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#96078 - 28th Jan 2005 1:04am Vauxhall: Corsa C
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Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback

Price: 7995 - 11,200
For: The Corsa is a sharp looker next to many rivals, and it feels peppy to drive. It gets better the faster it goes, and is capable on motorways. There's a long list of security kit and a big boot.
Against: The cabin is rather cramped for four passengers and the trim materials are dour to look at. Standard kit is miserly, despite a recent face-lift.

Nippy in and out of town Light to steer around town Noisy at speed, so best in town


New 1.0-, 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol engines have joined the range, using what Vauxhall calls Twinport technology to give excellent fuel economy combined with decent performance. Thanks to their low emissions, they slot into the lowest 15% company car tax band, as does the 1.3 diesel unit.


Light steering makes the Corsa a doddle to park, but it feels numb at speed. There's also lots of body roll in corners, while road surface bumps feel sharp around town. The ride gets better at higher speeds, but it's no match for a Skoda Fabia's.


Various noises disturb occupants, and wind roar increases as speed builds. Even when cruising, engine noise is too apparent. A fair amount of road noise filters into the cabin, too. That said, the Corsa remains on a par with most of its rivals in this respect. The controls operate cleanly, although the gearchange is a little rubbery.

  • Body type:Hatchback
    Number of doors 3
    Number of seats 5
    Engine (cc/type) 1389/4
    Fuel type Unleaded
    Max power (bhp/rpm) 89/6000
    Max torque (lb ft/rpm) 92/4000
    Max speed (mph) 111
    0-60mph (sec)
    30-70mph (sec) 11.1
    In Gears 30 to 50 (sec) no data/no data/no data
    In Gears 50 to 70 (sec) no data/no data/no data
    Braking distance (m) 6.8/59
    Engine position F
    Driven wheels Front
    Length (mm) 3817
    Width (mm) 1646
    Height (mm) 1440
    Front headroom (mm) 982
    Front legroom (mm) no data
    Rear headroom (mm) 1015
    Rear kneeroom (mm) 896
    Boot space (min ltr) 260
    Boot space (max ltr) 1060
    Turning circle (m) 10.05
    Turning circle lock to lock(m) not available
    Towing weight (kg) 1000
    Kerb weight (kg) 1130

Cheap to buy and run but poor residuals The Corsa should last, but with some rattles A good bet to stay where you park it


Given the mean equipment levels, the Corsa appears pricey next to some rivals, although discounts are easy to come by. Residual values are modest, but running costs are low.


Reliability should not be a particular worry for Corsa owners because Vauxhall mechanicals have a reputation for rugged durability. However, the quality of the interior is not up the same standard as the competition, and several examples we have driven have had rattles surprisingly early in their lives.

Safety and Security

The more expensive models in the range come with twin front airbags, but they are an optional extra on lesser models, as are side airbags. Anti-lock brakes are standard on all except entry-level cars. Although deadlocks aren't fitted to all versions as standard, thieves will have a difficult time driving a Corsa away.

  • Urban 28.8
    Extra Urban 49.6
    Combined 39.2
    Tank Capacity 10
    CO2 Rating 168
    Insurance Group 5
    Typical Quote 298
    Retained Value 44.682
    Contract Hire Rate 238
    Cost per mile 31.8
    Service Cost 741
    Servicing 20,000
    Warranty 3yr/60 000 + 6yr Perforation + 3yr Breakdown

Well laid out, but tight for taller drivers Decent boot but cabin cramped for four adults Standard kit is miserly despite recent face-lift
Behind the Wheel

Good rearward visibility makes parking simple, but thick windscreen pillars obscure too much of the road ahead. The driving position is not best suited to taller drivers, while height adjustment for the steering wheel is only an option on most models. However, key controls are close to the driver. Large door bins and a centre cubby aid storage.

Space and Practicality

While rivals have grown inside, the cramped Corsa is little bigger than its predecessor, and is off the pace in this class. It still feels tight when asked to accommodate four adults. The boot is a good size and the rear seats split to give more practicality and capacity. However, they cannot be folded completely flat, which hampers attempts to carry large loads.


Lesser models are poorly equipped with too many of the basic items left on the options list. At least power steering and a three-point centre rear seatbelt are found in every Corsa. However, even top-specification models seem scantily provided for next to their main rivals.

  • Central Locking standard
    Remote Locking standard
    Adjustable Steering Reach not available
    Adjustable Steering Rake standard
    Electric Steering Adjustable not available
    Seat Height Adjustable standard
    Power Seats Adjustable not available
    Air Conditioning standard
    Climate Control price unavailable
    Seat Belt Tensioners standard
    Driver Airbag standard
    Passenger Airbag standard
    Side Airbag 300
    Side Impactbars standard
    Centre 3 Pointbelt standard
    Traction Control not available
    Antilock Brakes standard
    Auto Gearbox not available
    Alloywheels standard
    Deadlocks standard
    Immobiliser standard
    Alarm standard
    Visible Vin standard
    Secure Spare Wheel standard
    Marked Parts standard
    Etched Windows no data
    Satellite Navigation 1100
    Handsfree Phone 236
    Leather Seats 995
    Locking Wheelnuts standard
    Metallic Paint 325
    Split Fold Rear Seats standard
    Electric Front Windows standard
    Electric Mirrors standard
    Heated Mirrors standard
    Manual Sunroof not available
    Electric Sunroof 350
    Cruise Control 100
    Multi CD 400
    Radio no data
    RDS Radio not available
    Unique Fit Radio standard

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#96079 - 28th Jan 2005 2:59am Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 2nd Dec 2003
Posts: 2943
Loc: Wirral
This is a huge improvement from when they were first ever built and i would have one if it was given to me, don't get me wrong i have driven the 03 new Corsa and enjoyed every minute of it power steering etc i think there a great drive TBH

#96080 - 30th Jan 2005 2:54pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 17th May 2004
Posts: 741
Loc: eastham
ilearnt to drive in abrand new corsa and i hated it. it was so uncomfortable . im stickin to my lil old corsa now they are good lil cars! although my mum is gettin a brand new black 1.8 sri corsa so i mite just borrow it for awhile!

