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At a glance

New price £30,665 - £34,160
Lease from new From £353 p/m View lease deals
Used price £18,400 - £25,810
Used monthly cost From £459 per month
Fuel Economy 3.7 - 3.8 miles/kWh
Insurance group 24 - 25 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Vauxhall's first pure electric vehicle
  • Engaging handling from an all-new platform
  • Impressive performance and range

CONS

  • Can get pricey if you option it up
  • Lacks the sparkle of some rivals
  • Warranty not as good as rivals

Vauxhall Corsa-e Hatchback rivals

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Written by Adam Binnie on

Vauxhall's best-selling car, the Corsa, is now electrically powered for the first time. The Corsa-e is the first prong of a fully-charged trident of Vauxhall models arriving in 2020, with the all-new Mokka-e SUV and Vivaro-e van also getting the electric treatment. Vauxhall reckons all of its cars will be electrified in some form by 2024.

Competition comes in two forms. Other electric cars, like the Renault Zoe and Peugeot e-208 are its natural rivals. However, other non-electric superminis, like the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo can't be ignored either. Under the skin, it's almost identical to the aforementioned Peugeot – and this is because Vauxhall and Peugeot are part of the same manufacturing group, PSA.

How does it differ from the regular Corsa? Well it looks subtly different and has bespoke alloy wheels and 'e' badging on the B-pillar and tailgate.

Electric is your only option

Vauxhall Corsa-e (2020) interior view

The Vauxhall shares this new platform with the Peugeot 208, and while there are some carry-over parts in the cabin, you have to look hard in order to find them. We recognised the bank of electric window buttons and the gearshift and the infotainment system, which is straight out of other PSA models.

Vauxhall is very keen to show customers that the Corsa-e is simply an electrified version of the Corsa. This of course means that if you've stumbled on this in search of a petrol or diesel Corsa, you're on the wrong page, and you should head to the regular Vauxhall Corsa review.

The long and the short of it is that the Corsa-e's electric power is rated to cover 209 miles between the plugs. Charging times vary wildly depending on how you're charging, but 0-100% at the fastest public charging point is around 50 minutes, or around 7 hours 30 minutes from a home wallbox. Yes - that is 100%, the oft-quoted 0-80% preferred by rivals is just 30 minutes.

Interestingly, Vauxhall claims that in Eco mode, the Corsa-e's range can be boosted by around 40% - which takes theoretical range to 293 miles. There's also a smartphone app that allows drivers to monitor the charging status and pre-condition their vehicle prior to driving. Drivers can also schedule a charging time for a later time after plugging it in – this is good for charging when your electricity rates are less.

How much does it cost to buy, PCP, and lease?

The full price of the Corsa-e starts from £30,665, but the cost to customers will be £27,665 after the Government-backed Plug-in Car Grant has been applied. PCP deals are in the region of £310 per month with a £5,580 deposit and a 4.9% APR rate.

Our leasing partner, ZenAuto is offering the Vauxhall Corsa-e for £353 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.

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Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Vauxhall Corsa-e including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Vauxhall Corsa-e (2020) rear view

Vauxhall Corsa-e Hatchback rivals

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