Vauxhall Corsa (2006 – 2014) Review

Vauxhall Corsa (2006 – 2014) At A Glance


+Solid and decently equipped. Reasonable handling and some frugal engines.

-Boot too narrow for standard size pushchair. Dash reflects in screen. DPF problems with 1.3 CDTi. ECU faults. Fewer faults than a Polo but not as reliable as a Fiesta.

Insurance Groups are between 1–34
On average it achieves 82% of the official MPG figure

"Cmon!" The new Corsa was pipped at the post by just two points for the coveted title of European Car of The Year 2007.

At the end of the day, though, despite all the hype, the Corsa is just a car. And the winner had the advantage of being a ‘multi-purpose vehicle'. (The Ford S-Max.)

There's no doubt that the new Corsa is well made. It feels strong and solid. The sort of small hatchback the Germans would build in Germany. Though in fact it's assembled in Zaragoza, Northern Spain, a few hundred kilometres from the VW Polo plant at Pamplona to the West and also few hundred from where they put the bitz of the SEAT Ibiza together, at Martorell to the East.

Vauxhall Corsa 2007 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Vauxhall Corsa (2006 – 2014)


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Average performance


Real MPG

24–79 mpg

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Should I swap my Vauxhall Corsa for a Kia Rio?
"I currently have a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa. Although it's a really slow car, I've liked it as it's roomy inside and feels solid and safe. It's just passed its MOT but urgently needs 2 new tyres and, at some point, new brake pads. I had to have the timing chain replaced last year, which wasn't cheap and a few other things - so I was looking at a new car. A few people said to get a Kia and I've seen a 2017 Kia Rio for £8999 - but I don't know if that's a good price/good car. The Kia Sportage looks a good car but I don't really need such a big vehicle and would need to get an older model to afford one. What do you think? Thanks."
The Kia Rio's a good little car. It'll be a bit more spacious than your Corsa and, as you've said, will come with a lengthy amount of warranty remaining (provided it's been serviced correctly). Also consider the very similar Hyundai i20 or, if practicality's important, a Honda Jazz is also a good choice. The Kia Sportage is a great car but, as you say, quite a bit bigger than your Corsa or a Kia Rio. If a slightly bigger crossover vehicle appeals, consider a Suzuki Vitara. It's a bit smaller than a Sportage and will be very reliable and cheap to run.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What is the best car for £2500 or less?
"I'm picking out a car for a friend and would be interested to know what would be a good hatch/saloon for a learner driver at under £2500? Preferably a diesel one as he intends on using it for a long commute."
A Ford Fiesta would be a good choice. The 1.4 TDCi ought to be cheap to run and £2500 will get a 2009 model. I'd want to see evidence of regular servicing. Diesel Fiestas sold from around March 2010 onwards were fitted with diesel particulate filters (DPFs) - resist one of these with low miles and it could prove problematic. Also consider a Vauxhall Corsa.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can an insurer threaten to void a policy for not disclosing a part-time job?
"My son passed his test in July 2017 and he got insurance in his own name with Go Girl (Sabre) at £1550 per year for his 2012 Vauxhal Corsa 1.2. Unfortunately he collided with another car just before Christmas (appears to be a fault claim) and both cars look like being written off. When he phoned Go Girl, they asked him his occupation. On his policy application, he had stated student, but had subsequently taken a gap job in a factory until he enters university. He told them what he was currently doing, and as as result they are threatening to cancel his policy unless he pays them an extra fee. They started at £1100 extra but reduced this to £810 when he tried to describe what he does. I feel they are holding him to ransom in this case. Can we ask the insurance ombudsman to get involved at his point? When he described the damage to the person on the phone the day after the accident the day after they said it would be total loss and refused a courtesy car. Three weeks later and today they phoned with this demand for more money. Can you advise where we stand?"
If your son was travelling to the factory when the accident happened, the insurer could cancel the policy. Your son would also be liable for the claim against him, and would not get paid out for his vehicle as a result of his non-disclosure. The insurer is treating your son a lot more fairly than others. Pay the money, get the claim resolved, then complain. Yes you can get the Financial Ombudsman Service involved at this stage, phone them up.
Answered by Tim Kelly
The gears in my Vauxhall Corsa sometimes won't change - can you help?
"When driving my 2008 Vauxhall Corsa, the gears intermittently lock and I'm unable to change gear (up or down). My gearbox is manual and when the problem last occurred I had to complete my journey in second gear. I tried the gears a couple of days later and they were working perfectly. Can you help?"
It sounds as though you have a problem with the gear linkage, may need adjusting and or replacing.
Answered by Alan Ross

What does a Vauxhall Corsa (2006 – 2014) cost?

Buy new from £14,142 (list price from £16,500)