Sales of Corsa models continue to grow – last year there were 105,000 satisfied owners, and Vauxhall is confident it will exceed that figure this year.
Why? Because Corsa has a great deal to offer: three or five-door bodystyle, seven trims, six engines, 13 brilliant colours and servicing just once a year or 20,000 miles. Insurance ratings are the lowest possible.
Every model is a joy to own and to drive. Comfort comes from the tuned chassis that makes Corsa secure yet extremely agile on the road. ABS is an option on Elegance, SXi and SRi 1.4 (standard on 1.8 engine). And the Corsa Active special edition adds a stereo radio/CD player, leather covered steering wheel, 15 inch alloy wheels, alloy-effect centre console and electric front windows to the specification of the Club model.
- Active is fitted with the perky yet remarkably frugal 96mph 1.0 litre 12v power pack that returns 50.4mpg. With Easytronic five-speed automatic/manual transmission the figure actually rises to 51.4mpg.
At the performance end of the scale is the sparkling Corsa SRi with a 1.8 litre engine turning in a nifty 126mph, yet it is still relatively inexpensive to fill up with petrol as it returns 35.8mpg.
The Astra range is even more comprehensive!
While the 2.0 litre turbo GSi continues to stir up the hot hatch class and provide more choice for customers after a sporting Astra, the full range stretches from a well-equipped 1.6 8v entry-level Expression model through nine engine choices to the luxurious and fully-loaded Elegance and the sporty SRi.
In addition to the highly acclaimed Astra, the Astra Coupe and Convertible add further panache thanks to their smart Bertone styling. The Convertible also knows how to raise a smile, with stylish design that looks particularly striking with the top open.
Petrol engines start with the 85hp 1.6 litre 8v, running through 1.6 16v (100hp), 1.8 16v (125hp), 2.0 litre turbo (200hp) and 2.2 litre 16v (147hp). Three diesels can be chosen – a 1.7DTi (75hp), a brand new 80hp 1.7 CDTi common rail engine and the 100hp 2.0DTi.