Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Clean dash design with straightforward controls
  • Material quality slightly disappointing
  • Confusing trim line-up

The interior design of the Corsa was handled totally by Vauxhall, so it differentiates itself from the Peugeot 208 thanks to a less avant-garde and more accessible design.

In fact, everything you touch – apart from the window switches and automatic gear selector – is pure Vauxhall, so it feels familiar in here and much more like an evolution of the old Corsa than a totally new model.

Unlike the 208, Vauxhall groups its climate controls separately rather than activating them through the touchscreen. This is infinitely preferable when adjusting on the move, and it’s perhaps an indication that Vauxhall expects this car to appeal to those who prefer their interiors more simple and straightforward.

However, the clean dash design could be seen as rather boring compared with the excellent interiors we’ve seen in the likes of the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio. The materials used aren’t very appealing, either – it’s unrelentingly dark black and grey plastics, and only a bit of red detailing on SRi models lifts the ambiance.

Nowhere is this slightly depressing lack of flair more evident than on the digital dials fitted to high-spec cars. While rival models feature dynamic, well-integrated displays with loads of configuration, the Corsa’s small screen is surrounded by a huge plastic bezel, looks dark and dismal and can’t even display an analogue-aping dial setup. It’s certainly not an option we’d bother paying for.

Infotainment

On the other hand, the Corsa’s central infotainment display is really rather good. All models get at least a seven-inch screen fitted with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, while higher-specifications see a 10-inch display with full sat-nav fitted.

These systems are both based on PSA Peugeot Citroen software, re-skinned with Vauxhall fonts and buttons. We find they’re not as responsive, easy-to-use or straightforward as a Volkswagen Group system, like the ones you’d find on a VW Polo or Skoda Fabia, but for most applications they’re more than adequate and once you’ve located all the functions you regularly use there’ll be no issues day-to-day.

Is it comfortable?

  • Ride well-judged, but final say will come on British tarmac
  • Seats rather flat
  • Refined powertrains

Vauxhall Corsa comfort levels are decent if not outstanding. The ride strikes a good balance between comfort and handling, but the seats lack much lateral support – meaning that if you try and corner in a spirited fashion, you’ll likely find yourself sliding out of them.

The Corsa’s suspension does patter somewhat over rougher road surfaces, but it deals with most imperfections well enough. It feels better-sorted than the 208 on which it’s based.

Refinement is good, with quiet engines (the diesel's initial grumbliness aside) – but the door mirrors produce rather a lot of wind noise at high speed, which could become annoying.