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Vauxhall Corsa review - Reliability and Safety

It’s too soon to tell if the Corsa will be reliable, while its safety rating leaves room for improvement

The latest Vauxhall Corsa achieved a four-star rating (out of a possible five) from Euro NCAP in its crash tests, with scores of 84 and 86 per cent respectively for adult and child occupant protection. Poor whiplash protection for rear-seat passengers brought the overall score down, meaning the Corsa trails five-star rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio.

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Every Corsa comes with lane departure warning and lane assist, speed sign recognition and automatic emergency braking as standard; rear parking sensors are added on SRI cars, Ultimate Nav models get adaptive cruise control and SE Nav brings lane departure warning with lane-keep assist. Top-spec cars also bring sophisticated LED matrix headlights, but all models get standard LED items that are very effective.

The latest Corsa is too new to have been featured in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while the last model languished in 92nd place in the 2019 survey; Vauxhall itself fared poorly too, finishing 29th out of 30 manufacturers. Customers had little to praise about the cars but, mercifully, a below-average 12.4 per cent reported experiencing a fault. We’d hope that the latest generation of PSA Vauxhall cars will remedy owners’ complaints in next year’s survey – we certainly think the Corsa is a cut above its predecessor in almost every area.

Warranty

All Vauxhalls are covered by a three-year, 100,000-mile warranty. This is more or less par for the course, matching that offered on the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, but lagging behind the five-year coverage offered by Hyundai and Toyota on the i20 and Yaris respectively.

Servicing

Vauxhall offers a range of servicing packages; Vauxhall Care is the most comprehensive, offering three years servicing, two years roadside assistance and a free MoT when your car needs it. Standalone fixed-price services are also available, including all parts and labour with no hidden costs, plus a 12-month warranty on any work.

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