Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019) Review
Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019) At A Glance
Much improved over previous Corsa, better quality interior with a more upmarket feel, impressive for around town.
Baffling number of different trim levels, steering is slow and lacks feel, other hatchbacks are more enjoyable to drive.
The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the best-selling hatchbacks going, with sales figures helped along by its popularity with company car fleets. The 2014 Corsa gave us more of the same with a car that came in a multitude of trims with a wide variety of engines on offer to suit all pockets. You also have a choice of three- and five-door body styles, as well as the VXR hot hatch model, so there’s plenty to choose from. Where this Corsa falls down is several of its hugely talented rivals do most or all of what the Vauxhall manages with more panache.
If this Corsa has more than a hint of the old one in the design then that's because it's not actually 'all-new'. In fact it's a very heavily revised version of its predecessor with a new look, a redesigned interior plus an overhauled chassis and suspension set-up.
That said, while the profile looks very similar, this Corsa has more to it design-wise than its rather bland predecessor. The front end apes the Vauxhall Adam while the rear follows the design of the Astra. But it's inside where you find the biggest changes.
The latest Corsa has a far better interior than before. Gone are the scratchy plastics and dated layout, replaced by a cabin similar to the Adam. That means more panache and style plus a big leap in quality. The plastics used are far superior and touches like the soft touch dash top and glossy trim make it feel more upmarket. Standard equipment on all models now also includes a heated windscreen.
As before it's reasonably spacious for a small hatchback while refinement has notably improved, especially at motorway speeds where there's less road and engine noise.
And when it comes to engines, there are again some considerable improvements. The new 1.0 Ecotec petrol is the pick of the range. It may be a small three-cylinder engine, but thanks to the fact it's turbocharged it provides perky performance with good refinement.
Two versions are available - a 90PS model and one with 115PS - and both are economical with the former averaging a claimed 65.7mpg in the three-door model. Under the skin there have been big changes with a reworked and stiffer chassis plus all-new suspension which has been tuned specifically for UK roads. It also has a lower centre of gravity.
These changes certainly improve the refinement of the Corsa and it rides very well for a small car, feeling stable and comfortable even at higher speeds. Unfortunately the new electric power steering is overly light and feels vague in corners. As a result the Corsa isn't much fun to drive, but it's ideal in town and easy to park.
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On the inside of an Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019)
Getting in and out of the three-door Vauxhall Corsa can be a pain in tightly packed parking spaces due to the length of its doors. So, if you spend a lot of time in the city or supermarket, the five-door is the better bet.
Space for the driver is identical however many doors the Corsa has. It’s one of the most generous superminis in the sector, so you get loads of room for head, legs and shoulders. The driving position is good and visibility all round is adequate, but the thick front pillars aren't ideal at busy junctions.
When it comes to carrying luggage, the Corsa makes a good fist of it thanks a 285-litre boot with the rear seats in place.
If you need to carry more than one adult on a regular basis, it would be a wise decision to choose the five-door version of the Corsa.
It’s not quite up to the standards set by the Volkswagen Polo, but you won’t have much to complain about thanks to the thickly padded soft-touch surfaces used for the dash-top and upper door trims.
Look and feel further down and you soon discover hard, easily scratched plastics. This is where the Corsa loses out to the Polo, but it’s no worse than you would find in a Ford Fiesta’s interior and the Vauxhall seems to be well put together, so don’t expect many creaks or rattles.
Avoid the most basic versions of the Vauxhall Corsa and you will enjoy the IntelliLink infotainment system with its 7-inch touchscreen. It’s integrated into the dash rather than sitting proud like an iPad that is the current fashion. No matter, the display is easy to read and clear in the way it presents its information.
Linking your smartphone to the IntelliLink set-up is easy and you can stream music using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There’s also Bluetooth for hands-free calls, but we have found the onscreen icons with this infotainment system can be slow to react to your inputs.
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Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019) Value
Prices start at around £3000 for a 2014 car with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine in Excite trim. We’d choose this engine over the 1.2 and 1.4-litre non-turbo petrol motors as they don’t feel nearly as peppy as the 1.0-litre turbocharged unit. We’d also avoid the 150PS 1.4 Turbo for its increased running costs unless you really want a warm-ish hatch.
