Vauxhall Corsa - 4 minute buying guide

by ChooseMyCar Staff Writer

Known for its excellent value, the Vauxhall Corsa is a consistently popular used car. Vauxhall is great for producing a variety of models for any budget, although the most affordable options are often rivalled by competitors.

Vauxhall Corsa - 4 minute buying guide

I want a Vauxhall Corsa - what are my options?

The Corsa is available in a huge variety of trim levels. If you’re looking for a no-fuss run-around car, an entry-level Corsa would be a solid choice. They’re great value for money and cheap to run, though they can lack on the specification list. However, younger models produced after 2014 have more features as standard.

You might want to stretch to a newer higher-spec model if you want a more enjoyable driving experience. These come with a wider range of standard specifications, with features to rival competitors. If that's your jam, opt for an SRi line model for a lowered suspension, and sports-style seating and body kit.

Top-level Corsas like the GSi and Elite boast the most impressive specification - especially if it’s a post-2014 model. These can feature parking sensors, alloy wheels, heated seats, windscreen and steering wheel, and a touchscreen infotainment/Sat-Nav system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Standard safety features Standard equipment
  • Anti-lock braking systems
  • Traction control
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • ISOFIX
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Service indicator
  • Power assisted steering
  • CD player and radio
  • Electric windows and mirrors

*Standard on models manufactured from 2011 onwards

Corsas are available as three-door and five-door models, with 1L-1.4L petrol engines. Older models can have a 1.3L-1.7L diesel engine, but from 2015, diesel engines are only available in 1.3L.

The popularity of Corsas is often put down to affordable running costs. Insurance prices are notably low, making them a consistently popular choice for younger drivers. Fuel usage can range between 44-51mpg on average. This can be rivalled by competitors like the Ford Fiesta, but still makes the Corsa quite affordable to run.

What can I get for my money?

The entry-level models have basic specifications and are usually rivalled by the likes of the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.

  • Older models can be fairly limited on standard specification - many models don't have air-conditioning, or steering wheel and seat height adjustments.
  • Since 2014, Corsas have had a huge facelift. These models have a good range of standard features - including alloy wheels, a heated windscreen, parking assist sensors, and sat-nav infotainment systems with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Corsas are spacious and comfortable given their size, with 280L square-shaped boots - although, this is outstripped by the Volkswagen Polo.

Some Corsas have been recalled over the last few years for issues involving the handbrake and wiring in the heating elements. If you’re buying a second-hand Corsa, make sure that you check its history carefully.

The verdict?

The Corsa is a great choice if you’re after a good value small car.

Generally, the buying price and running costs are low, though it might lack some features if you're looking for an enjoyable drive. If you can afford to, it might be worth opting for a newer or higher-spec model and stretching out any repayments. Models made after 2014 have an improved drive quality and a more comprehensive standard specification - including the most entry-level trims.

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