26 May 2020
Another lockdown week, another week of few miles.
However, the Corsa performed a vital, some might say essential, trip this week when it transported me to pick up a takeaway from my local fish and chip van. Not only are the fish and chips always beautifully cooked, but they remained that way on the way home with the takeaway hook keeping everything suspended and secure. Even the curry sauce. Philistine? Me? Pah!
In all seriousness, the trip also allowed me to fill up the car at last, and an average economy of 47mpg isn’t to be sniffed at, especially considering the type of trips the car has been doing.
5 May 2020
Well, I have to say that the Corsa is by far the most economical test car I’ve ever had the pleasure to run. That’s because the economy figure is currently running at around quarter of a tank per month. Pretty thrifty, I think you’ll agree.
In all seriousness, the Corsa has been used purely for a once-weekly jaunt to my local supermarket, and thence to my girlfriend’s elderly parents to drop off their shopping. So, the car hasn’t done a huge number of miles (although it is actually run-in now), but nevertheless the trips have allowed me to get an initial impression of how the Corsa will cope when life returns to normal.
The engine is a peach. It revs sweetly, pulls strongly from low revs and seems to have a genuine dislike for the taste of unleaded.
However, space is not the Corsa’s forte, because the boot feels pretty small. In addition, when you fold down the rear seat you’re left with a large step.
Supermarket car parks and the odd trip on the M4 have also highlighted the fact that the rear pillar is quite large, hampering your view when parking or changing lanes.
16 April 2020
It’s here, and I have to say it’s pretty cool. The Corsa turned up with a grand total of 147 miles on the clock, so the running-in period had to be strictly adhered to. I say ‘had’ but in reality I mean ‘has’ since the onset of the Coronavirus lockdown.
Nevertheless, I did manage to get some meaningful miles in before being confined to quarters. The 100hp 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine starts with a pleasing growl (albeit after an interminably long press of the button), and performance is brisk. It certainly has no problem keeping up on A- and B-roads, and cruising on dual-carriageways.
Inside, there’s loads of kit, including a TFT instrument display panel, automatic lights and wipers, and a touchscreen infotainment system, which incorporates digital (DAB) radio, satellite-navigation, Bluetooth, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The blue hue really pings in direct sunlight, and I love the fact that the wheels are smaller, and the tyres have decent sidewalls, which is good for comfort and takes any worry out of parking next to a kerb.
Niggles? It’s not the roomiest, and the boot needs a good shove to close properly.
Roll on the day when I can drive it properly again.
27 March 2020
By all accounts, the new Vauxhall Corsa is really good. Phrases such as ‘good to drive’, ‘enjoyable’ and ‘full of kit’ have all been bandied about in early reports. This is great news for me because I’m going to be running one for the next six months.
We’ve gone for the 1.2-litre (100ps) engine in mid-spec SRi Nav trim, which is predicted to be the most popular, and the only options we’ve added are Voltaic Blue metallic paint (£565), a space-saver spare wheel in lieu of an inflation kit (£110), and the Winter Pack that comprises heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
Winter – do your worst!