However, you will find the 1.4 non-turbo engine in large numbers when looking for a used Corsa. Search out a five-year old version with 50,000 miles on the dial in SRi trim and you’ll pay from around £5500.
Should you want a diesel-powered Corsa, a three-year old model with a reasonable 50,000 miles under its wheels will set you back from £6000. This will get you a Design trim version with three- or five-doors with the 1.3 CTDi engine and capable of a claimed 72.4mpg combined consumption.
If you want something newer, a 2017 Corsa with around 25,000 miles is yours for £6000. Or, you could go for something from the tail end of this generation’s production life for around £10,000 from a franchised dealer with less than 3000 miles on the clock.
The most frugal Vauxhall Corsa is the 95PS 1.3 CDTi turbodiesel that claims a combined consumption of 87.8mpg. Real MPG numbers show this at an average of 63.9mpg. If you want a petrol engine, the 90PS 1.0 Ecotec turbocharged three-cylinder motor has a claimed economy of up to 65.7mpg and Real MPG combined 48.3mpg.
Engine and trim choice have a big bearing on insurance premiums. Choose the basic Life 1.2-litre petrol version and it falls in the group 2, so insurance is cheaper for young drivers. At the other end of the scale, the GSI model with its 150PS turbocharged 1.4-litre engine sits in group 20. A 1.0 Ecotec in Excite trim attracts a group 10 rating.
Later Corsa registered from 1 April 2017 will now pay a flat fee of £150 per year for their road tax. Cars registered before that date have their Vehicle Excise Duty determined by their carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, several Corsas enjoy free road tax thanks to their sub-100g/km emissions with the 1.3-litre turbodiesel engine. Next best is the 90PS 1.0 Ecotec turbo petrol in Band B with a £20 per year tax.
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Driving Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019)
You cannot accuse Vauxhall of lacking effort when it came to sorting out how this generation of Corsa drives. There was an all-new front suspension, stiffer body shell to make it safe and quicker to respond to driver inputs, and the car’s weight was moved lower down to help with handling.
The Vauxhall Corsa is just as happy around town where the steering is light, with a tight turning circle that makes it a doddle to park in compact spaces.
There’s not much steering feel, but there’s nothing wrong with the way the Corsa handles, however, and there is plenty of grip to make sure you have something in reserve if you need to avoid a hazard mid-corner. If only the same were true of the ride quality, which feels like it has nothing more to offer than jitters and bumps.
1.2-litre turbocharged Ecotec three-cylinder unit in 90- or 115PS forms. It’s refined and punchy. There’s also a 1.4 Turbo petrol with 100- or 150PS, the latter reserved for the warm hatch GSi model.
If it's outright economy you're after, the 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex diesel is the engine to go for. In its most frugal guise, it had a claimed 88.3mpg with carbon dioxide emissions of just 85g/km. It's perfect if you spend a lot of time on the motorway but we'd suggest sticking with a petrol if you're covering short distances.
The Vauxhall Corsa covers the basics with twin front, side and curtain airbags as standard. It also comes with ESP traction and stability control, and ABS anti-lock brakes.
Every version of this generation of Corsa also has three-point seat belts for all five occupants and headrests for them too. The two outer rear seats have Isofix child seat mounts.
Also included with all trim levels is a tyre pressure monitoring system and Hill Start Assist to prevent the car from rolling backwards as you go to pull away on an incline.
However, the Corsa only scored a four-star rating from Euro NCAP in crash tests, which was a bit disappointing at the car’s launch in 2014.
