoming relatively commonplace among cars.

That’s one advantage to the Corsavan’s heritage. Others include the driving experience and comfort, and being compact and manoeuvrable enough to access nearly anywhere.

The flip side to these pros is that load area and payload is obviously very much reduced compared to a proper van – even Ford’s smallest Transit, the Courier, has twice the space.

What other standard equipment do you get on the Corsavan Limited Edition Nav?

The list is so long, we wouldn’t know where to start if it wasn’t for the stripes. You always start with the stripes.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - rear and stripes

Bespoke LE Nav features include those prime pieces of vinyl graphic – gladly they are less tribal tattoo on the Corsvan than they are on the Vivaro – plus a number of exterior parts finished in black to match, including the 16-inch wheels and the door mirrors.

The finish on the grille, meanwhile, is described as ‘Carbon Flash’.

The Limited Edition extras continue inside with sporty seats that feature red stitching; this also appears on the steering wheel and the gearshift gaiter. It gives the Corsavan a surprisingly inviting air, and sat behind the wheel it’s easy to forget that there’s a load area behind you where the rear seats would usually be.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - steering wheel and red stitching

It really is just like a car, no compromise involved here at all.

Anyway, back to the standard kit. Visual excitment aside, these are the major highlights:

Add to that a bunch of standard safety and security items as well:

And of course, just to make sure we got the full experience, Vauxhall had thrown a bunch of options at this particular example as well:

  • OnStar - £360
  • Driving Assistance Pack, comprising forward collision alert, traffic sign recognition and following distance indicator (which warns you if you’re too close to the vehicle in front) - £1,100
  • Winter Pack, comprising heated front seats and heated steering wheel (what luxury!) - £205
  • Rear parking sensors - £260
  • Rear view camera - £235
  • Upper load restraint mesh - £75
  • Rubber flooring for the load area - £55

All told, that means this one costs £17,475; list without options is £15,185 (all prices at time of writing, excluding VAT).

What’s the Corsavan LE Nav like to drive?

To be honest, we were expecting something a bit pokey and cheap feeling, but it turns out this super-specced-up Corsavan is a treat.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - front

The 1.3-litre diesel engine’s 95hp and 210Nm doesn’t sound like a lot, but this is such a small vehicle that it’s actually pretty nippy – easily competing with high-speed motorway traffic if required. And being a car-derived van means it’s legally allowed to travel at the same speed as cars on national limit roads and dual carriageways as well.

The steering and ride comfort have a chunky, mature feel to them, more akin to a large passenger car than a small van in many ways, which in combination with a decent set of seats means the Vauxhall is remarkably pleasant on longer journeys.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - driving experience

Yet it remains nimble enough in the corners to make cutting through town and city traffic a breeze.

Add in all the (optional) safety toys and almost car-like refinement (you do get some extra road noise through the open bulkhead), and the LE Nav looks after you very well indeed.

How much storage space is there in the Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav?

As we’ve already explained, this isn’t the best choice of you need something super practical – but it’s still more useful than a regular Corsa car.

These are the major load area dimensions:

  • Maximum load length: 1,257mm
  • Maximum load height: 921mm
  • Maximum load width:  1,264mm
  • Load volume: 0.92 cubic metres
  • Maximum payload: 543kg

The word maximum is even more important than usual here, though, given the Corsavan’s curved rear bodywork, which leave you with a much less practically-shaped load area than a conventional van.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - load area and dimensions

If the items you need to shift are even slightly bulky, you would almost certainly be better off with a Ford Transit Courier Sport, or perhaps one of the Citroen Nemo / Fiat Fiorino / Peugeot Bipper triplets.

Though if you just want a small practical vehicle that doesn’t immediately advertise to your neighbours that you’re driving a van, this Vauxhall should do the job very nicely.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav fuel economy and costs

This is a small, lightweight van with a frugal, long-serving 1.3-litre turbodiesel engine – so it should prove both cheap and reliable to run.

Claimed fuel economy is a stonking 68.9mpg – and we reckon you should get close to 60mpg in the real world, if you haven’t got too heavy a right foot.

Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav review - mpg and running costs

Service intervals are an impressive 20,000 miles (or one year), also helping to keep costs in check, but the three-year warranty’s 60,000-mile limit does seem a touch stingy.

Verdict

We freely admit to approaching this test with a certain amount of cynicism, but the Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav has cheerfully won us over.

It’s not especially cheap, and ultimate practicality is naturally limited, but it is extreme well-equipped, good fun to drive and looks distinctively smart – and don’t underestimate how appearance can help your business stand out.

So in the end, it also delivers good value. Fiesta Van who?

Rivals to consider:

Ford Fiesta Van

Ford Transit Courier Sport

Fiat Fiorino

Also read:

The most economical vans – everything you need to know

The Ford Fiesta Van is dead – long live the Transit Courier

The Parkers Vans guide to van and pickup speed limits

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