Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Five-door bodyshell boosts access
  • Rear passenger and boot space on par with the class
  • Interior storage a bit lacking

The new Corsa is a totally different shape to the old model – it’s lower and longer, and though it’s actually fractionally narrower it looks wider thanks to the way it’s been styled. A longer wheelbase for the car’s length – achieved by pushing the wheels closer to the car’s extremities – liberates more interior space for passengers and luggage, while a five-door only bodyshell provides better access for rear seat occupants.

Space back there is acceptable for the class – a six-foot adult can sit behind a driver of a similar size, though they won’t be able to stretch out much. Children should be fine, though, and there are two Isofix points to make fitting a child seat easy. A further point to note is that the panoramic sunroof fitted to high-spec models does impact headroom for rear passengers.

While three adults can technically sit across the rear bench, the confines of a supermini bodyshell means you won’t want to do this for any meaningful distance – though that’s a criticism we can give to anything in this class. Compared with its rivals, the Corsa offers an acceptable level of rear seat room – about as much as a Ford Fiesta or a Renault Clio, but not as much as a SEAT Ibiza.

Accessing the rear seats is easy enough, but larger drivers may – surprisingly – find it a little tight sliding into the front seats. The long-legged driver will need to push the seat a long way back, which actually puts it behind the B-pillar. With the steering wheel telescoped towards the driver to a similar extent, they will need to thread themselves between the two – not as easy as it should be.

Will my luggage fit in it?

Boot space is similarly acceptable, with 309 litres compared to the 303-litre boot in a Fiesta. Rivals do offer more though – notably, the 391-litre Renault Clio or 355-litre SEAT Ibiza.

More annoyingly, the Corsa’s boot isn’t particularly clever – there’s no false floor to give a hidden storage area, and the rear seats merely flop flat onto their squabs, leaving a sizable hump in the load floor.

Interior storage is also slightly below par for the class. While the glovebox on the left-hand-drive models we’ve sampled is huge, in typical French fashion we can expect this to be reduced massively for right-hand-drive cars due to the location of the fuse box.

There’s a couple of cupholders positioned by the driver’s elbow, and a small armrest conceals a tiny central storage bin. Ahead of the gear lever there’s a wireless phone charging pad on top models, and a storage tray on others. This is also where you’ll find the car’s USB input and 12V power socket.

As far as equipment goes, all Corsas are well specified with air-conditioning, LED headlights and front electric windows. Stepping up to top trim levels nets you luxury items such as a panoramic glass roof, leather upholstery and even a massaging driver’s seat, but these are largely unnecessary on a supermini and, as ever, the best value can be found in the middle of the range.

Choosing a Corsa can be a confusing process, though, as there's 11 different trim levels to pick from. Understanding them is a little easier - there's SE, SRi, Elite and Ultimate models. They can then be modified with 'Premium' suffixes - such as SE Premium or SRi Premium - to signify extra equipment - or the 'Nav' suffix - to signify sat-nav. You can look at the tables below to find out which model comes with the kit you're after.

Safety

  • Plenty of safety kit as standard...
  • ... but only four Euro NCAP stars
  • Matrix LED lights a first for a supermini

Like its sister car, the Peugeot 208, the Corsa returns a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating. That's good, but it's not the top rating, as scored by rivals such as the new Renault Clio or the Ford Fiesta.

It narrowly missed out on a top score due to the performance of its seats and head restraints in whiplash testing.

Automatic emergency braking is standard across the range, with pedestrian detection. There's also lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and a speed limiter, plus the aforementioned LED lights which are brilliant for safety at night.

Top trim levels also get Vauxhall's 'IntelliLux' Matrix LED lights. These are able to 'blank out' areas of high beam automatically, to allow more of the road to be illuminated without dazzling oncoming traffic. They work very well, and the Corsa's the first supermini to be fitted with these sophisticated items.

Video: Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Elite Nav equipment

Elite Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Elite Nav optional equipment
None available

Elite Nav Premium equipment

Elite Nav Premium standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Elite Nav Premium optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE optional equipment
None available

SE Nav equipment

SE Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sat Nav
SE Nav optional equipment
None available

SE Nav Premium equipment

SE Nav Premium standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Nav Premium optional equipment
None available

SE Premium equipment

SE Premium standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
SE Premium optional equipment
None available

SRi equipment

SRi standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
SRi optional equipment
None available

SRi Nav equipment

SRi Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SRi Nav optional equipment
None available

SRi Nav Premium equipment

SRi Nav Premium standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SRi Nav Premium optional equipment
None available

SRi Premium equipment

SRi Premium standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
SRi Premium optional equipment
None available

Ultimate Nav equipment

Ultimate Nav standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Ultimate Nav optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 4 stars

The Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 4 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

4 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 84%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 66%
Safety Assist: 69%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.