This is the all-new 2020 Vauxhall Corsa. Here’s everything you need to know about Vauxhall’s brand-new small hatch.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa hatchback
Two petrol engines; one diesel
Price and release date
est. around £14,500; early 2020
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The all-new Vauxhall Corsa has been revealed – and it looks a lot like the Corsa-e electric car, which has already been unveiled. The two cars’ designs are actually more or less identical both inside and out.
Non-electric versions of the Corsa come with a choice of two petrol engines: a 75hp 1.2-litre non-turbo and a 100hp turbocharged 1.2-litre engine. Diesel power comes in the form of a 100hp, 1.5-litre option. Vauxhall says all these engines are more economical and emit less CO2 than the engines in the current car, but you would expect that. The new Corsa is around 10% lighter than the car it replaces, which will further improve its fuel efficiency.
The lower-powered petrol model uses a five-speed manual gearbox, while the higher-powered petrol gets a six-speed manual as standard. An eight-speed auto with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel will be optional.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa price and release date
While prices for conventionally powered (Vauxhall calls them ICE, or Internal Combustion Engine) versions of the 2020 Vauxhall Corsa have yet to be revealed, you can expect the car to start from £14,500. The Corsa-e electric model will start from £26,490, once you factor in the Government’s £3,500 electric car grant.
Be one of the first 500 customers to get your name down for the new Corsa-e and Vauxhall will also throw in a free home-charging unit. While a refundable £500 deposit gets your name down, production doesn’t start until January, with customer deliveries happening soon after then.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa tech
Vauxhall is keen to point out how well-equipped the 2020 Vauxhall Corsa is. It’s a fair argument to make, as even basic models come fitted as standard with LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a 7-inch touchscreen and DAB digital radio.
Customers will be able to choose either Multimedia Nav – a 7-inch colour touchscreen – or the optional 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro system for their infotainment. Other clever options include Vauxhall Connect, which adds real-time traffic information to the car’s systems, plus a direct emergency service or breakdown call option.
Vauxhall will also offer the new Corsa with what it calls Intellilux LED Matrix headlights. These mean you can have the headlights on high beam without dazzling oncoming traffic.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa styling
The 2020 Vauxhall Corsa is quite a departure from the outgoing model, although that’s not surprising since Vauxhall is now partnered with Peugeot. In fact, there’s more than a hint of new Peugeot 208, which itself was revealed back in February.
The new Corsa looks lower and wider than the car it replaces. It has a distinctive grille and lower air intake, as well as sharp headlights with integrated daytime running lights. At the back, LED lights, a small roof spoiler and concave boot lid complete the look, although this is the Corsa-e version pictured, which is likely to be near the top of the range. As such, expect less expensive versions to have no spoiler, smaller alloy wheels and non-LED lighting.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e
So far, we only know fleeting details on the pure-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e. It comes with a 50kWh battery and goes for a range of 205 miles, although this can be extended by up to 40% in its Eco mode, so another 80 or so miles may be possible if driven carefully. Charging it from empty to 80% using a rapid charge takes only 30 minutes.
When you aren’t trying to eke out its maximum range, the Corsa-e produces 136hp and a strong 260Nm of torque, sprinting from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds, but can go from 0-30mph in just 2.8, which is a more realistic scenario given the Corsa-e will spend a lot of its time in town.
Even more useful in town will be the Corsa-e’s safety systems, which should also feature on the rest of the 2020 Corsa range. Systems such as traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking are all included.
Also available are front and rear sensors, and a parking aid that will help you in and out of spaces. There is a panoramic rear-view camera, which Vauxhall says will improve visibility by up to 180% (quite an arbitrary number, but whatever), helping the driver see cars approaching from behind and on either side more easily.
2020 Vauxhall Corsa interior
Judging by the pictures released for the Corsa-e, the 2020 Vauxhall Corsa will be both more stylish and higher-quality inside than before. Like the outside, there are definite influences from Peugeot – such as that sleek gear selector – although, thankfully, Vauxhall hasn’t used Peugeot’s awkwardly small steering wheel.
Vauxhall has confirmed that a touchscreen infotainment system is standard, starting with a 7-inch unit on cheaper models and moving to a 10-inch screen with built-in sat-nav on dearer ones. The screens are angled slightly towards the driver and feature both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
On the larger-screened system, live navigation with real-time traffic information, key vehicle data checking via an app, direct connection with roadside assistance and an emergency call feature are all included, too.
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