The new Vauxhall Corsa is a modern and pleasant to drive subcompact, especially with the 131 HP 1.2 turbo combined with the quick automatic transmission. Rear accessibility can be improved.
- Price: 17603 Pound
- Status: Released
- Emission: 103 gram/km
- Fuel Consumption: 17,9 km/l
Just as for its French “relatives”, the supply of power systems ranges from the most classic thermal engines, petrol or diesel with powers from 75 to 131 horsepower, to the electric version. But it is only one of the advantages offered by the new platform, which brings with it many other technological contents.
First of all, in the driver assistance systems that the new Vauxhall Corsa can offer: it goes from the traffic sign recognition system to the tiredness detector, from automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition to lane maintenance.
All functions that are standard from the basic version, while paying you can have a more advanced anti-collision and investment system (among other things, it also recognizes cyclists in addition to pedestrians and is also active in the dark) combined with adaptive cruise control: can be found in the Radar pack, at 550 euros.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa Changes
Offered only with five doors, the new Vauxhall Corsa boasts, as mentioned, a wide range of engines. The 1.2 three-cylinder petrol engine was declined in three different powers: 75, 101 and 131 horsepower. In the first case, it renounces the turbo and is combined with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the intermediate version lets you choose between the classic (six-speed) transmission and the refined eight-speed automatic.
The latter is standard for the currently most powerful variant, which is also the protagonist of our test. Instead, the turbodiesel version is the only one, with a 102 horsepower 1.5 and six-speed manual transmission or automatic with eight gears. For them, the homologation is Euro 6d-Temp, while the petrol models are already Euro 6d (the currently “greener” legislation).
And for those who make ecology the main reason for purchase, there is the Corsa-e, powered by a 136-horsepower electric motor powered by batteries placed under the floor (according to the house they ensure an autonomy of 330 km, measured according to the WLTP cycle) to keep the center of gravity low, despite the considerable overall weight of the car: we are talking about 1455 kg, driver and passengers excluded.
The versions with “thermal” engines of the new Vauxhall Corsa make lightness one of the strengths. The “base” weighs only 980 kg, and even for the most powerful variants the balance needle does not go up too much: 1090 kg for the 101 HP 1.2 (same weight for the diesel) and 1158 for the 131 HP one, which as mentioned is also automatic. Values that aim to give agility and obtain a valid relationship between performance and consumption. Compared to the old model, with the same configuration, 108 kg were removed, of which 40 thanks to the new structure, 15 in the passage of the engines from four to three cylinders and 10 in the seats (5.5 in front and 4.5 behind). Another 2.4 have been spared with the adoption of an aluminum hood, despite the fact that its dimensions have grown (and not a little) compared to that of the old model.
The new Vauxhall Corsa also makes aerodynamics one of its weapons to reduce consumption. An “active” mask has been combined with the bottom fairing and the adoption of a rear spoiler, with grills that open only when the engine needs to be cooled: a “gem” for a small car. Also thanks to these measures, the aerodynamic penetration coefficient Cx has an enviable value (0.29), while the rest is done by the reduction of the front surface by virtue of the lowering of the roof. The new model, in fact, is 143 cm tall (5 less than before). The length went from 402 to 406 cm, while 3 cm in width were added, reaching 177. These new proportions give more dynamism, and even more in the GS Line version of our test.
Thanks to the bold cut bumpers, the chrome tailpipe, and the glossy black window frames, the Vauxhall Corsa GS Line adds a nice touch of sportiness. Which is also found in the passenger compartment, where there is no lack of a black ceiling, wraparound seats with red stitching and a contrasting central stripe and the aluminum pedals.
The Elegance is soberer, which has the same price and is complete with chrome details and front and rear LED ambient lights, while the “base” Edition saves 1,600 euros, without sacrificing the manual “climate” or the spoiler at the top rear window (albeit smaller in size than the GS Line). All can count on a dashboard with modern shapes, made with materials that are pleasant to the touch (the GS Line also has a captivating subtle red insert that goes from door to door). And above all, the base also offers technological contents that are not common among the small cars, such as the aforementioned driver assistance systems.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa Interior
Speaking of the interior of the Vauxhall Corsa, you can see in the center of the dashboard (but a little too low) the multimedia system with 10 “touch screen (the standard one, except for the basic version, is 7”): it costs 850 euros, but also includes the navigator, which alone would be worth 450, in addition to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions also present in the smaller version. For the Elegance and GS Line versions, the 7 ”digital dashboard completes the equipment, albeit less in the graphics compared to that of the Peugeot 208.
Compared to the latter, the whole design changes, which is more sober and rational, with lots of practical (but also placed a little below) physical commands to manage the “climate” without having to access the multimedia menus. On the other hand, air diffusers that do not have a flow adjustment wheel are not very functional: to close them all must be oriented sideways. Looking down on the console stands out the futuristic automatic gear lever, taken from the French “cousin”, as well as the buttons of the window lifters in the doors.
Details that, however, do not take away a bit of personality from the new Corsa, which maintains the Vauxhall DNA, both in the passenger compartment and in the exterior design.
Before moving on to the sensations that the new Vauxhall Corsa gives in driving, let’s test the comfort of the rear seats. Once the access is not easy, because of the small doors (the door protrudes almost 15 cm from the back of the sofa), once onboard you are comfortable, at least in two. Height and legroom are good, and width is also not bad. The central place is less comfortable, but we are still talking about a small car.
And for a small car, even the trunk is not small: the house declares a minimum capacity of 309 liters, which rises to 1081 with the sofa reclined. The height from the ground of the load threshold (70 cm) and the 19 cm step between the latter and the bottom of the trunk do not help to load heavy objects, but it is also true that most of the rivals do not do better. Except for the few that offer the adjustable loading platform as an option.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa Review – Verdict
The time has come to get behind the wheel of the new Vauxhall Corsa. The rather low seat (3 cm less than the old model) gives a sense of sportiness, and from the first corners, it makes you feel more in contact with the car.
The steering is ready and the road holding high. It must be said that the test car was fitted with 205/45 R 17 tires, which are optional (300 euros) for the GS Line: it would have the 195/55 R 16 as standard, always on alloy wheels. It will also be because of the lowered tires that the comfort on uneven surfaces is not impeccable: in fact, the car is rather “hard”. Furthermore, in acceleration the engine could be quieter: it makes you feel the “rumbling” typical of the three cylinders, which however is not felt at a constant pace.
But given the liveliness, it offers at low and medium engine speeds, the 131 horsepower 1.2 is widely forgiven. To support it, as mentioned, there is an eight-speed automatic transmission, which in addition to having the paddles on the steering wheel, proves to be rapid. Especially in Sport mode (the other two are Eco and Normal), which also varies the consistency of the steering and the response, as well as emphasizing (artificially) the roar of the engine.
The consumption did not seem excessive, which, after about 80 km of driving on fast and ups and downs roads, the on-board computer indicated in almost 15 km/liter. Obviously we will evaluate them better on the occasion of a complete test, with our tools and on our usual paths at pre-established speeds.