Vauxhall Corsa Road Test

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa Review

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Inside the Vauxhall Corsa, wind noise is dealt with well and the engine remains quiet under load, however road noise is apparent, but not to the extent that it becomes tiresome on long journeys.

Comfort and Refinement

Inside the Vauxhall Corsa, wind noise is dealt with well and the engine remains quiet under load, however road noise is apparent, but not to the extent that it becomes tiresome on long journeys.

An optional heated steering wheel is available and would be ideal ideal for those cold days. Vauxhall need to keep production costs down, and one area where this is apparent is the interior. The dashboard plastics feel hollow and look to be on the cheap side. This money saving is also apparent with doors opening and closing - you can hear the metal rattle. However, it should be remembered that this is common with cars in the segment.


The Vauxhall Corsa Excite test car came with the optional Touch & Connect multi-media system priced at £750. Touch & Connect uses a five-inch touch screen display featuring both 2D and 3D maps for the navigation system, as well as a CD/tuner, with USB and a 3.5mm auxiliary input, as well as Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, with controls located on the steering wheel.

We found the system to be intuitive to operate and screen clarity is good. However, the 5 inch touch screen is located very low on the dashboard, and therefore out of the natural line of vision for the driver.

The system's display features both 2-D and 3-D maps and uses an SD navigation card so map drawing is fast. A noteworthy feature is the eco route option, which calculates the most fuel efficient route. Points of interest can also be downloaded by the user.

The Bluetooth connectivity is also compatible with the iPhone and iPODs with the music library displaying on the screen.

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What We Liked
  • Good fuel efficiency
  • Facelifted styling
What We Disliked
  • Satellite Navigation system is positioned too low
  • Underpowered engine
What We'd Like To See
  • Reduced road noise
  • A repositioned Satellite Navigation system

The Vauxhall Corsa is a strong contender in its segment. It offers good fuel economy and a comfortable ride. It may be worth considering one of the more powerful engines, such as the 1.4 litre, which will provide more power for overtaking and attacking hills and generally feels more confident on the road and through corners.

There is enough space for taking friends and family on a long journey, albeit probably four people unless someone slightly smaller is willing to sit in the middle rear seat.

Overall, the car is good to drive and does its job well, if the road noise could be reduced slightly then Vauxhall Corsa could be a class leader.

22 March 2011 Melanie Carter
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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. © 2018