|1.0T 115||57–59 mpg||10.3 s||112–117 g/km|
|1.0T 90||61–66 mpg||11.9 s||100–106 g/km|
|1.2 70||52–53 mpg||16.0 s||120–126 g/km|
|1.3 CDTi 75||72–74 mpg||14.8 s||99–100 g/km|
|1.3 CDTi 75 ecoFLEX||72–79 mpg||14.8 s||99–100 g/km|
|1.3 CDTi 95||79 mpg||11.9 s||87 g/km|
|1.3 CDTi 95 ecoFLEX||79–88 mpg||11.9 s||85–89 g/km|
|1.3 CDTi 95 ecoFLEX Automatic||83 mpg||13.5 s||84–85 g/km|
|1.3CDTi 75 ecoFLEX||76 mpg||14.8 s||99 g/km|
|1.4 75||48–55 mpg||13.9–15.5 s||118–140 g/km|
|1.4 90||43–55 mpg||13.2–13.9 s||119–149 g/km|
|1.4 90 Automatic||43–60 mpg||13.9 s||110–149 g/km|
|1.4T 100||50–55 mpg||11.0–13.2 s||119–128 g/km|
|1.4T 150||47–50 mpg||8.9 s||132–139 g/km|
|VXR||38 mpg||11.0 s||174 g/km|
Vauxhall Corsa (2014 – 2019) Models and Specs
Vauxhall slimmed down the trim line-up from 10 to nine versions. We’d avoid the sparsely fitted out Life, Sting and Sting R models. Instead, pick the Excite to get standard air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, height adjustable driver’s seat, and heated seats and steering wheel. This trim also comes with the IntelliLink infotainment with 7-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB port.
The Design adds cruise control, while the SRi has sports front seats. Take the Sri VX Line and you get a sport body kit and sports suspension with lowered suspension, while the GSI has this plus a more powerful engine.
The full-on VXR hot hatch has a unique specification that includes Recaro front seats, limited slip front differential and uprated Brembo brakes. For a more luxurious slant, the SE has automatic wipers and headlights, electrically adjusted door mirrors, leather-covered steering wheel, heated seats, and all-round parking sensors.
|Kerb Weight||1120–1709 kg|
|Boot Space||280–1120 L|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Road Tax Bands||A–H|
|Official MPG||37.7–88.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until June 2020
On sale until September 2018
On sale until October 2017
|1.0T 115 Sting ecoFLEX Start+Stop 3dr||£10,825||57.6 mpg||10.3 s|
|1.0T 115 Sting ecoFLEX Start+Stop 5dr||£11,425||57.6 mpg||10.3 s|
|1.0T 90ps Design ecoFLEX 3dr||£13,610||62.8 mpg||11.9 s|
|1.2 70ps Design 3dr||£11,235||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Design 5dr||£11,835||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Energy 3dr||£12,300||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Energy 5dr||£12,900||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Life 3dr||£11,080||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Life 5dr||£11,680||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Limited Edition 3dr||£14,115||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Limited Edition 5dr||£14,715||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps SE 3dr||£12,800||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps SE 5dr||£13,400||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps SRi 3dr||£11,905||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps SRi 5dr||£12,505||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps SRi Vx-Line 3dr||£12,940||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps SRi Vx-Line 5dr||£13,540||52.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Sting 3dr||£9,305||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.2 70ps Sting 5dr||£9,995||53.3 mpg||16.0 s|
|1.3CDTi 75 SRi Vx-Line ecoFLEX 3dr||£15,735||76.3 mpg||14.8 s|
|1.3CDTi 75ps Life ecoFLEX Start+Stop 3dr||£13,330||74.3 mpg||14.8 s|
|1.3CDTi 75ps Life ecoFLEX Start+Stop 5dr||£13,930||74.3 mpg||14.8 s|
|1.3CDTi 75ps SE ecoFLEX 3dr||£15,595||78.5 mpg||14.8 s|
|1.3CDTi 75ps SRi ecoFLEX 3dr||£14,700||78.5 mpg||14.8 s|
|1.4 90ps Life 3dr||£11,425||54.3 mpg||13.2 s|
|1.4 90ps Life 5dr||£12,025||54.3 mpg||13.2 s|
|1.4 90ps Sting ecoFLEX 5dr||£10,340||55.4 mpg||13.2 s|
On sale until October 2015
On sale until August 2015
On sale until March 2015
|Sting 1.0i 115 Direct Injection Turbo Start/Stop ecoFLEX 3dr||£10,825||57.6 mpg||10.3 s|
|Sting 1.0i 115 Direct Injection Turbo Start/Stop ecoFLEX 5dr||£11,425||57.6 mpg||10.3 s|
On sale until October 2014
|Sting 1.0i 115 Direct Injection Turbo Start/Stop ecoFLEX 3dr||£10,825||57.6 mpg||10.3 s|
|Sting 1.0i 115 Direct Injection Turbo Start/Stop ecoFLEX 5dr||£11,425||57.6 mpg||10.3 s|
- Rides well and quiet at motorway speeds.
