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Long Term Test: Vauxhall Corsa 1.2(100) SRi Nav

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28 July 2020

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020

The takeover of Vauxhall by the PSA Group a couple of years ago has had positives and negatives for the Corsa.

For a start, the engine is a cracker, the gearbox is accurate enough, and the dashboard is clear. I was Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020already familiar with the engine, having lived with it in a Citroen C3 Aircross last year, and it’s even better here because it gives the Corsa decent punch and sounds great. Better still, where the Aircross switched on its lane-departure warning system every time you started the car, the Corsa has an off button, and it stays off, which is a relief.

The infotainment system is the same as that in the Citroen, which is to say a bit laggy and complicated, but Vauxhall has had the good sense to keep the climate controls separate from it. Again, that makes living with the car on a daily basis much easier.

One small thing I don’t get – the Corsa has two temperature control dials almost next to one another, but it’s just a single-zone climate system. Is that form taking precedence over function?

Euan Doig

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 48.1mpg

CO2: 125g/km

14 July 2020

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020 boot open

Check out the two pictures. In the first the boot isn’t closed properly, but in the second it is. Impossible to tell, isn’t it.

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020 boot closedIf you’re on the ball, there is a clue when you try to lock the car –the mirrors don’t fold in, even though it makes the usual ‘clunk’ noise. Miss the clue and infuriation awaits, because trying to lock the car activates the alarm, which takes a couple of minutes to realise the car is actually insecure – usually just at the point when outdoor footwear has been swapped for slippers, and backside is about to interface with sofa. Cue alarm siren from outside.

I’ve taken to giving the bootlid a hefty slam, just to be sure.

Euan Doig

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 48.1mpg

CO2: 125g/km

29 June 2020

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020 boot

The sun’s out (mostly) and the world is starting to open up again, which means the Corsa and I ‘enjoyed’ the delights of a trip to the garden centre (I hate gardening, my girlfriend loves it).

I digress. Anyway, after spending an inordinate amount of cash on stuff I’ll likely ‘tend’ to an early demise, the Corsa’s smooth driving traits meant we got everything back home with the green bits still pointing upwards and most of the soil still in the pots.

However, while the Corsa is decently smooth and comfortable for transporting shrubbery, it isn’t so Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020 rear seatsgreat at moving people. Witness my girlfriend’s two teenage sons – the younger is 6ft 2in, while the elder is 5ft 10 (a bit of a sore point) – who struggle to fit in the rear seat, let alone be comfortable. I cannot sit in my usual driving position, because there simply isn’t the space for them to get their (admittedly large) feet down into the rear-seat footwell, which causes discomfort for all concerned. Just as well we haven’t been able to do any long trips in the car thus far, but when we can go out once again we’ll probably take Tracey’s 2010 Skoda Fabia, simply because it’s so much roomier.

Euan Doig

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 48.1mpg

CO2: 125g/km

10 June 2020

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020

In these days of WLTP ‘realignment’ and also revised company car taxation bandings, some cars appear to have been somewhat hamstrung. Case in point, the Corsa. That’s because its CO2 output has been raised to 125g/km, which puts it in the 30% band for company car taxation. A few years ago, that would have been the preserve of hot hatches or a mid-to-large exec with a six-cylinder petrol up front.

Nevertheless, the lowish list price means a lower-rate taxpayer will shell out around £93 per month to run a Corsa, and a higher-rate payer will face a bill of around £186.

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020Still, we’re showing an average of 47.3mpg over a mixture of town and motorway trips, which is pretty fine, and the decent kit is helping to take our mind off the bills. For example, the TFT display in place of the instruments is both comprehensive enough and simple to decipher. Having a digital speed front and centre, and the ability to can configure it to have a map display means you’ll spend less time with your eyes off the road. As more and more people get back on the road over the next few weeks after a couple of months off, keeping alert will be vital.

Euan Doig

Tester's notes

• Maybe it’s because I haven’t done enough miles to get fully acquainted yet, but the cruise control…err, controls, are not as clear as they might be. The graphics on the steering wheel aren’t easy to read, and too often I switch the system off instead of pause it.

• The car’s technology has suffered two glitches so far; on a jaunt to Didcot it failed to work out where I was throughout and couldn’t map the area, and while negotiating the Heathrow perimeter road, the speed limit recognition system told me the limit was 70mph when in fact it was 30mph.

Euan Doig

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 48.1mpg

CO2: 125g/km

26 May 2020

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020 bag hook

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.

Euan Doig

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 48.1mpg

CO2: 125g/km

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.

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 2020In 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.

Euan Doig

Tester's notes

• Even during these spring mornings it can be pretty chilly, and the Corsa’s heated steering wheel is brilliant. Heats up very quickly indeed. Love it.

• I hate the lottery of having a can of spray foam in place of a spare wheel. Too often I’ve been left stranded with a flat tyre and covered in foam. That’s why the money spent to have a proper spare wheel was well spent.

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 48.1mpg

CO2: 125g/km

16 April 2020

Vauxhall Corsa LTT 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.
Euan Doig

Tester's notes

• Can’t work out why, but I’m struggling slightly to find an ideal driving position. I’m either too close, too far away or the wheel is in the wrong place.

 I’ve only tried it briefly, but I prefer the steering when the ‘Sport’ button is pressed. It makes the car feel slightly more direct.

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: 48.1mpg

CO2: 125g/km

27 March 2020

Vauxhall Corsa 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.

Vauxhall Corsa 2020We’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!
Euan Doig

The stats

Vauxhall Corsa

P11D: £19,600

Official combined mpg: 52.3mpg

Our combined mpg: n/a mpg

CO2: 125g/km