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Vauxhall Corsa review - Reliability and safety

Despite featuring good levels of safety kit, the Corsa misses out on a top Euro NCAP rating

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.

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 finished in 28th place in our latest Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while Vauxhall itself showed some improvement in the best manufacturers poll, moving up from a disappointing 29th out of 30 brands in 2020 to 24th spot in 2021.

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.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.2 SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £15,510

Most Economical

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

Fastest

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

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