What am I looking at?
The all-new Vauxhall Corsa, set to replace the ageing outgoing model.
Virtually everything, though it’s still instantly recognisable as a Corsa, which should endear it to fans of the current model. It’s technically built on a revised version of the current car’s platform, but Vauxhall says no actual components are shared between the two, so it should move the Corsa’s game on significantly.
You get different styling for a start, and if you like the Vauxhall Adam then you should like the Corsa; the slightly pouty grille and slash-cut headlights are all Adam touches. Vauxhall has once again differentiated the design of the three- and five-door cars (the three-door is much more sporty) but in terms of size, it’s near-identical to the previous model.
A brand-new interior is a welcome introduction. The old car was always well-built but was lagging behind in terms of style and features; the new car looks quite upmarket, taking cues from the Adam and adding now-expected features like a seven-inch touchscreen.
What’s under the bonnet?
The old Corsa’s 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol engines will be carried over, albeit with a few changes to modernise them. They’re sure to be the budget options but critics were not fans of the old units, so instead we’re going to celebrate the introduction of two new turbocharged units.
The first is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit. Rivals offer similar units these days so Vauxhall couldn’t be left behind, and its 89hp and 113hp outputs are fairly competitive. The power outputs won’t rival Ford’s Ecoboost engines (that model offers 100hp, 124hp or 138hp now), but economy should improve and the Vauxhall’s new unit is Euro 6 emissions compliant.
A 1.4-litre turbocharged engine also drops into the Corsa range from larger Vauxhalls. Oddly, it only develops 100hp – but Vauxhall says it’s concentrated on fuel efficiency. The old 1.3-litre CDTi turbodiesel returns, tuned to meet Euro 6 regulations, and new six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes are also available.
As you’d expect from a modern supermini, the new Corsa adds lots of safety and connectivity tech.
From the top, we have Hill Start Assist (to prevent the car rolling back as you pull away on an incline), Automatic Park Assist (the car can steer itself into a parking space) and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring system.
In terms of infotainment the new seven-inch screen gives you access to IntelliLink communications – an app-based system that offers navigation, global radio stations, Bluetooth and voice commands, while Android and Apple phones should hook up without issue. Heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated windscreen will all be available, depending on trim levels.
This we don’t know, just yet. The Corsa is still a few months from hitting the road and Vauxhall will release price details when that happens.
Far too many to list, though the Ford Fiesta is Vauxhall’s biggest rival in this class. It’s the best to drive, offers an enviable range of Ecoboost engines, and has the hot hatchback to beat in the form of the Fiesta ST.
In a line:
One of Britain’s most popular superminis steps up its game.
Read more about the current version in our full Vauxhall Corsa review section which includes critics reviews, photos, stats and more.