Vauxhall Corsa (2014–2019) review
If you’re looking for a stylish, practical and good value supermini, there should be a Vauxhall Corsa in the extensive lineup to suit
The Corsa is Vauxhall’s ever-popular supermini, having consistently placed among the top five best selling cars in the UK for over a decade and a half. And it’s with good reason too: while the latest model isn’t particularly groundbreaking in any area, as an overall package it’s very good indeed and has enough quality to take on the class leaders.
For the best part of 20 years, the Vauxhall Corsa has been not just one of the top-selling superminis in the UK, but one of the best-selling cars, full stop. This is the fourth generation of the Corsa and, as it has done for its whole life, it competes with the Ford Fiesta at the top of the sales charts.
However, times have changed since it first appeared, and there’s an ever-growing list of cars looking to tempt potential buyers away from the Corsa. There are other long-established names like the Renault Clio, Nissan Micra and Volkswagen Polo, but the SEAT Ibiza and Skoda Fabia are now very credible challengers, too.
What the Corsa does offer is choice – although there’s so much choice that it can be a little bewildering.
First off, there's a simple choice between two body styles: the three-door hatchback is the sportier-looking one, whereas the five-door is the more practical of the pair.
An engine range that was once sprawling has been chopped down to just a handful of 1.4-litre petrols – two power outputs and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes are offered.
Beyond that, there are eight trim levels available: Active, Design, Energy, Griffin,Sport, SRi Nav, SE Nav and SRi VX-Line Nav Black. Standard equipment includes cruise control, a heated windscreen, hill start assist and 15-inch alloys but equipment levels increase exponentially as you make your way up through the range. Design models add Vauxhall’s IntelliLink 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SE Nav gets sat-nav and a range of automatic lights, wipers and mirrors, while SRi VX-Line Nav Black cars get a wealth of equipment and sporty styling.
In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingIf you’re looking for a stylish, practical and good value supermini, there should be a Vauxhall Corsa in the extensive lineup to suit
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Corsa is better to drive than ever, and among the confusing array of similarly powered engines, the new three-cylinder unit really stands out
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsIt's cheap to buy and insure, but the Vauxhall Corsa is scuppered by a range of engines that you might expect better efficiency from
- 4Interior, design and technologyBetter than ever, with mostly good quality, plenty of room and now featuring Vauxhall's quality infotainment
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceClearly not a full-sized family car, the Corsa is nonetheless comfortable and quite practical transport for five people
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe disappointing headline is a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating, though the Corsa features plenty of safety kit