Vauxhall Corsa (2006–2014)

Model History

July 2006

Vauxhall Corsa launched

New bigger Corsa on platform shared with Fiat Grande Punto. 3,990mm long x 1,710mm wide x 1,490mm high.

14" wheels with 175/65 R14 tyres.

15" wheels with 185/55 R15 tyres.

16" wheels with 195/45 R16 tyres.

Style touches include translucent control knobs and switches, which illuminate with the headlamps to make them easier to find when driving in the dark. Infotainment system includes MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Active safety features include Enhanced Understeer Control (EUC).

First car in class to have variable progressive sports power steering, which is designed to offer greater levels of feedback on the open road, but lightens up when used in congested urban areas. Lowered sports chassis with 17-inch alloy wheels available. Five engines at launch. Petrol choice of 1.0, 1.2 and 1.4-litres, GM/Fiat 1.3-litre CDTi, all chain-cam, while flagship diesel is all-new 125PS 1.7-litre GM CDTi.

From £7,495 (same as Grande Punto). However, 1.2 starts at £8,795 and 1.3 CDTI diesel at £9,695. Unique and clever bike rack accessory sildes under boot floot when not in use.

March 2007

Corsa VXR goes on sale

Lightweight turbo 1.6-litre engine producing 192PS and more than 260Nm. Top speed of 140mph and 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds. Specially-tuned ESP system, along with uprated brakes and suspension and variably-assisted power steering, which alters the weight and feel of the wheel depending on the way in which the car is driven. Combined fuel economy figure 35.8mpg.

June 2007

SRi models go on sale

New 150PS turbo 1.6-litre engine or 125PS 1.7 diesel. Three or five doors. Petrol versions are powered by detuned 150PS version of the turbocharged engine found in Corsa VXR, taking the SRi from 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph. Available with three or five doors, from £13,625.

May 2009

Corsa 1.3 CDTI 75PS ecoFLEX announced

CO2 of 105g/km and theoretical economy of 70.6mpg combined. Shorter second-gear ratio improves the Corsa ecoFLEX’s driveability around town, while the engine’s 170Nm of torque from just 1750rpm allows it to pull a taller fourth and fifth-gear ratio.

Aerodynamics enhanced by lowering ride height by 20mm and optimising airflow through its front air intakes. Complementing these changes are narrower (175/70 instead of 185/70) low-rolling resistance tyres, fitted to lighter 14-inch steel wheels with new wheel trims – part of a weight-saving package that cuts the Corsa ecoFLEX’s kerbweight by 45 kilogrammes. Available in Life and Club trims, the Corsa ecoFLEX starts at £11,295.

October 2009

New Corsa ecoFLEX launched

To go on sale in January 2010, with CO2 emissions of just 98g/km and combined fuel consumption of 76.3mpg. Even with five-doors, the Corsa ecoFLEX achieves 99g/km and, like the three-door, is equipped with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard.

Despite the improvement in fuel consumption and emissions, the ecoFLEX packs 21 per cent more power from its 1.3 CDTi turbodiesel engine, its output rising from 75 to 95PS. Torque is also up by 20Nm to 190Nm available at just 1750rpm.

As a result, the Corsa ecoFLEX’s performance is enhanced, despite using taller gearing. It will now accelerate from 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 110mph. The new ecoFLEX also benefits from a 20mm lower ride height than standard and in Life trim gets 175/70 low-rolling resistance tyres on 14-inch steel rims (Club models get 15-inch steel rims with alloys as an option) and aero-optimised wheel trims. The Corsa ecoFLEX is available in Life and Club trim only.

November 2009

Engine updates for Corsa

1.0-litre now produces 65PS (up 5PS), yet emits just 117g of CO2, dropping it two VED bands.

The Corsa’s 85PS 1.2-litre petrol has also dropped a VED band and gained 5PS in power, while the 1.4-litre – which now produces 100PS, up 10PS over the current model – has dropped two bands and sips just 51.4mpg, up from 46.3mpg for the existing model.

Reinforcing the 98g ecoFLEX model in the Corsa’s diesel range is a 75PS version of the same 1.3 CDTi, emitting 114g/km, and a more powerful 1.7 CDTi which now produces 130PS, yet drops 12g/km in CO2 emissions. A new eco gearshift indicator housed within the instrument cluster is available on most models in the range.

Complementing this are revised damper settings all round, an optional re-tuned ESP system and enhanced steering geometry, ensuring that the revised Corsa is as pleasurable to drive as it is economical to own.

The SE, SXi and SRi now get cruise control and an on-board computer at no extra charge, while the SRi – which now starts at a lower price point – also gets revised suspension settings, air conditioning, 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a VXR styling kit included in its price.

July 2010

Corsa ecoFLEX gets start/stop technology

The new Euro 5-compliant 1.3 CDTi (75PS) models achieve 70.6mpg – a near 5mpg, or more than 7 per cent improvement - on the combined cycle.

Compared with the outgoing Euro 4, 1.3 CDTi (75PS) engine, the addition of Start/Stop technology and Euro 5 emissions compliance has brought a 9g/km reduction in emissions, down to 105g, as well as a 20Nm increase in torque to 190Nm. All Start/Stop cars are also fitted with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), which traps harmful particulates.

