2019 Vauxhall Corsa GSi Hatchback Review – Specs, Price & Performance
Thanks to the trim and brakes derived from OPC, the Vauxhall Corsa GSi allows you to fully exploit the 150 hp of its 1.4 turbos. The rear visibility and the practicality of the “climate” controls can be improved.
Historically, the acronym GSi (which stands for Grand Sports Injection) distinguishes the “peppered” versions of Vauxhall since the 80s: they used the Kadett in ’84, the Manta in ’86 and then, in ’88, the Race first series. GSi versions of the German car were also proposed in the following decades, until 2012, after which those three letters able to stimulate the fancies’ fantasies have reappeared in 2017 in the “bad” variant of the Insignia sedan and station wagon. Today the initials GSi is still back on the Corsa hatchback and marks a new edition – to be precise, the fifth – that for technical characteristics and performance represents a clever mix between the lively Corsa S and the more specialized OPC, both out of a trade from this summer. Vauxhall Corsa GSi is enough 19,400.
From the Corsa S, the Vauxhall Corsa GSi picks up the four-cylinder 1.4 turbo petrol: the result of a specific set-up aimed at accentuating the speed of response to the accelerator, it is credited with 150 hp at 5000 rpm and, according to the house, delivers 220 Nm of torque between 3000 and 4500 rpm. Combined with a classic six-speed manual transmission (a choice that on one hand will make the purists of the guide happy and on the other has helped to reduce the price of the car) is able to give the Vauxhall Corsa GSi really interesting performance: official data speak of 8.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h and 207 km/h High.
Unlike the other versions currently on sale, namely the 1.2 petrol 71 hp and the 1.4 75 or 90 hp (the latter also proposed in bi-fuel LPG), the Vauxhall Corsa GSiit is only available with a three-door body (considering the versatility of this car, we would not have seen badly even a more practical five-door). Certainly it gains the momentum of the tail, distinguished by a tapered and sloping rear window, surmounted by a flashy spoiler and embraced by massive uprights that also outline the triangular profile of the tiny darkened rear windows (all elements that penalize the view in maneuver and invite to spend the 350 euros required for the rear camera, the 300 euros needed for the rear and front distance sensors package). Always behind you notice the specific chrome-plated exhaust terminal with oval section, while the side walls stand out with the marked ribs that start from the doors, and the exterior mirrors with a carbon look finish. Other elements of sportiness distinguish the front, with a honeycomb mask and additional air intakes: one cuts across the front of the bonnet, and two other – fitted with a chromed profile – are on the sides of the shield (wherein the Corsa “Normal” there are the fog lights). The complex internal structure of the dual xenon headlights (500 euro) that integrate the LED daytime running lights also satisfies the eye
The standard alloy wheels – with two-color finish – are 17 “, but on request (350 euros) you can have those of 18” with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 215/40 rubber (that of the Vauxhall Corsa GSi that we have tried): an opportune choice, not only for aesthetic reasons but to fully exploit the potential of the structure. The latter, in fact, is the link between two versions that have just come out of production: the Corsa S and the “extreme” OPC version, that is the one set up by the Vauxhall Performance Center and equipped with a 1.6 207-hp petrol turbo. As we anticipated, chassis (including the lowered chassis) and OPC brakes have been developed on the demanding German track of the old Nürburgring: deciding to use such a specialized chassis in this “only” 150 HP variant highlights the desire to obtain the best in terms of safety and driving dynamics.
Vauxhall Corsa Interior
In the cockpit, Recaro leather armchairs (2,000 euro) are welcomed, able to effectively retain the body in sporty driving, without being constrictive on long journeys. Other elements of the Vauxhall Corsa GSi give a touch “racing” to the environment are the sports steering wheel with crown flattened in the lower part (covered in leather as the gear knob) and the aluminum pedals, as standard. The dashboard is classic and easy to read, with the onboard computer’s digital screen set between the tachometer and the rev counter, which are of an analogical and easily legible type. Instead, the 7 “touchscreen of the multimedia system, which can be integrated with the navigator function (850 euro), remains rather low and slightly out of sight. Also inconvenient to reach the “climate” controls, located at the base of the console, just above the cockpit located in front of the gear lever (which houses a 12 V socket and a USB).
Apart from the sporty character, the Vauxhall Corsa GSi guarantees the same practicality as the other three-door Corsa: roominess is also good in the rear, although to reach the sofa you need to be agile enough and small windows do not favor the feeling of airiness. Practical pockets in the doors, large as on the other hand is the drawer in front of the passenger (which, however, is devoid of lighting). The capacity of the boot, which varies from 285 liters to 1090 obtainable by reclining the sofa (divided into two parts) is aligned with that of the other cars around four meters in length.
The Recaro Performance seats envelop like a shell and support the back so well that the driver feels part of the car. Too bad that the long and relaxed setting that you assume, induce the right foot at an angle that, when you brake, it is difficult to avoid continuing to keep the throttle pressed: therefore, in the braking is always good to raise the foot firmly to avoid “getting long” on the bend. On the narrow mix, especially if through the dark woods of the path of our test, when the brightness drops the ventilation slit above the dashboard is reflected in the steeply inclined windshield and, together with the large uprights, creating annoying blind areas that penalize driving the Vauxhall Corsa GSi.
Although not overwhelming in the delivery, diluted by the rather long low gears, the 1.4 turbo of the Vauxhall Corsa GSi is so mellow, enjoyable and progressive that it can be easily exploited even by drivers with little experience. Too bad that so much fluidity accentuates the transmission tear that occurs by “removing gas” and re-accelerating. The engine begins to push on 2500 rpm and lengthens well up to 6500, where the limiter intervenes. However, even if Vauxhall speaks of “short relationships”, we would have liked them more sporty to go out with a little more brio from the curves (at least in the mountain track theater of our test). On the other hand, the third (from 145 hours) is a sort of all-around gear that can also be used in hairpin bends given the regularity of supply even low revs. Just counter the change, which is slow and “laborious” only in the transition between first and second gear,
Fulminea in the corners, the Vauxhall Corsa GSi it is a pleasure to ride on the most tortuous mountain roads: the steering, really smooth and direct, always responds with balanced promptness and does not get too nervous even when the bottom gets worse. Thanks also to the compactness and lightness of the body, the three-door German turns out to be very manageable on the mixed while remaining precise even in the extensions that we have conceded on the highway. And when the asphalt becomes irregular, it jumps but does not give up. In particular, we appreciated the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires mounted on 18 “wheels, which guarantee sensitivity and high adhesion even on the slimy (as in the high-altitude part of our test, where the drizzle was frequent). The feeling of security is remarkable