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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 24.7 - 25.3 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 12.3 - 12.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 3.7 - 3.8 miles/kWh
  • Low running costs
  • 0-100% battery in 7.5 hours
  • Less to go wrong than petrol or diesel car

The Vauxhall Corsa-e is powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery made up of 216 individual cells. That gives it an official range of 209 miles in real world WLTP testing – or 180-plus in normal day-to-day driving. Good, but not the best, especially considering the near-300 miles you get from an (admittedly much more expensive) Hyundai Kona Electric.

On a household wallbox (worth around £800 and supplied for free from Vauxhall initially), both 7.4kW and 11kW Corsa-e models will fully recharge in 7.5 hours. On a 22kW fast charger the 7.4kW car will recharge in five hours, the 11kW car takes 3hrs 20mins. A high current DC 50kW charger takes 45mins to charge both models to 80% capacity and a 100kW charger takes 30mins.

Interestingly, including fuel savings and tax savings, Vauxhall reckons an electric powered SE Nav Corsa-e is around £100 per month cheaper to run than a 1.2-litre diesel Corsa.

Reliability

  • Fewer bits to go wrong
  • Little in the way of consumer testing
  • Looks and feels solid

Generally, electric cars have fewer moving parts than petrol or diesel cars. This, theoretically means there's less to go wrong. Although, we should explain that Vauxhall's electrical propulsion systems are relatively unproven among customers.

Vauxhall's warranty is for three-years or 60,000 miles, which seems a bit stingy in comparison with other cars. The Renault Zoe's is five-years/100,000 miles. But, at least the battery that powers the Corsa-e, comes with a 100,000 mile/eight-year warranty.

Inside, it feels well put-together with hard wearing plastic trims.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0
Insurance group 24 - 25
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