The Vauxhall Corsa is a small family car that’s reasonably practical, cheap to run and a doddle to drive. Newer alternatives do have more high-tech safety kit, however
The Vauxhall Corsa is a small family car that’s easy to drive and comes with a fair amount of high-tech features. It’s not quite as roomy in the back as a VW Polo but it’s cheap to buy and has a fairly practical boot for a car this size.
Sure, its interior isn’t going to set your pulse racing but its glossy trims and soft plastics are easy on the eye. All models get a seven-inch touchscreen that’s dead easy to use and comes with smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices.
You get plenty of space to stretch out in front too, and the seats come with lots of adjustment to help you get comfy. Unfortunately, space in the back is a little more cramped, especially in three-door models. There’s just enough head, knee and leg room for three adults to sit side-by-side but if you regularly carry lots of passengers you’ll be much better off with a Polo.
It’s a similar story in the boot. The Vauxhall’s 280-litre boot is the same size as the VW’s but its narrower opening makes it more difficult to load and you don’t get two-way split rear seats as standard so you can’t carry two passengers and some long luggage at once without paying extra.
The Corsa is inexpensive, well-equipped and does nearly everything you could ask for in a small car – apart from standing out in the supermarket car park
You can get the Corsa with a range of petrol and diesel engines but the 1.0-litre petrol is the stand-out performer. It’s smooth and quiet around town and powerful enough to keep up with fast-moving traffic. Ignore the other petrols and only consider the 1.3-litre diesel if you do lots of motorway miles.
If you spend more time driving in town however, you’ll find the Corsa isn’t quite as comfortable as the Polo but it deals with potholes reasonably well for such a small car. It doesn’t lean much in tight corners but the Fiesta will put a much bigger smile on your face on a country road.
If you can live with that compromise, the Corsa’s definitely worth considering. It strikes a good balance between comfort, practicality and high-tech features at an affordable price.