VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo GS Line 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2123 g/km

Time, perhaps, to change the way you feel about Vauxhall's Corsa. This fifth generation version aims to surprise in all the ways its predecessor was unremarkable. As a result, on paper at least, it's the most competitive supermini the brand has ever brought us. There's even an all-electric model.

BUT OF CORSA

With a little Gallic assistance, Vauxhall has rejuvanted its Corsa supermini to make sure it stays relevant to buyers in this crowded market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Time, perhaps, to change the way you feel about Vauxhall's Corsa. This fifth generation version aims to surprise in all the ways its predecessor was unremarkable. As a result, on paper at least, it's the most competitive supermini the brand has ever brought us. There's even an all-electric model.

Background

Vauxhall's Corsa has always been a well-priced, practical supermini but it's usually been let down by distinctively average engines, a bit of a weight problem, less than cutting-edge technology and the lack of the kind of spark that would endear you to the thing. All stuff that Vauxhall reckons has been sorted in this fifth generation version. We'll see. The key boxes certainly seem to have been ticked here. Vauxhall is merely an Anglo/Teutonic outpost of the French PSA Peugeot/Citroen conglomerate these days, so it's not surprising to find this MK5 model Corsa pretty much completely based on the second generation Peugeot 208 announced at about the same time. Which means that this car will get that one's battery full-electric tech too - enter the Corsa-e. Most Corsa buyers though, will continue to want a fossil-fuelled lump beneath the bonnet. Vauxhall's also promising a big step up in provision when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

This PSA-era Corsa starts off with a huge advantage over its predecessors: a much lighter CMP platform that's enabled it to lose a shed-load of weight in comparison to its direct predecessor - 108kgs to be exact. Vauxhall's engineers would have liked to have built on this by specifically tuning the drive dynamics of this car to British roads - as the brand has very effectively done with previous generation Corsa models, but that wasn't possible this time round. Something evidenced, for example, by the way the slightly over-light steering hasn't been tweaked for the twistier, more challenging tarmac common in our market - as previously, it might usually have been. Engine-wise, we don't think your choice is going to be that difficult. You probably won't want a diesel - which is just as well because the 1.5-litre Turbo D unit is no longer offered here. Ideally, you'd want to look beyond the base petrol powerplant, a 75PS normally aspirated version of the PSA Group's usual three cylinder 1.2-litre engine that in this form doesn't have a great deal of pulling power. That same 1.2 Turbo unit's much better suited to this car in the turbocharged 100PS guise that we tried, a form in which it manages to be very competitively clean and frugal. You can order this unit with 8-speed auto transmission - and you have to have an auto if you get the top 1.2-litre 130PS powerplant. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that is available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134PS.

Design and Build

The idea this time round with the Corsa is to strike a better balance between sportiness and comfort, thanks to a re-designed body shell and frugal aluminium engines. There are lighter underpinnings too, based on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) platform this car shares with the latest Peugeot 208. Despite this, this fifth generation model is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase delivering more interior and boot space from this five-door-only model. The smarter body panels are still fashioned from the usual range of high-strength steels, but it's all been stitched together in a more weight-conscious manner, saving 40kg over the outgoing Corsa. Visually, the standard Corsa is virtually identical to the electric version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs. An exterior highlight that Vauxhall is particularly proud of it's the fact that this is the first car in the class to feature adaptive glare-free full-LED headlights - the brand's 'IntelliLux LED Matrix' package, the kind of thing previously restricted to much larger cars. Inside, all Corsas have identical cabins, which centre around a new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro.

Market and Model

If you'd got used to Corsa pricing for base models being in the £14,000 to £16,500 bracket (which is where it's been in recent times), you might need a cup of hot sweet tea after perusal of the figures being asked for this fifth generation French-inspired version, which start from around £17,400 for the feeblest 1.2-litre base-spec petrol variant. Top-spec 'Ultimate' trim with a combustion engine now costs from just under £23,500. The all-electric Corsa-e sells in the £27,000-£30,000 bracket after deduction of the available £1,500 government Plug-in Car Grant. Five doors are mandatory, the three-door body style of previous models being deemed no longer necessary. There are three core trim level options for the Corsa - 'Design' (for combustion models only), then 'GS Line' and 'Ultimate'. On combustion models, there's the option of auto transmission - around £1,700 more on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'Design' derivatives are quite well equipped, fitted with 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen radio, a leather flat bottom steering wheel and LED Headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Cost of Ownership

