Barely ever out of the UK's top five best-selling cars, and consistently in the top three since 2014, the Vauxhall Corsa thoroughly deserves its popularity. Stylish, huge fun to drive, efficient, great value and packed with technology, it's a standout choice.
Available as either a sporty three-door or a practical five-door model, the Corsa is smart and well-built inside and out. The spacious cabin has a good quality feel, with a simple, clean dashboard, a comfortable driving position, good visibility. There’s also lots of storage and plenty of room for tall drivers and passengers.
To drive, the Corsa is superb. Everything is there: reassuring grip, light steering, slick gears and plenty of pulling power. It's easy to manoeuvre around town, reassuring on winding country roads, and settled and quiet on the motorway. The sportier models – the VXR and the GSi – are fitted with a sports suspension that is firm but still comfortable, and the latter, introduced in 2018, goes from 0 to 60mph in 8.7 seconds and has a top speed of 129mph.
The choice of engines varies with each generation. The most recent used Corsa comes with a 1.4-litre 16-valve petrol engine with three power outputs: 74bhp, 89bhp or 148bhp. The latter two engines are turbocharged and come with stop-start technology.
Add to this strong fuel economy (new Corsas return as much as 50mpg) and the fact that many pre-April 2017 models qualify for low or no road tax, and your Corsa should be very economical to run.
Standard safety equipment in newer pre-owned Corsas includes hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring, six airbags and electronic stability control. As for technology, you get Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo, cruise control, and alloy wheels even on basic models. Design trim adds air conditioning and the Intellilink touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
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