VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo Design 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2121 g/km

A MATTER OF CORSA

Vauxhall's fifth generation Corsa hasn't lost that streetwise edge. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?

Out on the road, you can't help but notice the fifth generation version of Vauxhall's little Corsa supermini. In the throngs of city traffic, there is very little else that can cut its way as deftly through the queues and still leave you unruffled at the other end. The first time I met this car, it seemed to beg me to drive it and I did, with great enjoyment. This MK5 model promised to be something special from my first glimpse of it in the car park. First impressions are of a rounded, friendly look with a broader front grille than Corsas of old. The overall proportioning isn't that much of a departure. 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.

Practicalities

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. 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. There's room for two adults in the back but I struggled to fit two child seats in, plus a booster in the middle. Legroom was good but the payback for this was the smallish boot space. Still, take out the parcel shelf and you could still fit in some luggage if you needed to. The quality of materials used is leagues ahead of older Corsas and like the Astra, there's the bulletproof feeling of build quality that's as good as anything in the sector.

Behind the Wheel

You should feel at home at the wheel of this car and the engines on offer are a willing bunch. There are two petrol units and a single diesel to choose from. Ideally, you'd want to avoid the base 75PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, which can only be had with 5-speed manual transmission. And go instead for the more modern three cylinder, direct injection turbocharged 100PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant your dealer will prefer to point you towards. The minority-interest Corsa engine option is a 1.5-litre 100PS diesel which will be a rare sight, but might make sense if you habitually undertake longer distances in your supermini. All the engines on offer are helped in their task by a significant weight reduction this time round - Vauxhall says it can be as much as 10%, which is quite a lot in supermini terms. Base-spec variants can now weigh as little as 980kgs. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that will be available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134hp.

Value For Money

Prices have risen a bit, starting at around £15,500, but you could pay as much as around £25,000 for the full-electric version. There are four core trim level options for the Corsa this time round - 'SE', 'SRi', 'Elite Nav' and 'Ultimate'. Go for the 'SE' or 'SRi' variants and there are interim 'Nav' and 'Premium' options. You can have the 'Elite Nav' model in an upgraded 'Elite Nav Premium' state of spec too. It's all quite complex. Simpler to comprehend is the need to pay a premium for auto transmission - an extra £1,730 on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'SE' 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.

Could I Live With One?

For day-to-day driving, this fifth generation Corsa is stronger than ever before. Overall, if you're seeking something fun, frugal and cheap to run, I can think of few better small cars.

  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Solar absorbing front and rear side windows and tailgate
  • 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
  • Hill hold and start system
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Drag torque control
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • Traction control
  • Cornering brake control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Electronic parking brake

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Bluetooth mobile phone portal

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

  • Start/stop system

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

  • Inside rear view mirror tiltable day/night folder
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Mistral facia

  • 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
  • Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming
  • AM/FM stereo radio
  • RDS with traffic programme

  • Black lower side window mouldings
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Body colour roof and A pillar
  • Flexible roof mounted aerial
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Upper and lower bumper design

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

  • Air conditioning with air recirculation facility
  • Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
  • 4 speed fan with illuminated controls
  • Four adjustable facia vents

  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • 12V power sockets
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Rear cupholder
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Front cupholder
  • Two litre open door pockets
  • Jet black door panels on door trim
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • IP plastic insert single piece
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Fresez marvel cloth upholstery
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • 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 pressure monitoring system
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Forward collision alert
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
  • Single tone horn
  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • 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
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Comfort front seats
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Height adjustable head restraints

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

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers

  • 16" silver 8 spoke alloy wheels

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 121

  • Engine Code: EB2ADTAD
  • 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: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 45.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 6.2

  • 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: 100
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Design
  • Coin Description: Turbo
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000

  • Engine Power - KW: 74
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 151
  • Engine Torque - NM: 205
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.2
  • Top Speed: 119
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.9

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

  • Tyre Size Front: 195/55 R16
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 8 SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1090
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1645
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 309
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Loading Weight: 555
  • 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

  • Brilliant paint: Included
  • Two coat premium paint: £700
  • Two coat metallic paint: £600

  • Two coat metallic - Voltaic blue: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Diamond black: £600
  • Two coat metallic - Crystal silver: £600

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

  • Fresez marvel cloth - Black: £0

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

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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