VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.5 Turbo D SE 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2109 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

Engine-wise, 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. Here, there's a gutsier 205Nm of torque, which will mean easier mid-range overtaking and less of a need to 'row' the car along with the 6-speed gear lever in town. Alternatively with this 100PS drivetrain, there's the option of an auto transmission - and a very sophisticated one with 8-speeds which includes steering wheel paddleshifters. You have to have this auto if you go for the top 1.2 130PS variant. 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, thanks to a plump 250Nm torque output. 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.

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 new 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 £11,000 to £13,500 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 £16,500 for the feeblest 1.2-litre base-spec petrol variant. And even if you avoid the all-electric Corsa-e, it's still possible to pay as much as £28,000 for the ritziest-trimmed petrol model. Five doors are now standard (which partly explains the price rise), the three-door body style of previous models being deemed no longer necessary. For the Corsa-e, you're looking at needing to find around £26,500 as a starting point, after deduction of the £3,000 government plug-in car grant. There are eight core trim level options for the Corsa - 'SE', 'SE Premium', 'SRi', 'SRi Premium', 'Elite', 'Elite Nav', 'Elite Nav Premium' and 'Ultimate Nav'. 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.

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 100hp model, you can expect to manage around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and return a CO2 reading not much over 100g/km, which is pretty good going for a car in this segment. The 1.5-litre diesel version of course does much better. Over 60mpg on the combined cycle should be eminently achievable, along with a sub-100g/km of CO2 reading. 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 211 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.

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

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

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

  • 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
  • 3.5" colour driver instrument cluster (DIC)
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Service indicator
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • 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
  • Diesel particulate filter

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

  • 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

  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
  • Jet black door panels on door trim
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • 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
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • 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
  • 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
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag

  • 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
  • Comfort front seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • 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): 85
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 109
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 109
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: DV5RCF
  • CC: 1499
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 76.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 97.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 88.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 74.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 83.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 72.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 70
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 62.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 3.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 3.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 3.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 4.5

  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • 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: 102
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: Turbo D
  • 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
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20D

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.2
  • Top Speed: 117
  • Engine Power - BHP: 102
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 75
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750

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

  • 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
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 309
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1015
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1165
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1645
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Loading Weight: 480
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 41

  • 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.

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