- Easy to drive in town and simple to park thanks to light steering.
- Heated windscreen standard on all models.
- 4 Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating. 79% adult protection; 77% child protection; 71% pedestrian protection; 56% safety assist.
Roomy cabin and big boot make Corsa practical, and there are loads of trim choices.
- Not an all-new car more a thorough revamp of the old model.
- Steering isn't very sharp and the handling is no fun.
- Sheer number of different trim levels is baffling.
- Lifeless steering lets the drive down and basic trims are mean with standard kit.
What to watch out for
2-7-2017: Report of clutch failing on 2015 Vauxhall Corsa 1.2SXi at 10,250 miles.
21-9-2017: Report of vibration from doors, dashboard and hatchback of pre-registered Vauxhall Corsa bought in June 2017. Has been in for repair 3 times where the doors have been packed then both doors replaced and the dash taken off. The dealer stated they would replace the car if he wasnt happy with it. These vibrations were still there after the works carried out. Owner then told its a characteristic. Dealer then emailed to state it would not replace the car under rejection and neither would Vauxhall support it.
20-2-2018: Report of timing chain of 2015 Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI failing at 60,000 miles. But car was a used buy so no record of how it had been maintained.
7-9-2018: Report of repeated fault with engines in 25,000 mile March 2016 Vauxhall Corsa 1.0T, thought to be LSPI (Low Speed Pre-Ignition Detonation). Since February 2016 Vauxhall dealer has: Replaced spark plugs and leads - Fault returned; Stripped engine, replaced pistons, conrods and bearings - Fault returned, engine failed; Replaced engine - (Vauxhall Exchange Engine). This engine failed before it left the workshop. Stripped the replacement engine reported back to Vauxhall and is now fitting a second replacement engine. Owner thinks that the Exchange engines are re-conditioned, not new, are already faulty and may have damage in the actual block. He thinks that after suffering LSPI the block may have stress fractures that are not detected or repaired and only the internal components are replaced. This may be the reason the 1st replacement engine failed before leaving the workshop.
8-10-2018: Report of driver's information screen of new 2018 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 Turbo randomly going blank. This displays individual pressures of each of the four wheels and autumn condensation might be affecting the TPMS and hence the info screen.
5-1-2019: Report of 2014 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 torque converter automatic randomly going into limp mode (yellow symbol appear on dash of car with spanner in) and hardly move. Car regularly driven about town. If driver turned the engine off then restarted the fault would clear and the car drove normally. Owner took it twice to supplying Vauxhall dealer but diagnostic tests couldn’t find a stored fault. They replaced an ignition coil and a spark plug. The fault continues to happen intermittently (weeks in between or once 3 times in 1 day). Vauxhall dealer recommended an independent member of http://www.fer.co.uk /
6-2-2019: Report of repeated failures of coil packs on a 2015 Vauxhall Corsa 'Limited Edition'. First coil pack failed in 2017. Coil pack failed again in January 2019. Dearer wants to charge £250 to replace the coil packs.
Recall R/2016/292 13-2-2017 Vauxhall Corsa E STEERING RACK MAY FRACTURE Due to a manufacturing process deviation, the toothed rack of the steering gear might break under extensive force application i.e. when manoeuvring at slow speed. Fix: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected and check the build date of the steering rack. Where the steering rack is proved to be from the affected batch, the steering rack will be replaced. VINS: F6011081 to F6011081; F6009505 to F6030604; E4328115 to E4341162; F4035887 to F4065026. Build Dates: 18-10-2014 to 28-1-2015.
- July 2014: Vauxhall reveals fourth generation Corsa
- October 2014: Prices for Corsa revealed
- March 2016
- June 2018: Corsa range updated
- July 2018: Corsa GSi launched
Vauxhall reveals fourth generation Corsa
Almost every element of the Corsa’s generous cabin is completely new, including a completely re-designed instrument panel and dashboard, and greatly improved levels of functionality.
Under the bonnet, new engines and transmissions will be available from launch. A 1.0-litre, three-cylinder ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo is available, while there's a much-improved 1.3 CDTi.
