VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA-E ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 100kW SRi Nav Premium 50kWh 5dr Auto [7.4kWCh]

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.6s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range209 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 209 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: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro. Both monitors deliver the expected smartphone-mirroring functionality and of course there's navigation too - which is optional with the smaller screen. Avoid entry-level trim and you'll find 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 three available trim levels - 'SE Nav Premium', 'SRi Nav Premium' and 'Elite Nav Premium' - and you'll be paying in the £26,500 to £31,000 bracket, once the available £2,500 government Plug-in grant has been deducted from the mildly alarming initial asking price. This means, that, rather bravely, Vauxhall has priced the base Corsa-e around £600 above the entry-level 'Active'-spec version of its Peugeot e-208 cousin. And a top-spec 'GT'-spec e-208 will also save you around £600 over a top 'Elite Nav Premium'-spec Corsa-e. Which is interesting positioning given that the two products are basically the same. Both the Corsa-e and the 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 from around £28,000 and 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. You can get battery-powered versions of the Volkswagen up! and the SEAT Mii from around £20,000, but they're all smaller city cars. A battery-powered family hatch like a Kia e-Niro would cost around £30,000 and Renault ZOE R135 around £29,000.

Cost of Ownership

If you're a Corsa-e owner, you'll need to know that getting anywhere near the quoted 209 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
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows

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

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

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

  • Two litre open door pockets

  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Vauxhall connect box
  • Engine oil life indicator
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • USB with iPod control
  • Multimedia Navi with 7" colour touchscreen, Sat nav, European coverage,2D/3D street level mapping, points-of-interest search and map updates via USB
  • 7" TFT instrument cluster
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Service indicator
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information

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

  • Liquid palladium facia with hot red accents

  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Under body shield for aero
  • 7.4kW 1-Phase On-Board Charger

  • AM/FM stereo radio
  • RDS with traffic programme
  • Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 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
  • High gloss black finish B pillar
  • A pillar in black
  • Body colour door handles
  • Black lower side window mouldings
  • Roof antenna short rod
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
  • Sports tailgate spoiler
  • Sports front and rear body styling for upper and lower bumper design
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure

  • Headlamps for left side traffic
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Centre Rear Brake Lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Rear reversing lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • High beam assist
  • Hazard warning lights

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

  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Liquid palladium cloth inserts on door trim
  • Black headliner
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Banda marvel cloth upholstery
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Front cupholder
  • 12V power sockets

  • 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
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • 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

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Sports style front seats
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • 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

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

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers

  • 17" Bi-color alloy wheel

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 450
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 22
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 15-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 45
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 15-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: 15-80
  • 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 - Min: 417
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max: 412
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 336
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 336
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 328
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 16.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 16.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 16.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 3.8
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 259
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max: 256
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min: 259
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 209
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 204
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 209

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

  • Engine Code: 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

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

  • Coin Series: SRi Nav Premium
  • Coin Description: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 24E
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5
  • 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

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

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

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1530
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1916
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 309
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1118
  • Max. Loading Weight: 386

  • Panoramic sunroof: £500
  • Premium metallic paint: £650
  • Black roof and door mirrors: Included
  • Additional metallic paint: £320
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £550
  • Body colour roof + door mirrors: £0

  • Metallic-Diamond black: £0

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

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

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • 15" Space saver spare wheel: £110
  • 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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