Vauxhall Corsa Review (2011)

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa Review

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The Vauxhall Corsa Excite 1.2 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 12.7 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 107mph.

The Corsa is Vauxhall's second best selling model after the Vauxhall Astra, and has recently received a face lift to bring its styling in line with the other models in the range such as the Vauxhall Insignia, Astra and Meriva.

The exterior design has been sharpened, with the bonnet featuring a new chrome bar that stretches across its width, and incorporates Vauxhall's new Griffin badge. A re-styled front bumper and deeper lower grille gives the Vauxhall Corsa a chunky and solid appearance.

New 'Eagle-Eye' headlamps seem to be warping backwards, giving the impression of motion. These are joined by new fog lamps with chrome surrounds.

Five new exterior colours are available in the Vauxhall Corsa range - Lime Green pearlescent, Chilli Orange metallic, Guacamole, Sunny Melon, as seen on our test car, and Pepperdust metallic carried across from the new Vauxhall Meriva range.

Vauxhall Corsa SE and SXi models come as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, while the VXR is equipped with new 18-inch alloy wheels, modelled on the design of the optional 20-inch wheels of the Vauxhall Insignia VXR.

Vibrant new colours also feature on the Vauxhall Corsa's interior, with seat trim options including Steel Blue and Tabasco Orange, alongside a range of different coloured door trims, centre consoles, air vent rings and door handles.

How It Drove - Performance

The Vauxhall Corsa Excite 1.2 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 12.7 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 107mph. We found the acceleration to be smooth and the 5 speed gearbox is fluid. However the car did feel underpowered going up hills and whilst overtaking - with maximum torque of 115Nm at 4000rpm, we often found ourselves having to select a lower gear to keep up the pace.

Official figures for the Vauxhall Corsa Excite's fuel consumption are 40.9 mpg urban, 64.2 mpg extra-urban and 53.3 mpg combined.

The Vauxhall Corsa EcoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (95PS) comes with Start/Stop technology, which switches off the engine in situations where it would normally be idling, for example whilst sitting at a red light. When the car is put into neutral and the clutch released, the engine is switched off. The engine can be re-started by depressing the clutch. This technology allows the Vauxhall Corsa EcoFLEX model to achieve an official urban mpg figure of 67.3mpg.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

At the start of 2010 Vauxhall's engineers reconfigured the Vauxhall Corsa's chassis and steering in order to deliver improved ride comfort, enhanced steering feel and greater stability.

Dampers, springs, anti-roll bars, the rear axle, steering gear and the electric power steering's software were all revised for greater refinement and the revisions have made a difference. The steering is quite light, but given that the car will mostly be used in town, this will be of some benefit.

The front and rear dampers now offer a more digressive setting due to changes to the piston and bottom valving. At lower speeds, this results in improved body control on rough roads while at higher speeds, and when load frequencies increase, the damping rate decreases slightly in order to improve ride comfort.

This system has had an effect, and the Vauxhall Corsa feels more planted on the road and holds well through corners. However, if you decide to get a bit more adventurous, there is some body roll and the suspension can feel soft and slightly bouncy. Overall the ride is comfortable and doesn't pose a problem on long journeys.

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Vauxhall Corsa Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Corsa Excite 1.2i
Body TypeHatchback
ColourSunny Melon
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.7 Seconds
Top Speed 107 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban40.9 mpg
Extra Urban64.2 mpg
Combined53.3 mpg
Insurance Group16E
Euro NCAP Rating5 Stars
WarrantyLifetime / 100000 miles
Price (when tested on the 22/03/11)£13,640

The information contained within this Vauxhall Corsa review may have changed since publication on the 22 March 2011. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Vauxhall dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2019