A completely re-designed chassis underpins the new Corsa, with no carry-over components from the current model and all-new suspension components.
The new car has a lower centre of gravity, aiding stability and roll characteristics, while a reinforced, stiffer front sub-frame and new front suspension geometry is designed to give more taut and precise handling.
New speed-sensitive electric power steering – which incorporates a City mode for low-speed manoeuvring and parking – receives a specific UK setting. Improvements have also been made to damper characteristics, for both Comfort and Sport set ups. The new car’s rear suspension has also been re-tuned to allow better straight-line and cornering stability.
New engines include the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo petrol. It is available with either 90PS or 115PS, each of which has 170Nm of torque from 1,800rpm. A new version of Vauxhall’s 1.4 turbo engine is also available. Designed for maximum fuel efficiency, but with strong mid-range performance, the new unit produces 100PS and 200Nm of torque. Two naturally-aspirated petrol engines – a 1.2- and a 1.4-litre – have been revised. Significant improvements to the current Corsa’s 1.3 CDTi diesel engine have been made to bring it up to Euro 6 emissions standards for the new model.
Two new six-speed gearboxes – a manual and an automatic – are available with improved shift quality and providing greater overall efficiency.
While the basic dimensions of the New Corsa’s cabin remain largely the same, almost everything that sits in it has been re-designed. There's a new control centre in the newly-designed instrument panel, which is themed around horizontal lines.
The Corsa E is available with heated front seats, steering wheel and windscreen, as well as soft-tone ambient lighting and a full-size panoramic roof, taking the car’s equipment levels into the premium segment of its class.
Prices for Corsa revealed
Prices for the Vauxhall Corsa E start at £8995 for the Sting 1.2i three-door. The five-door model costs £9595. Buyers opting for a Corsa SRi Vx Line 1.2i with air con, the entry-level SRi Vx Line car, save £2,970 versus the outgoing SRi 1.4 with air con model.
Vauxhall Corsa Red comes with 1.4T engine developing 150PS and 220Nm torque at 2,750rpm. Priced at £17,125.
Corsa range updated
With a simplified model range, Vauxhall has updated its top-selling Corsa range, with highlights including new Euro 6.2 compliant engines, new trims and integrated sat nav as standard on up-level models.
The new Corsa range is available in seven different trim levels, with prices starting from just £11,250 on-the-road for the entry-level Active model. Customers can also choose from Design, Energy, Sport, SRi Nav, SE Nav and SRi VX Nav Black models.
Available in three or five door variants, the range introduces the new chain cam 1.4-litre Euro 6.2 compliant petrol engines. Paired with either a five or six speed manual, or automatic transmission, the new engines can achieve up to 50.4mpg and CO 2 emissions as low as 128g/km.
The new Corsa range also now has more tech as standard on selected trims. The refreshed Corsa introduces air conditioning as standard starting from the Design trim, and Navi 4.0 IntelliLink touchscreen navigation and infotainment system on all models from the SRi Nav trim.
Vauxhall has also introduced the new Lux pack, which is available for customers choosing the SE Nav trim. For just an additional £1550, customers can add extras including 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, rear view camera, tinted rear windows, single zone climate control and more.
Corsa GSi launched
Arriving in showrooms in September 2018, Vauxhall’s Corsa GSi is priced from £18,995 on-the-road.
Standard specification includes 17-inch bi-colour cut alloy wheels, GSi rear roof spoiler, sports front grille, GSi air dam/bumper and side sills. The GSi also gets dark tinted rear windows, carbon effect exterior mirrors and grille bar, and LED daytime running lights. Inside, sports-style front seats, a leather-covered flat-bottom steering wheel and Navi R4.0 IntelliLink infotainment, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, complete the package.
Priced at £1900, the GSi Plus Pack, consisting of 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, Recaro leather seats and bi-xenon headlights with cornering light, is also available.
Built on a Corsa VXR chassis, the new GSi is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine with 150PS and 220Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes just 8.9 seconds. An ample 220Nm of torque between 2,750 to 4,500rpm, allied to a short-ratio six-speed gearbox, also helps the GSi accelerate from 50-70mph in fifth gear in just 9.9 seconds.