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French makeover has done popular supermini a world of good

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback Review Video
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At a glance

New price £15,420 - £25,860
Lease from new From £183 per month
Fuel Economy 44.1 - 70.6 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 10 - 20 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Light, easy and pleasant to drive
  • Excellent engines
  • Looks good
  • Impressive fuel economy

CONS

  • Mechanically similar Peugeot 208 is more appealing
  • Interior fittings feel low-rent
  • Confusing trim levels
  • No 'hot' variants yet

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback rivals

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

Vauxhall has been under foreign ownership since 1925, but its models remain immensely popular in the UK, and none moreso than the Corsa. This small car outsells the next model in line, the Astra, by more than two to one in Europe, and the previous-generation model (known as the Corsa E) regularly appeared in the UK’s Top 10 bestsellers list.

Which all makes the Corsa F (also available, confusingly, as an all-electric Corsa-e… try not to get the two confused) a hugely important model. It’s the first all-new car to be released since Vauxhall and its European sister brand Opel were sold to the French PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen and DS), and went from the drawing board to production in just two-and-a-half years, barely half of the usual development cycle.

Of course, that speed’s aided by using existing PSA tech, which also underpins the Corsa’s new sister car, the Peugeot 208. And it’s not just its sibling that the Corsa can count as a rival – the supermini segment is still the best-selling market in the UK, and cars such as the exceptional Ford Fiesta, the newly-updated (and Parkers award-winning) Renault Clio, or the quintessentially Teutonic Volkswagen Polo.

Petrol, diesel, and all-electric Corsa models

Though the Corsa’s engine line-up is narrower than its predecessors, both petrol and diesel options are very good indeed. Add to that the presence of an all-electric model – covered separately on this page – and there’s plenty of choice for Corsa buyers.

2020 Vauxhall Corsa interior

The range kicks off with a 75hp petrol, but the bulk of sales will go to the excellent 100hp petrol. It’s available with manual or automatic gearboxes, across all of the Corsa’s many trim levels, and provides a really good balance between performance and fuel economy.

There’s a diesel on offer, which in today's pro-petrol markis likely to remain a niche seller. Vauxhall expects only a fraction of buyers to opt for it, but with truly exceptional fuel economy it could be a compelling option for high-mileage penny-pinchers.

Straightforward interior is easy to use

Unlike the Peugeot 208, the new Corsa’s interior is intended to be as straightforward as possible. The vast majority of items you touch – with the exception of the automatic gear selector and the window switches – are Vauxhall products, rather than PSA Peugeot Citroen items, so despite being all-new there’s a sense of familiarity about the inside of this car.

Vauxhall admits that the last Corsa had an air of mini-MPV about its upright body and high-set driving position, so it’s made the new one lower and allowed the driver to sit in, rather than on the car.

There’s a decent level of space inside for a supermini, and though it’s nowhere near as capacious as a SEAT Ibiza it sits well within acceptable limits compared to the Fiesta and Clio.

Confusing trim lineup

Picking the right model for you may look a bit daunting - there are no less than 11 trim levels to pick from. The range starts with SE, moving up to SE Nav, SE Premium and SE Nav Premium. Then there's SRi, SRi Nav, SRi Premium and SRi Nav Premium, while a more luxurious Elite Nav and Elite Nav build up to the top-spec Ultimate Nav. 

2020 Vauxhall Corsa rear dynamic

To explain the line-up, Premium models broadly add things like parking sensors, heated seats and steering wheel and automatic lights and wipers (to SE models), while the Nav models obviously add sat-nav. Higher-spec Premium versions also come with keyless entry and climate control. 

As there are so many different specs, you'll need to work out what your priorities are in terms of style and equipment to pick the right one for you, but unless you must have all the kit possible, we'd stick around the middle of the range for the best blend of kit and cost. 

Could the all-new Vauxhall Corsa be the French car you fancy? Read our full review to find out

Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback rivals

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