Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy a Vauxhall Corsa?

For many practical reasons, yes. The new Vauxhall Corsa is an excellent supermini, but then it needs to be in a class filled with similarly brilliant rivals. The Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza and Renault Clio all excel in their own ways. The Corsa doesn’t, instead being a jack-of-all-trades with few standout features or glaring negatives – and we reckon that will win it a large number of sales thanks to the appeal and popularit of the Vauxhall brand in the UK.

The smart new looks and brilliant, if narrow engine range are both compelling reasons to indulge, but as ever it’s important to look at what the rivals offer. A Peugeot 208, for example, makes the Corsa look staid and dull in comparison, especially on the inside. In fact, the interior is the Corsa’s weakest aspect, with only average room for the class and some questionable build and design decisions.

Impressive equipment levels and more than enough dynamism bring things back to the level we expect in this class, though. And there’s no denying that with its long standard kit list, the Corsa does look like good value. Those who value the best driving dynamics, the most spacious interiors or the highest-quality interior fittings will be better served by a Ford Fiesta, SEAT Ibiza or Renault Clio respectively.

Previous models of Corsa have been popular with driving schools, first-time buyers and those who simply want an unchallenging, dependable model to get them around. We think all of those buyers will find what they’re looking for in the new Corsa, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to them. This time round, though, it has wider appeal, too. We'll recommended it for those who buy with their heads and not their hearts.

Vauxhall Corsa (2020) rear view

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