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An all-new Corsa with an all-new powertrain shows promise

Vauxhall Corsa-e Hatchback (20 on)
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PROS

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

CONS

  • You can't buy it yet

PROS

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

CONS

  • You can't buy it yet

Vauxhall Corsa-e Hatchback rivals

BMW
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Vauxhall's best-selling Corsa is available for the first time with an electric motor, promising more than 200 miles between charges and the same subtle good looks as the conventionally powered version.

The Corsa-e is the first of three fully-charged models to arrive in 2020, with the replacement for the Mokka X SUV and Vivaro van to follow. That's not all - Vauxhall says all of its cars are set to be electrified in some form by 2024.

Vauxhall Corsa-e powertrain shown at launch

While that sounds like a leap into the unknown it's worth remembering that the Ampera, Vauxhall's first electric vehicle (albeit it one with a petrol range-extender) debuted way back in 2011. But how has Luton's plug-powered tech evolved since then?

Few compromises from electric drivetrain

The Vauxhall Corsa-e is powered by a 50kWh lithium ion battery made up of 216 individual cells, which can be filled to 80% in 30 minutes at a 100kW rapid charging station. Drivers with a charging wallbox at home can expect a full battery in around five hours, easily attainable overnight while the car is parked up.

2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e recharging point

That results in a 211-mile range when tested under the rigorous WLTP test, which Vauxhall says can be improved by up to 40% by using the car's Eco mode. On the other hand, switch up to Sport to increase the responsiveness of the throttle pedal and you can expect to knock around 10% off that range.

Either way, 136hp and 260Nm of torque means purposeful propulsion, especially around town, where the Corsa-e can leap from 0-31mph in just 3.1 seconds, and on to 62mph in 8.1 seconds when conditions allow. Helping claw back charge is the car's regenerative braking system, which offers levels of severity depending on driver preference and prevailing traffic conditions.

Tech improves comfort and safety

As with the petrol and diesel powered Corsa, the electric version features a 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, with the optional 10.0-inch Multimedia Navi Pro available at additional cost. The latter features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while smartphones can be charged wirelessly too.

2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e dashboard

Supporting the driver is a wealth of camera and radar-based assistance systems including:

  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane keep assist
  • Side blind spot alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Drowsiness detection
  • Parking sensors and rear view camera
  • Automatic parking assistant

Small reduction in overall bootspace

While the amount of usable bootspace remains the same as the conventional Corsa, you do lose a few of that car's 309-litres due to the small spaces under the boot floor being taken up by the electric powertrain.

That said the Corsa-e is still more spacious than the previous car, which only featured 285 litres of room, and a longer wheelbase and wider track has unlocked more passenger space without adversely increasing the overall dimensions.

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 to find them. We recognised the bank of electric window buttons and the gearshift, plus the steering wheel, although only because the latter comes from a Grandland X.

Production of the Vauxhall Corsa-e starts in early 2020, with deliveries in Spring. Parkers will be among the first to drive this exciting new electric car, so check back here for our full review.

2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e rear

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Vauxhall Corsa-e Hatchback rivals

BMW
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4.5 out of 5 4.5