Drivers who use their cars frequently in town driving, where the Corsa’s Start/Stop function will come in to its own, will see the biggest gains in fuel consumption. With an official urban mpg figure of 58.9mpg, the Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi (75PS) Start/Stop is more than 12.5 per cent more economical than the outgoing Euro 4 car without the new technology.

November 2010

Corsa facelifted

The Corsa has now adopted many of the styling cues from other recently launched Vauxhalls, such as the Insignia, Astra and Meriva.

The Corsa features a signature chrome bar, carrying the new Griffin badge, stretching across the front grille, while a re-styled front bumper with a more prominent, wider lower grille gives the Corsa a smiling appearance. Complementing the Corsa's fresh look are five new exterior colours in the range. Lime Green pearlescent and Chilli Orange metallic enhance the car's new look, with Guacamole - a solid hue - completing the pallet of all-new Vauxhall colours. Sunny Melon (a bright yellow) makes a welcome return to the Corsa range, while Pepperdust metallic is carried across from the new Meriva range.

Vibrant new colours also dominate the Corsa's cabin, with seat trims such as Steel Blue and Tabasco Orange brightening the interior, accompanied by a range of different coloured door trims, centre consoles, air vent rings and door handles.

Also inside, is Vauxhall's new optional Touch & Connect multi-media system, which replaces the existing CD60 unit. Touch & Connect uses a five-inch touch screen display featuring both 2D and 3D maps for the navigation system, as well as a CD/tuner, aux-in, USB and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity.

Outside, the new Corsa benefits from new 16-inch alloy wheels on both SE and SXi models, while the 192PS VXR receives the option of a new 18-inch alloy wheel, modelled on the design of the optional 20-inch wheel worn by the Insignia VXR.

Vauxhall's engineers also made important revisions to the car's steering and suspension set-ups. Softer springs were employed in the front suspension, mated to an anti-roll bar with new bushes and an increased diameter, improving ride and control characteristics.

Complementing this were revised damper settings all round, an optional re-tuned ESP system and enhanced steering geometry.

Vauxhall Corsa D 1.4 Z14XEP 16v engine from 2010 to 2014 is the same as the Astra's with a timing chain.

January 2011

Corsa VXR Blue Edition introduced

This features new styling details, additional kit as standard and a blue paintjob

At £19,425 the Corsa VXR Blue undercuts competitors like the Citroen DS3 R and the Mini Cooper Works by up to £3,600. Included in its price, this limited edition model features Arden Blue metallic paint, 18-inch alloys, dark-tinted glass, bespoke interior air vents and Recaro seats – that equates to a £445 saving compared with the cost of speccing a ‘standard’ Corsa VXR with this kit.

Like other models in the new-look Corsa range, the VXR and VXR Blue sport new ‘Eagle-Eye’ headlamps and a signature bar across the grille, coloured in blue. But in addition, the VXR gets a more aggressive front end, with deep in-set fog lamps, a wider and more prominent grille and a low, sculpted front spoiler to boost its sporting appeal. Inside, blue detailing can be found throughout, including the stitching on the leather steering-wheel, the interior air-vent colour and the trim on the Recaro seats.

Powered by the lightweight 1.6 Turbo, producing 192PS, this VXR boasts a 0-60mph time of just 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. An overboost feature increases maximum torque to 260+Nm when the power is needed.

The Corsa VXR Blue comes with lowered sports suspension, uprated brakes and switchable Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), guaranteeing enthusiastic drivers a fine mix of dynamic security and adjustability. The Corsa VXR Blue will be delivered from February 2011.

June 2012

Limited edition ‘Black Edition’ Corsa unveiled

This adds a new engine to the range, a punchy 1.4 Turbo Start/Stop unit, making it one of the most powerful Corsas on the market.

The new engine produces 120PS and maximum torque of 175Nm starting at 1,750rpm. The latest addition to the Corsa range has a top speed of 121mph and hits 0-60mph in 9.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is 51.4mpg and CO2emissions are as low as 129g/km.

Initially available in a limited production run of 500 units, in both 3- and 5-door body styles, the Black Edition is based on the Corsa Limited Edition and along with the 120PS engine gains a black logo bar and new 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels.

A raft of sporty styling features including body-coloured front lower spoiler, side sills, rear lower skirt and rear spoiler turn the Black Edition into one of the sleekest Corsas yet. Its looks are enhanced still further with front fog lights, dark style headlights and tail lights and dark tinted rear- and rearside windows.

Inside, sports seats, a leather-covered steering wheel, sports pedals, silver interior seat stitching and matt chrome air vent surrounds set the Black Edition apart from all other Corsas. For those who wish to go even further upmarket, there is a broad range of innovative extras not offered by competitors such as the Touch and Connect infotainment system, climate control and adaptive forward lighting. The Corsa Black Edition is on sale now priced at £15,995 for the 3-door and £16,425 for the 5-door model

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

List Price from £16,375
Buy new from £13,771
Contract hire from £132.16 per month