The Vauxhall Corsa is as ubiquitous in the UK as classic fish and chip shops or red telephone boxes – you can’t drive anywhere without clapping eyes on one. They’re everywhere.
The Corsa is one of the best selling cars in the country. Even when the British public was told the new generation Corsa would be imminent, they still bought the old model by the bucket load. It was only beaten by the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus for overall sales figures back in 2014. It’s now a firmly established part of our culture.
The exterior is practically untouched from the previous generation. There’s obviously a new body with a different look but, on the whole, it looks very similar the old model. The A, B and C pillars are exactly the same because Vauxhall says previous Corsa customers really liked the shape of the old car’s roof, so they thought, why change it?
Between the three- and five-door variants, they’re both exactly the same length but the five-door is marginally taller and very slightly wider if you don’t take the wing mirrors into account.
|Width exc. wing mirrors (three-door/five-door)||1,736mm/1,746mm|
|Width with wing mirrors||1,944mm|
Unfortunately, Vauxhall doesn’t supply figures for interior headroom or legroom. However, because the overall size of the car is identical to that of the previous model, the interior space provided will be exactly the same. So you get a very spacious cabin with great levels of headroom front and rear as well as good amounts of legroom. Elbow room will be a tight squeeze with three people sat in the back but this is almost always the case with superminis.
It’s also worth noting, the three-door model has a more raked roofline than the five-door version which means there’ll be more headroom in the five-door than the three-door model.
Boot space in the new Corsa is exactly the same as the old Corsa with 285-litres with the seats in place and over 1,000-litres with the seats folded. Compared to its rivals, the Corsa holds more than the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo but less than the Skoda Fabia and Honda Jazz.
Fuel tank capacity
All Vauxhall Corsas – petrol and diesel – come with a fairly standard supermini tank size of 45-litres. This means that the maximum theoretical range the Corsa can achieve ranges from 466 miles on the 89hp, 1.4-litre petrol with the automatic gearbox to 874 miles on the 94hp, 1.3-litre CDTI diesel with a manual gearbox on the three-door car.
The five-door version works out at exactly 30kg heavier than the three-door model across the board, regardless of what engine you choose. However, specifying an automatic gearbox over the conventional manual will increase the car’s weight further. Specifying air-conditioning will also increase the car’s weight by 14kg. The lightest Corsa weighs from 1,575kg and the heaviest is from 1,709kg.
The Vauxhall Corsa achieves an overall turning circle of 10.6m kerb-to-kerb. This isn’t class leading, but it’s still a good figure nevertheless. A 10.6m turning circle is identical to that of the Polo, but larger than the Ford Fiesta’s by half a metre and 0.8m larger than what the new Skoda Fabia can achieve.
When you’re thinking of buying a car like the Vauxhall Corsa, the maximum loads it can tow won’t be at the forefront of your mind. However, it’s always nice to know that a car is capable of doing so if the needs arise.
The Maximum towing weights for the Vauxhall Corsa range from 700kg to 1,200kg depending on which engine you choose.
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