VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo SE 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2126 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
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Front power windows with express up/down and anti-pinch function
  • Solar absorbing front and rear side windows and tailgate

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

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

  • Two litre open door pockets
  • Start/stop system

  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Multimedia infotainment systems with 7" touchscreen, DAB/AM/FM radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, Apple carplay/Android auto
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • 3.5" colour driver instrument cluster (DIC)
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • Service indicator
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Engine oil life indicator

  • Electrical adjustment, manual folding and heated outside rear view mirror
  • Inside rear view mirror tiltable day/night folder

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

  • Six speakers
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light

  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Roof antenna short rod
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
  • Body colour roof + door mirrors
  • Tailgate spoiler
  • Body colour door handles
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure

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

  • Legroom rear heater
  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Air conditioning with air recirculation facility
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents
  • 4 speed fan with illuminated controls

  • Jet black door panels on door trim
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
  • Manual handbrake
  • Rear cupholder
  • Front cupholder
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with silver painted bezel + IRC
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • IP plastic insert single piece
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Fresez marvel cloth upholstery
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • 12V power sockets

  • Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Courtesy lights with map reading light

  • Tyre deflation detection 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
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • Forward collision alert
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • 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
  • 4 way manual co-driver fore/aft with reclining seatback
  • 6 way manual fore/aft, up/down with reclining driver seatback
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Comfort front seats

  • Remote locking fuel filler flap
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser

  • Sunshades with vanity mirror on driver and passenger side

  • 16" silver 8 spoke alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 96
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 126

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199
  • Engine Code: EB2ADTD-B

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 78.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.9

  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: Turbo
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • 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
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 16E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.9
  • Engine Power - BHP: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.3
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Power - KW: 74
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 151
  • Engine Torque - NM: 205
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750

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

  • 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
  • Tyre Size Front: 195/55 R16

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1090
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1620
  • 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: 530
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1015
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £550
  • Premium metallic paint: £650
  • Additional metallic paint: £320

  • Metallic - Navy blue: £0

  • Premium metallic - Power orange: £650
  • Premium metallic - Hot red: £650
  • Special metallic - Diamond black: £550
  • Special metallic - Quartz grey: £550
  • Special metallic - Voltaic blue: £550
  • Special metallic - Jade white: £320

  • Fresez marvel cloth - Jet black: £0

  • 15" Space saver spare wheel: £110
  • 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.

BVRLA
ogilvie
Hitachi
Lex Autolease
Alphabet
ALD
AEVAL
Leasing Broker Federation

Join our Newsletter

Join our newsletter to receive our latest offers & news

Tilsun Leasing is a trading style of Tilsun Leasing Limited. Tilsun Leasing Limited is a credit broker not a lender.

Tilsun Leasing Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. FRN: 670872.
All our calls are monitored for compliance and training purposes.

Registered address: Tilsun Leasing Limited, Verity Court, Pochin Way, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 0GW.
Company Registered in England and Wales No. 4393228 Data Protection No. Z7014603 VAT Reg No. 400 8929 64

Tilsun Leasing 2021. All Rights Reserved