Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 37 - 37 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Again, since there’s just the one engine and gearbox on offer here, Vauxhall Corsa VXR running costs are fairly simple to decipher. While the firm’s claimed fuel economy of 37.7mpg (which isn’t great in the face of the Fiesta ST’s 47.9mpg) doesn’t sound too bad, during our test in Scotland on the initial launch we saw closer to 25mpg according to the trip computer. That’s not exactly class-leading in any respect.

And it’s a similar issue with CO2 emissions. At 174g/km you can rule the VXR out completely if you’re a company car driver, and private buyers will have to pay rather a lot each year too; it sits in VED band I.

However, that’s likely to be tempered by some very attractive lease deals when the car is launched.

With a CO2 output of 174g/km, Vauxhall Corsa VXR emissions could be a whole lot better. Its main rival – the Fiesta ST – puffs out 138g/km, representing a far cleaner alternative at the same price point.

We wouldn’t be too concerned about Vauxhall Corsa VXR reliability. The previous models haven’t suffered too badly in this respect and we’ve not heard of any major recalls or issue which would put us off buying the car. In reality much of the car’s running gear has been tried and tested on countless cars over the years.

What we can comment on is the build quality, which seems to be very impressive indeed from what we’ve seen so far. It feels like a quality product.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £240
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Insurance group 30
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