#96081 - 30th Jan 2005 3:10pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 12th Jan 2005
Posts: 1312
Loc: Eastham
i'm currently learnin to drive in a 1.2 corsa and i think its a great car to learn in but obviously i havent got anything to compare it to but its a great car and has made me want one (after my metro)

My brother has also got a 1.8 SRI

#96082 - 6th Feb 2005 11:23pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 11th Jul 2004
Posts: 869
Loc: Pensby
gonna b controversial.

the corsa is an ok car. thats it.

as exitin as an evenin with your mums x boyfriend and shares the looks of chowowa after 1 2 many face lifts. it aint bad but defo mr1 corsa 4 me
ve vill not stop untill ve go sidewayz!!!!

Check out My Members Car Profile : Click me watch this space for a bavarian beast!!!!

#96083 - 8th Feb 2005 7:34pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C

I prefare this shape to the old ones. Was never a fan of the old style.

I would have one. Its also what I will be having my driving lessons in smile

#96084 - 9th Feb 2005 1:39am Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 20th May 2004
Posts: 1700
Loc: wirral
do prefer the new shape would def hav one think there a def inprovement to the old shape. alot nippier an the fuel econemy on them are great me an me mate went to shef an bk on 10quid great run around an endless list of parts for modifications

#96085 - 9th Feb 2005 4:47am Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 11th Jul 2004
Posts: 4006
Loc: New Ferry
I have one of these, a 1.2 SXi.
in low revs it has no grunt, its powerless, but as it hits 4000revs it have a surge of power and picks up speed pretty rapid for a 1.2, it hardly ever understeers or oversteers and feels so safe to drive.

just before I bought my first corsa C I went to look at a saxo and the doors where that thin I didnt feel safe in it but the corsa doors are quite thick and it still more spacious inside. Passanger airbag and ABS as standard, safety 1st.

I think the 1.2 SXi is the best car in its class overall, and them 1.8 and 1.7cdti's dont half shift, but they should have done a 2.0L or a turbo version in the 1.8, and challanged the clio sports.

#96086 - 16th May 2005 7:25pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 15th May 2005
Posts: 401
Loc: Little Sutton
i had a 1.4 2004 SRi on the vauxhall scheme for the past 9 months, very nippy, looked very nice, good fuel economy only problem was space inside, felt very cramped after being in other bigger cars

#96087 - 2nd Sep 2005 1:12am Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 31st Aug 2005
Posts: 34
Loc: Cumbria
Two of my mates have a 1.2 SXI and the other has a 1.4 SRI.

The 1.2 SXI is faster... we raced them up a hill ... a good 1/4 mile and the 1.2 won with ease.

I drove the 1.4 SRI afterwards and it was aweful ... no power until around 4500rpm then it kinda gave a small kick then died again ... pathetic. it's not worthy of the mighty griffin badge!!! lol

#96088 - 2nd Sep 2005 2:13pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 11th Jun 2004
Posts: 1142
Loc: The World
My Sisters have two 1.2 sxi's and i have the 1.4 sxi and i think mine is alot quicker.
That extra 10-12 bhp makes the difference.


#96089 - 4th Sep 2005 12:18pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Posts: 7238
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Smaller engines have flatter torque curves if im not mistaken? So they pull easier at low revs uphill.
Wheras big engines have torque curves that need higher revs to pull uphill???

I think thats it anyway. Im not sayin a 1.0 will beat a 2.0 turbo uphill but 1.2-1.4 u may see it happen?

#96090 - 8th Sep 2005 5:37pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 7th Dec 2003
Posts: 5591
Loc: Bebington, Wirral
Vauxhall are so stingey with their add-ons, the Astra 888 was top of the range model, and came with 'electric windows, sunroof, and racing seats'.

I learnt in a Corsa (one a 1.4 and the other a 1.6), I had no problem with them, I really like the look of the old ones, they haven't really aged that badly. New ones look too much like a Baby Focus.

They are bringing out a 1.8 or 2.0 turbo'd one with over 200bhp, (Corsa OPC or something)...
"C20 LET bang"

#96091 - 8th Sep 2005 11:37pm Re: Vauxhall : Corsa C
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Registered: 31st Aug 2005
Posts: 34
Loc: Cumbria
I think thats it anyway. Im not sayin a 1.0 will beat a 2.0 turbo uphill but 1.2-1.4 u may see it happen?
U are joking arent u?

I raced my mates 1.4 SRI Corsa up a 30degree incline (approx 30 degree) ... and i obliterated him ... completely blew him off the road.

The Corsa OPC is a 1.6 16v Turbo (Z16 LET) and will deliver 175bhp. Scramble to 60 in 7secs flat and top around 140mph.


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