New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - Glasgow Mag
Thinking of going for a new Corsa, the deal on odffer is too good to turn down. Only thing is - do I go for thr 1.0 or 1.2?

As an inexperienced driver, can anyone list the pros and cons of each engine?

Cheers.
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - DavidHM
They're the same engine, in different sizes.

Insurance will be slightly lower on the 1.0 (group 2 vs group 1), although they both come with free insurance. With a year's no claims, the difference is likely to be something like £60.

The 1.0 is cheaper to buy and more economical (50 vs 44 mpg, theoretically, although I reckon you'd have to work the 1.0 harder and lose some of that advantage). Parts and servicing costs will be near identical.

Personally I would say that the 1.0 risks being underpowered for anything other than the short suburban journeys on quiet roads and would go for the 1.2 - but then my first car was a 1.7 with 92 bhp in a car that, though bigger than a new Corsa, weighed about the same.

If you're not at all bothered by performance, get the 1.0, otherwise think very hard about the 1.2.
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - bazza
Agree, go for the 1.2 if you can. The extra few bhp will make it a more enjoyable drive with no serious drawbacks. I think they're both chain cam Suzuki engines, if I recall.
Baz
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - daveyjp
If its the three cylinder version get out on a good long test drive in both - at least a couple of hours over varied roads. I had a 1.2 12v as a courtesy car and it was useless, to the point of giving me no confidence that I would ever be able to overtake a slower vehicle on a single carriageway. I had a diesel Fiesta at the time so its not as though I was comparing it to a supercar!
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - Focus {P}
I had a 1.2 12v as
a courtesy car and it was useless


On the other hand, I had a 1.0 12v courtesy car, and was pleasantly surprised. OK it was replacing a 1.0 Micra (which needed a new engine as it turned out), but my other car is a 2.0 Accord. Haven't driven a 1.2 Corsa.

As already suggested, best to go for a decent test drive.

John
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - Canon Fodder

Hi Mag,

I had a 1.0 corsa as a hire for 2 weeks / 1500 miles ealier this year and I'd make the following observations;

The engine was a peach, very quiet and very, very smooth, but the car was definitly underpowewred for motorway work. With 2 up it really stuggled up any sort of incline and even on the level once you were over 65mph there was zero usable acceleration.

Another point, which I touched on in an earlier post, was that the combination of a very basic seat, and a skewed seat/wheel/pedal alignment created, for me, serious backache after about 45 minutes.

CF
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - Focus {P}
but the car was definitly underpowewred for motorway work.
once you were over 65mph there was zero usable acceleration.


Good point- in my short time with my 1.0 courtesy Corsa I never took it on the motorway or added a passenger.

John
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - Maz
Just so you know, a new facelifted Corsa (see this months Car magazine) is on the way, so if you can hold on a couple of months, it'll probably get better still.
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - Dynamic Dave
I must admit that the 3 cylinder engine has a unique sound all of it's own. I think that the only thing that closely resembles that sound is a Singer sewing machine. I've never heard an engine whirr so much as the one in the Corsa.
New Corsa engine size - 1.0 or 1.2? - Glasgow Mag
Thanks for the advice. I am going to go for the 1.2L engine, hope to be able to confirm it by the end of the day.

 

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