Both the three- and five-door models are pretty spacious, but the five-door is much easier to live with if you regularly carry more than one passenger
It might be a small car, but Vauxhall Corsa is still fairly roomy inside. There’s plenty of head and leg room in the front and you get a height adjustable driver’s seat as standard on Design models and above. The steering wheel adjusts for angle and reach so you’ll have no trouble getting comfortable – even if you’re very tall.
Unfortunately, the front passenger seat doesn’t come with height adjustment on any Vauxhall Corsa models and neither front seat comes with adjustable lumbar support to help reduce back ache on long drives – even in top-spec Elite cars.
Thankfully, space in the back is pretty generous – even in three-door models. Slide the front seats forward and there’s a fairly large gap to help you climb in the back seats and there’s just enough headroom for tall adults on short journeys.
If you regularly carry passengers in the back you’ll want to pick a five-door model instead. There’s a touch more headroom and the extra doors mean you don’t have to jump out to let your passengers climb in.
Fitting a child seat in a three-door model is a bit of a pain but it’s a breeze in five-door versions. The Isofix anchor points are clearly marked and their folding covers mean you don’t have to faff about with any easy-to-lose removable tabs.
Carrying three adults abreast is a tighter squeeze than in the new Polo, however. The central seat isn’t as soft or as wide as the outer two and there isn’t much room under the front seats for your passengers’ feet.
Plenty of handy storage bins help make sure the Vauxhall Corsa’s cabin won’t end up looking like the back of a bin lorry after a few road trips. The front door bins are easily big enough to hold two one-litre bottles at once and you get four fairly large cup holders built into the centre console.
Three-door models come with some handy bottle holders beside the back seats while five-door versions have extra rear door bins. Unfortunately, you can’t get a folding rear armrest and the fusebox intrudes noticeably into the glovebox so it’s only really large enough for a phone and a few pairs of sunglasses.
If only everyone could make cars with as many useful cubbies as the Corsa. Vauxhall even fits bottle-holders for rear-seat passengers in three-door models
The three-door Vauxhall Corsa’s 280-litre boot is exactly the same size as the Polo’s and just 12 litres down on the latest Fiesta’s with all five seats in place. Five-door models have a marginally bigger 285-litre boot but both versions suffer from a narrow boot opening and tall boot lip that make loading heavy luggage difficult.
An adjustable boot floor will set you back £142 but it makes loading very heavy items much easier and means you can hide a few soft bags away underneath. Even in its raised position there’s enough room left in the boot for a baby buggy or a couple of suitcases.
Sadly, you don’t get any handy shopping hooks and two-way split rear seats aren’t standard on low-spec models. As a result, you can’t carry some large luggage and a rear-seat passenger at once unless you fork out for a high-spec SE model. You can lean the rear seat backrests forwards slightly for a little extra boot space if your passengers don’t mind sitting bolt upright for a while.
Flip the back seats down and you’ll be left with a large step in the floor that makes sliding heavy luggage up behind the front seats very difficult. The optional adjustable boot floor helps make this a little easier but it still requires more effort than in the Polo.
With the back seats folded the Vauxhall Corsa’s boot capacity grows to 1,090 litres in three-door models and 1,120 litres in five-door versions. That’s significantly more spacious than in the Polo and big enough to carry a bike – if you remove a wheel first.