Vauxhall Corsa (2014–2019) review - Reliability and Safety

The disappointing headline is a four-star Euro NCAP safety rating, though the Corsa features plenty of safety kit

The latest Corsa uses many parts from the old car, which bodes well for reliability, while the IntelliLink touchscreen system features in the AdamAstra and Insignia, so it should prove trouble-free – or at least be very familiar to Vauxhall technicians if there are any glitches.

On the other hand, it’s worth noting that this version of the Corsa finished in a lowly 92nd place in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey and it achieved a four-star Euro NCAP rating, which is disappointing considering the high standard of safety presented by most of its rivals.

Still, the Corsa has more safety kit than the car it replaces, including six airbags, electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitoring and ISOfix points. One feature notably lacking, however, is automatic low speed braking, which is becoming increasingly common even in small cars, while the Driving Assistance Pack (which adds front collision warning and lane departure warning) is no longer available to order a new car.  

Warranty 

Vauxhall made much of its 100,000-mile, unlimited time warranty when it launched in 2010, but in 2014 announced that it was withdrawing the scheme and reverting back to a standard three-year, 60,000-mile one. That means it runs out two years before a Hyundai warranty and four years before a Kia one, although it is transferrable to subsequent owners, where the unlimited one wasn’t. 

Servicing

Despite the relatively short warranty, the good news is that Vauxhall’s dealer network is extensive (to say the least) and parts are both reasonably priced and abundant.

Vauxhall does offer fixed price servicing on the Corsa too, with payments starting from £15 per month. Those taking up the scheme can also get discounts on wear and tear repairs or replacements that aren’t covered under warranty or the service plan.

Which Is Best

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  • Name
    1.2 SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
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  • Name
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  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,005

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  • Name
    1.2 Turbo [130] SRi 5dr Auto
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £21,560

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