Huge efforts have gone in here to improve running cost efficiency by saving weight. As a result, expect the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variants that many will want to be very acceptably clean and frugal. With the 100PS model, you can expect to manage 52.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and return a CO2 reading of up to 117g/km, which is pretty good going for a car in this segment. The base 1.2-litre 75PS version manages similar readings - 53.3mpg and 118g/km. But of course if you're really interested in ecological efficiency, there'll be just one variant of this car that'll interest you, the all-electric Corsa-e. For this derivative, Vauxhall claims a WLTP-rated driving range between charges of 222 miles. And fast charging at the rate of 100kW is available via a CCS socket hidden behind the fuel cap, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes. If you install a wallbox at home, you can recharge the battery from empty in around five hours if you have an 11kW electricity supply - or in around eight hours with a 7.4kW supply. Bear in mind that the Corsa-e is around 350kgs heavier than the ordinary version.

Summary

Ultimately, what we're looking at here is a Corsa that can. It can be fun to drive. It can deliver a big car feel. And it can stack up well on the balance sheet. It's a small Vauxhall for which no apologies need to be made. All that will worry obvious supermini rivals. After all, this model's predecessor lacked a little in all of these areas, yet still racked up very respectable sales against them. This MK5 version's still very competitively priced, but has become a contender in this segment that sells on more than just sheer value. It's not perfect of course. It doesn't lead its class in terms of either space, efficiency or driving dynamics. And more work is still needed under the bonnet to deliver an engine range in which all the options are as good as the mid-range three cylinder turbo petrol unit. The key though, is that this Vauxhall is now there, or thereabouts, in the three key areas I've just mentioned. Add to that the wide model line-up and the likely deals on offer and you've a supermini that more than ever, needs to remain high on any family's shopping list.

  • Dark tinted rear side windows + tailgate window
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility

  • Straight line stability control
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Hill hold and start system
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Drag torque control
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Traction control
  • Cornering brake control

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Auto tele unit 3S vehicle communication system
  • Bluetooth mobile phone portal

  • Front pedestrian detection BASIS
  • Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning with lane assist
  • Rear parking distance sensors
  • Front camera system
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • Start/stop system

  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Sports switch
  • Service indicator
  • Engine oil life indicator
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light

  • Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Liquid palladium facia with hot red accents

  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Under body shield for aero
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Six speakers
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB with iPod control
  • AM/FM stereo radio
  • RDS with traffic programme
  • Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming

  • Rear side wing doors
  • Black lower side window mouldings
  • Flexible roof mounted aerial
  • Sports front and rear body styling for upper and lower bumper design
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome effect tailpipe extension
  • High gloss black finish B pillar

  • High beam assist
  • LED Headlights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Rear reversing lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Manual headlamp level control
  • Third brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Centre rear brake lights
  • Headlamps for left side traffic

  • Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
  • 4 speed fan with illuminated controls
  • Electronic climate control (ECC)
  • Four adjustable facia vents

  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear cupholder
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Front cupholder
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Two litre open door pockets
  • Liquid palladium cloth inserts on door trim
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Banda marvel cloth upholstery
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • Black headliner
  • 12V power sockets
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel

  • Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Interior courtesy light
  • Front map reading lights

  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Forward collision alert
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • Single tone horn
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats

  • 2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
  • Single front passenger seat
  • 6 way manual adjustable driver seat height up/down, reach fore/aft, backrest upright/recline
  • 4 way manual co-driver seat reach fore/aft, backrest upright/recline
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Sports style front seats
  • Height adjustable head restraints

  • Steering column lock
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Remote control security alarm system
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • 2 keys one folding with integral remote

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 123

  • Engine Code: EB2ADTS
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6

  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 69
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: GS Line
  • Coin Description: Turbo
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.2
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Power - BHP: 130
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 1960
  • Height: 1433
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Wheelbase: 2538
  • Length: 4060
  • Width: 1765

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1650
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 309
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1118
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • 7" colour touch screen: Included
  • Multimedia Navi with 7" colour touchscreen, Sat Nav, European coverage,2D/3D street level map, points-of-interest search and map updates via USB: £500

  • Two coat premium paint: £700
  • Two coat metallic paint: £600
  • Panoramic sunroof: £500
  • Black roof A pillar in black: Included
  • Brilliant paint: Included
  • Body colour roof and A pillar: £0

  • Two coat metallic - Voltaic blue: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Diamond black: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Quartz grey: £600

  • Premium two coat - Hot red: £700
  • Brilliant Paint - Jade white: £0
  • Premium two coat - Power orange: £700

  • Banda marvel cloth - Black with signal red/dark titanium stitching: £0

  • 17" Black alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" diamond cut bi-colour alloy wheels: £150

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Spare wheel provision: £20

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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