Vauxhall Corsa-e Review
The Vauxhall Corsa-e is an all-electric version of the compact Corsa city car that comes equally well-equipped but is let down slightly by the forgettable exterior styling.
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The Vauxhall Corsa-e is the brand’s first small electric car, and one that it hopes will draw buyers away from the likes of the Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and the upcoming VW ID 3. It’s also one of Vauxhall’s first cars to be produced in partnership with Peugeot. As a result, the Corsa-e shares plenty of mechanical components with the new e-208.
At a glance, you wouldn’t have guessed the two cars share anything more than their number of wheels, though. Where the Peugeot e-208 goes for a look-at-me combination of angular edges and chunky details, the Vauxhall Corsa-e is much more conservative.
The Vauxhall Corsa-e’s interior doesn’t have quite the wow factor of its French sibling, either. That said, top-spec cars come with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in sat-nav and smartphone mirroring and the Corsa-e’s conventional dashboard layout may favour tall drivers more than the Peugeot’s oddly small steering wheel and high-mounted dials.
Unlike some electric cars, the Vauxhall Corsa-e doesn’t style itself after some kind of futuristic spaceship on wheels. Instead, it looks just like the standard Corsa with a plug socket in place of a fuel nozzle.
Unlike the standard Vauxhall Corsa, the Corsa-e comes with an electric motor instead of a petrol or diesel engine under its bonnet. With its batteries fully brimmed, you’ll be able to drive for around 205 miles before needing to recharge. Stick the Corsa-e in its Eco driving mode, however, and Vauxhall claims you’ll be able to eke out an extra 80 miles of range.
The Vauxhall Corsa-e’s 136hp electric motor has enough poke to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 8.1 seconds and charging its batteries from empty to 80% full takes as little as 30 minutes using a public fast charger.
You’ll be able to get the Vauxhall Corsa-e with a raft of driver-assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and traffic sign recognition.
Read our in-depth Vauxhall Corsa price, specs and release date story for more information on this car’s petrol-powered sibling or head over to our new car deals page to see how much you can save on your next new car.