The 2004 Corsa - Festures and Figures | Part Two

Corsa now benefits from fuel-saving TWINPORT engines for both the 1.0 litre 12v three- cylinder and 1.4 litre 16v four-cylinder units. Fuel consumption is considerably reduced through the employment of a variable intake manifold and high exhaust gas recirculation rates, so for example the fuel consumption on the new 1.4 ECOTEC 5-speed manual, at 47.9mpg, is almost 13 per cent over the old engine.

Its smaller 1.0 litre 12v brother was already one of the most economical petrol engines around. With new TWINPORT technology even less fuel is consumed, returning 53.3mpg on a combined cycle. At the same time, TWINPORT also promotes stronger power delivery.

Corsa Diesels

Vauxhall’s face-lifted Corsa benefits from the company’s new generation diesel engines in 1.3 and 1.7 litre sizes. Both of the new engines feature the latest common-rail direct injection, and are refined, economical and have plentiful reserves of engine torque.

The new diesels are all about cost efficient motoring; the 70 hp 1.3 CDTi returns 62.8mpg while the 1.7 CDTi, with 100 hp, manages an excellent 56.5mpg.

And performance does not suffer, either. With the larger 1.7 CDTi diesel, the Corsa reaches 60mph from standstill in 10.5 seconds, while the in-gear 30-50mph is only 6.8 seconds.

Vauxhall’s automated manual transmission "Easytronic" is available on two of the petrol engine offerings, the 1.0 12v TWINPORT and the 1.2 16v.

Six models for every taste and budget

Vauxhall offers the new Corsa in six different trim levels, including two names which are new to the range, the Design and Life models.

Both feature a generous standard equipment list, with for example the Design model (starting price £9220 on the road) being fitted with twin airbags, CD player, ABS, air-conditioning, remote control locking and electric mirrors. The Life model meanwhile starts at just £8175 on the road, and it features a CD player, electric windows, remote control locking and ABS.

The full line-up consists of Expression, Life, Active, Design, SXi and SRi. All models are available as both 3 and 5 door, apart from the Expression which is a 3-door hatch only.

Low running costs

As well as the efficiency of the new engines in returning low fuel consumption, low running costs are helped through its repair and service-friendly design, and long service intervals – 2 years or 20,000 miles for petrol and 30,000 miles for diesels. The flexible service interval display takes account of each driver’s individual driving style, indicating in the cabin when a service is due.

Published 30 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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