VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA-E ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 100kW Elite 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
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Drag torque control
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Electric handbrake
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Traction control
  • Cornering brake control

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

  • Front pedestrian detection BASIS
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning with lane assist
  • Traffic sign recognition with intelligent speed adaptation
  • Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
  • Panoramic rear view camera
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front camera system

  • Two litre open door pockets

  • USB with iPod control
  • Multimedia Navi pro 10" colour touchscreen, Sat nav, European coverage,2D/3D street level mapping, points-of-interest search and map updates via USB
  • 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
  • Service indicator
  • Lights on audible warning
  • 7" TFT instrument cluster
  • 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
  • Electrically folding door mirrors

  • Silent black facia with galvano chrome inserts

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

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

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

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

  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • 2 layer paint IP insert signature wings colour galvano innovation
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • Silent black door panels on door trim
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
  • Premium leather effect side bolsters and surrounds
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Front cupholder
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • 12V power sockets
  • Premium leather effect / fabric seat trim

  • LED ambient lighting
  • 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
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • 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
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Forward collision alert
  • Driver drowsiness alert system

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Comfort front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • 2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
  • 6 way manual co-driver fore/aft, up/down 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
  • Steering column lock
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Remote control security alarm system

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers

  • 17" bi colour diamond cut alloy wheels

  • 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

  • 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

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Coin Series: Elite Nav Prem [7k]
  • 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
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 25E

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.6
  • Top Speed: 93
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 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 Front: 205/45 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: N

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

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

  • 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 - Navy blue: £0

  • Special metallic - Jade white: £320
  • 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

  • Premium leather/cloth - Deep blue: £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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