Have you ever heard of the term “downsizing”? It means replacing the car you have with one from a smaller class, made easier by the increase in size, space and equipment levels that many new small cars offer.
You might, for instance, be interested in trading your old Vauxhall Astra in for a newer Corsaand if you do so, there are plenty of benefits. Expect to see improvements in manoeuvrability, fuel economy and space on your driveway, to name just three. But you’ll also need to know whether the interior or the boot are big enough to carry around your friends, family and belongings.
Thats why weve pulled together all the important dimensions for the Vauxhall Corsa, so you decide whether its big or small enough for you from the comfort of your own home. Read our guide, grab a tape measure and start working out if a Corsas for you.
Both three- and five-door versions of the Corsa are the same length and width, including the door mirrors. However, the five-door model is actually 24mm wider than the three-door if you exclude the door mirrors – put that down to the three-door car’s slightly sportier styling, with flanks that curve around to the rear earlier than those of the practical five-door car.
Length 3,999 mm
Wheelbase 2,511 mm
Height – 1,488 mm
Width (excluding door mirrors) 1,737 mm (five-door) 1,713 (three-door)
Width (including door mirrors) 1,944 mm
The three-door Corsa is only a four-seater because of that tapering body style, but the five-door variant approximates a true five-seater with a surprising amount of room in the back for adult passengers. The trade-off though, is quite a shallow boot in both models.
Length of load compartment with folded rear seats 1,348mm
Load compartment width 944mm
Load compartment height 538mm
Load compartment floor length 703mm
At 285 Litres, the Corsas luggage capacity with the rear seats up isnt exactly cavernous, but this is the sort of area you expect to be a compromise when buying a car in the compact segment.
Boot space (with rear seats up) – 285 Litres
Boot space(with rear seats down) – 1,100 Litres
Width of boot opening at bottom 840mm
Height of boot opening measured from floor – 700mm
Length of boot floor with back seats up – 607mm
Length of boot floor with back seats down – 1384mm
Width of boot floor at narrowest point – 968mm
The Corsa is renowned for being small, nippy and agile, but its always nice to have an idea of how much space you need to be able to turn around or how well it compares to competitors when it comes to parking. A turning circle of around ten metres is par for the class – though do bear in mind that sportier cars on wider alloy wheels have less steering lock, and thereforea wider turning circle.
Turning circle (kerb-to-kerb) 10.1m / 11.1m (depending on wheel size)
As you would expect, the Corsa is far from being a heavyweight and for most drivers, the weight of their cars is not anarea of great concern. However, weight does vary quite a bit depending on which model and engine you choose.
Unfortunately, Vauxhall doesn’t list kerb weight figures for its cars the weight of a fully-fueled car in its driveable state, minus passengers and luggage. Instead, it lists gross vehicle weight – the maximum safe vehicle weight for the car plus everything you can cram into it.In this form, the Corsa varies from 1,565kg to 1,780kg, from those with the smallest engines to five-door cars with larger power units.