Vauxhall Corsa interior

The Vauxhall Corsa gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, but its infotainment screen isn’t the best and its interior is pretty unexciting.

Style

Given the Vauxhall Corsa’s stylish exterior you might expect the same inside, but sadly it isn’t the case. It’s conservatively styled to the point of being a little drab, and although there are areas of piano black plastics and faux chrome, a lot of the dashboard and doors are made from quite hard plastics.

Entry-level SE models get cloth seats and silver dash trim, while sporty SRi models get sports cloth seats with red detailing and red dash trim. Elite models add half cloth, half faux leather seats and range-topping Ultimate cars get seats with real leather middles and faux leather bolsters.

The Vauxhall Corsa’s cabin is mostly laid out neatly, but some of the heating and ventilation controls are obscured by the steering wheel. This is more of an issue if you sit quite far forward, and means you can’t easily tweak the temperature without tilting your head to the side.

If you’re much taller, you might find that the plastic shroud above the instruments covers the top of the two large dials – even if you position the seat as low as possible. As a result, it sometimes takes more than just a glance to check what speed you’re doing.

The Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208 might share the same underpinnings, but they couldn’t be more different to look at inside.

Mat Watson
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Infotainment

The Vauxhall Corsa comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth as standard but, more importantly, you also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

Standard on Ultimate models is a 10-inch version of the same system which also includes a built-in sat-nav, but you’ll be better off relying on the traffic info that your smartphone navigation apps. The Apple and Android’s user experience is better too – Vauxhall’s own system has a few too many small, tricky-to-hit on-screen buttons.

Worth mentioning, too, is the fact that Vauxhall’s 10-inch screen feels smaller than it actually is.  Everything is concentrated into the centre of the screen, leaving pronounced wasted spaces either side. Visually, it doesn’t really work.

Vauxhall offers digital driver’s dials from SRi models and up, but they’re pretty underwhelming. Yes, you can switch between different modes to display things like driving, media or navigation info, but they’re far less visually engaging that Peugeot or VW’s digital set, so aren’t a deal-breaker when choosing which version to buy.

There’s no option to charge your smartphone wirelessly on any Corsa, but you do get multiple USB sockets inside. There’s just one six-speaker sound system across the range and no option to upgrade, but it sounds fairly decent.

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