VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA-E ELECTRIC HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS 100kW Anniversary Edition 50kWh 5dr Auto [11kWCh]

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.6s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range222 miles

To suit the current zeitgeist, there's a version of Vauxhall's fifth generation Corsa supermini - this car, the Corsa-e - that's fully battery-powered. But would you want to pay the significant premium necessary to get it? Time to check out this little battery-powered hatch.

E BY THRUM

You can choose to have Vauxhall's smallest model in battery-powered form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the Corsa-e.

Ten Second Review

To suit the current zeitgeist, there's a version of Vauxhall's fifth generation Corsa supermini - this car, the Corsa-e - that's fully battery-powered. But would you want to pay the significant premium necessary to get it? Time to check out this little battery-powered hatch.

Background

Supermini-sized full-electric cars haven't generally been very credible to date, with one or two notable exceptions. But times are changing. Pretty soon, most volume brand manufacturers are going to be offering little EVs with the kind of driving range you once had to pay luxury money for. Vauxhall has found itself in the vanguard of this change courtesy of the borrowed PSA Group technology we first saw in the Peugeot e-208 and the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. It appears in this car, the Corsa-e, the Griffin brand's very first Zero Emissions model.

Driving Experience

Here, as with this model's cousin the Peugeot e-208, a 50kWh lithium-ion battery is mated to a 100kW electric motor putting out 136PS and working through the usual single-speed auto transmission you get with EVs. Like all electric vehicles, this one develops all its torque at once and simply hurls itself away from rest (the 30mph mark is reached in just 2.1s and 60mph is crested in only 7.6s), disguising the fact that (also like all EVs) this Zero Emissions variant has a bit of a weight problem - that drivetrain adds over 300kgs of bulk. That other small battery-powered little hatches manage this issue a little better is evidenced by the fact that the Corsa-e's WLTP-rated 222 mile driving range is easily improved upon by the latest versions of the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3. Still, all of this does represent a brave new world for forward-thinking supermini buyers looking to make the (still rather expensive) switch into all-electric motoring; it seems like only yesterday, after all, that a fully-charged small EV could only manage around half the kind of range you get from this one. Of course, you certainly won't achieve anything like that kind of operating capability if you get anywhere near this EV's quoted 93mph top speed. Or if you habitually drive your Corsa-e in the 'Sport' setting that'll be necessary to release to full 136PS power output just mentioned. The quoted range figure will only be distantly possible if you instead engage a somewhat restrictive 'Eco' mode that drops power output right down to 83PS.

Design and Build

Visually, this electric Corsa is virtually identical to the combustion-engined 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, both with built-in navigation: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro. Both monitors deliver the expected smartphone-mirroring functionality. The two variants also get another 7-inch digital display featuring with virtual dials in the instrument binnacle. Build quality doesn't match the highest standards in this class, but ergonomically, there's not much to fault. The seats are supportive, nothing's irritatingly awkward to get to and everything's exactly where you expect it to. Rear seat space is a bit cramped but boot room is the same as with the combustion-engined versions - 309-litres, extendable to 1,118-litres when you fold the rear bench.

Market and Model

For this all-electric Corsa-e, there are two available trim levels - 'GS Line' and 'Ultimate' - and you'll be paying in the £28,500 to £31,000 bracket. Both the Corsa-e and its cousin the Peugeot e-208 make more sense as EVs than another key Zero Emissions small car rival at this price point, the MINI Electric. That MINI's priced at about the same level as this Vauxhall, but has a much lower operating range, a three-door-only body style and a tiny boot - plus it would probably cost around £3,000 more when equipped to a similar standard. There aren't really any other direct all-electric small hatch options. A battery-powered family hatch like a Kia Niro EV or the Renault ZOE would cost getting on for £35,000. Standard kit across the range is generous. Even base 'GS Line' gives you LEd headlights, a 7-inch Multimedia Navi infornment screen with built-in navigation and 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. Plus there's a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, electronic climate control, sports alloy-effect pedals and 17-inch bi-colour alloy wheels. Top 'Ultimate'-spec gets you a 10-inch centre screen and a contrast-coloured black roof, plus 'IntelliLux' adapative LED Matrix headlights.

Cost of Ownership

If you're a Corsa-e owner, you'll need to know that getting anywhere near the quoted 222 mile WLTP-rated range figure will necessitate staying in the powertrain's provided 'Eco' mode - activating its 'Sport' mode setting will reduce your range by around 10%. What about charging times? Well, using the 7kW wallbox you'll need to get installed in your garage as a Corsa-e owner, a full charge from empty will take seven and-a-half hours. If when you're out and about, you find a public 50kW Rapid Charger, the replenishment time to charge from 15 to 80% is 45 minutes. If you're fortunate enough to find a 100kW Rapid Charger, that falls to 30 minutes. If the charger in question is a 22kW accelerated public charger, then the replenishment time will vary depending on whether you've paid a little extra to get the Corsa-e's standard 7.4kW on-board charger upgraded to 11kW spec. If you do that, you can reduce the 5 hour replenishment time with this kind of charger to 3 hours and 20 minutes. At the point of purchase of a Corsa-e, Vauxhall will throw in a free six month subscription to BP Chargemaster's Polar Network, which after that point would, at the time of this test, cost you £7.85 a month.

Summary

We're still at the stage at which you have to be pretty sold on the EV concept to choose a car like this. Vauxhall says its goal is to reach a stage where the overall full-life cost of a Corsa-e (taking into account purchase price or leasing costs, plus charging fees) is approximately the same as what you'd pay to run a well-specified petrol automatic variant. Well we're some way off that at present but it'll happen sooner or later. For the time being, this is pretty much state of the art in terms of full-electric small cars. Yes, you can get the same technology in a Peugeot e-208 or a DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. And yes, other compact EVs like the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3 will take you a little further on a single charge. But this Vauxhall will reach a far wider audience than any of the models just mentioned. It will play a key part in democratising the idea of a supermini EV. And that makes it a very important car indeed.

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

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

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

  • Service indicator
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Vauxhall connect box
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light
  • Multimedia Navi with 7" colour touchscreen, Sat Nav, European coverage,2D/3D street level map, points-of-interest search and map updates via USB

  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • 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

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

  • Brilliant paint
  • High gloss black finish B pillar
  • Body colour door handles
  • Black grille
  • Black lower side window mouldings
  • Flexible roof mounted aerial
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Front and rear badging in black
  • Rear central model lettering
  • Sports front and rear body styling for upper and lower bumper design
  • Black roof A pillar in black
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers

  • 11kW 3-Phase On-Board Charger
  • Mode 3 - 22kW cable

  • 17" gloss black alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 1305
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 450
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: 0-80
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 50
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 417
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEL: 417
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEH: 412
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 357
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL: 357
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH: 328
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 16.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 16.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 16.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 3.8
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 259
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEH: 256
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEL: 259
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 222
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH: 204
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL: 222
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Charging Port Location: Left Side Rear

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Engine Code: N

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Anniversary Edition
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • 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: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: True
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: 98548
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True

  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.6
  • Top Speed: 93
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3673
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 300
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

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

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1081
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 267
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N

  • Brilliant Paint - Arden red: £0

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

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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