Vauxhall Corsa (2006 - 2014)

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reviewed by Anonymous on 7 June 2019
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reviewed by Roy Fuller on 8 September 2018
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reviewed by Bryan Davis on 7 August 2018
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reviewed by Jonathan Pickard on 13 June 2018
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reviewed by Alan Bradshaw on 9 May 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 28 April 2018
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reviewed by Bernie Carey on 7 March 2018
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reviewed by Caravan man on 8 September 2017
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reviewed by ADRIAN KUCHARSKI on 26 July 2017
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reviewed by Anonymous on 20 March 2017
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SXi 1.2i 16v 5dr Hatchback

reviewed by Papabless on 31 January 2017
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Overall rating
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
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Cost of maintenance and repairs
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How practical it is
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How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

Definitive A to B car

If you are a driver that climbs into a car for raw thrills, then the Corsa is not for you. Almost everything on the car has been designed in the name of sensibleness, and with the aim of appealing to almost everyone. By doing that however, it ends up pulling the heart of nobody.

The SXI styling is nice. My car comes with the factory-spec smoked tail lights, and tinted windows. The 16' wheels and chrome exhaust are also nice touches, and spices up an otherwise objectively dull looking car.

The interior is a very nice place to be for a supermini, even in the modern times. It doesn't have the same technology crammed inside as a new car obviously, but everything is well screwed, there is plenty of soft-touch materials, and every button is where you expect it to be - especially if you've driven a Vauxhall before. Rear seat room isn't bad at all, but obviously you wouldn't want to be going cross-country in the back. The boot is OK, but rather lacks any clever tricks to further improve its usability, such as grappling hooks.

The engine is by far the weakest link of this car. The 1.2l unit is underpowered for a car this size, meaning you have to work it quite hard to get moving. I've had countless situations where I pull out of a junction in second gear in a rolling affair, put my foot down, and have literally zero power until about 2000rpm or so. It feels like turbo lag, but in reality it's just the torque-less nature of the engine. It makes you very vulnerable at times.

Vauxhall obviously knew this, so they counterbalanced the lack of power by fitting incredibly short ratios. So short, in fact, that you can cruise in top gear at just 20mph. What that also means is the engine is 'cruising' at 4000rpm on the motorway. Not suitable. Combine this with the amount you have to whip the engine to make the car move, and it becomes all too easy to make your MPG tumble. Behave, and you'll see about 35-40 in town, and 40-45 on the motorway, depending on speed and traffic, of course. I've gone as low as 30 and as high as 49MPG before. It's also worth mentioning this car has exceptional road manners. While it may be slow, it rides nicely, and doesn't feel unsettled by high speeds or crosswinds. It does drive like a car a class above, in all fairness. The car has also yet to fail an MOT.

As a city runabout, it's good. Expect nothing more than that, and you'll have a good time with it.

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reviewed by Red_Alert on 10 December 2015
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reviewed by corsa daz on 23 September 2015
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reviewed by ED731PDH on 29 March 2015
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reviewed by Anonymous on 17 January 2015
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reviewed by perkypigs on 29 June 2014
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reviewed by Ians1386 on 8 June 2014
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reviewed by Frank Poncherello on 27 January 2014
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reviewed by German Mick on 23 January 2014
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reviewed by Skimbleshanks on 29 October 2013
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reviewed by VW & Seat owner on 12 October 2010
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reviewed by David Hartford on 24 August 2010

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Price£8,695–£22,400
Road TaxA–J
MPG35.8–85.6 mpg
Real MPG81.8%

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