Fleets of fancy

Fleets of Fancy: Vauxhall Corsa GSI

Why should I want it?

The 150hp 1.4 turbo engine is designed to keep running costs under control, including a very low insurance group versus rivals, and a tuned suspension means excellent grip, even in the wet, for a good-handling little car.

Why can’t I have it?

The ride quality. It’ll transit bumps back through the cabin that you can’t even see from the driver’s seat. Plus, it’s no cheaper than an entry Ford Fiesta ST, which has another 50hp, and its other key rival, the Suzuki Swift, offers five-door practicality that the Corsa can’t match.

Arguments to use on the fleet manager

That insurance group is a boon for running costs, coming in eight lower than the Fiesta and a huge 15 under the Swift, while reasonable spec includes aircon, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and nice 17-inch alloys, although even better-looking 18s are an option, along with lovely Recaro sports seats. The nice Mandarina orange colour (pictured) is the standard offering, so doesn’t cost extra.

A More sensible alternative

The new ST-Line trim Ford Fiesta is a better all-rounder if you’re not after a fully-blown hot hatch. It looks the part, and can be had for just over £17,000 in 100hp petrol three-door form, which also means just 108g/km of CO2 emissions for very manageable BIK payments.Fleets of Fancy - Vauxhall Corsa GSI - More Fleet Alternative - Ford Fiesta ST-Line

Factfile

Vauxhall Corsa GSI
Economy:47.1mpg
Emissions:139g/km
Performance:8.9 seconds/129mph
Power:150hp
Price:£18,995