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Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

Vauxhall Corsa verdictShould you buy a Vauxhall Corsa?

On paper, it’d be easy to overlook the Vauxhall Corsa – especially compared with the younger Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo – but it still performs very strongly in the sales charts. All this despite often poor value standard PCP finance offers from Vauxhall that see the Corsa costing more per month than newer and more talented rivals with like-for-like finance terms. Yes, most versions are good to drive, and the Corsa is available in a wide range of trims and specs to suit most needs, but Vauxhall finance deals should be better.

As it is, the Corsa’s monthly payments are greater than its ability in many cases – especially with the short-lived GSi, which was trounced by the far faster, more exciting, better-equipped Ford Fiesta ST. If you’ve managed to negotiate a substantial cash discount or discounted PCP finance deal, however, the rest of the range is competent and still very much worth recommendation. Stick with one of the small petrol engines, and get a good deal and you can’t go far wrong.

If you’re looking for a Vauxhall Corsa with the lowest overall running costs, the one to go for was the 1.3-litre CDTi in 75hp form, discontinued from the range in spring 2018. Its CO2 emissions are low at 99g/km, and it’ll deliver a claimed fuel consumption figure of up to 76.3mpg. In the real world, that drops to something around 60mpg in normal driving – still very impressive.

But for company car drivers with an eye on benefit-in-kind costs, however, the practicalities of driving the cheapest diesel Corsa to run doesn’t mean going for the slowest. If you’re up and down the motorway all day, the higher-powered CDTi in 95hp form delivers the best fuel consumption and lowest emissions.

Expect 85 g/km and 88.3mpg from the best 95hp turbodiesel – compelling figures that are are hard to argue against.

Of the range left following the 2018 slim-down, it’s the 100hp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol that leads the way, on paper at least. Officially it’ll return 51.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 128g/km. Pick it in Energy specification for a good balance of equipment and price.

Following the demise of the punch Corsa VXR, the GSi became the one to go for if you’re looking for performance – 0-62mph takes 8.9 seconds, and the maximum speed is 129mph. You might struggle to find one, though, given that it was only sold from autumn 2018 to spring 2019.

Be aware that prices for this generation of Corsa will continue to fall significantly before the all-new model’s arrival towards the end of 2019. If you’re not too bothered about having the newcomer, there will be some bargains to be had here.

Vauxhall Corsa exterior driving shot