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The Vauxhall Corsa is a popular compact car that has been on UK roads since 1993. Evolving over five generations, it is one of Vauxhall’s most successful models. A much-loved supermini, it has gained a loyal fanbase over the years. It offers practicality, reliability and affordability.

The Vauxhall Corsa has received a few facelifts over its three decades. These included extensive exterior and interior changes. Despite these changes it has stayed true to its origins. Its most recent iteration launched in 2023 to wide acclaim.


The ample space and excellent fuel efficiency appeals to a broad range of drivers. These include everyone from commuters to families and retired people. Its competitive pricing, range of trim levels and engine options give it ideal positioning in the market. It is an accessible choice for a range of budgets.

The Vauxhall Corsa has several closest rivals in the supermini category. These include the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208 and the SEAT Ibiza. With the discontinuation of the Ford Fiesta, the Vauxhall Corsa’s place in the best-seller charts looks set to continue. The Vauxhall Corsa has a raft of accolades. It has won the Value Car of the Year Award 2021 and the Best Fleet Supermini at the Fleet World Great British Fleet Awards 2021.


Vauxhall Corsa updates and facelifts


Vauxhall launched the Corsa’s first generation, the Corsa A, in 1993 in the UK to replace the Vauxhall Nova. Available as a three-door or five-door hatchback it featured a range of petrol and diesel engines. Drivers praised the Vauxhall Corsa for its compact size, practical features and affordable price. The Corsa’s features, such as power steering, anti-lock brakes and alarm system, were a first for the market before at that price point.

Unveiled in 2000, the second-generation Vauxhall Corsa, known as the Corsa C, had a completely new design. It had an improved interior and class-leading technology. These included an Easytronic semi-automatic transmission option. Larger than previous models, it was an instant hit, particularly with first-time drivers. A facelift in 2003 introduced coloured bumpers, protective side rub strips and clear lens headlights.

Launched in 2006, the third-generation Vauxhall Corsa differed significantly from its predecessors. The 'Corsa D' boasted a sleeker and sportier design, better safety features and improved fuel efficiency. It modernised the Vauxhall lineup. It achieved this with the addition of start/stop systems, efficient engines and ecoFLEX technology.

The Mk4 Vauxhall Corsa (the Corsa E) arrived in 2014 and was available until 2019. It offered a range of petrol, diesel and electric powertrain options. It had a more stylish, aerodynamic body and advanced technology features. These included touchscreen infotainment and driver assistance systems.

In 2019, the Mk5 arrived. Also known as the Corsa F it is available as a five-door hatchback. It had a complete revamp, sharing mechanical components with the Peugeot 208 and Citroën models. This followed the PSA Group’s acquisition of Vauxhall in 2017. The fifth-generation Vauxhall Corsa features a turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engines. An eight-speed automatic transmission was optional. It also has an advanced infotainment system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Vauxhall Corsa-e is available with a fully electric powertrain. The Sun voted it Car of the Year for its 209-mile range and budget-friendly price.


Practicality and style of the car


The Vauxhall Corsa’s practicality is one of the key reasons it remains one of the UK’s most popular cars. This is thanks to being budget-friendly and fuel efficient. They are surprisingly spacious for a supermini and are straightforward to drive. Its boot size is 309 litres — six litres more than its biggest competitor, the Ford Fiesta. Folding the back bench, you can extend the capacity to 1,118 litres. The Vauxhall Corsa is a practical and reliable choice. It provides ample room for sports equipment, school bags, weekly shopping or luggage items. Its electric variant, the Vauxhall Corsa-e, offers 267 litres of capacity. This is due to the location of its batteries. It has a decent 1,081 litres with the seats down.

The Mk5 Vauxhall Corsa's dimensions are longer than previous models. , It has a length of 4,060mm, a 1,944mm width with mirrors (1,746mm without mirrors) and a height of 1,433mm.

The Vauxhall Corsa is perfectly capable of towing light loads. Despite its status as a supermini, it has a stated towing limit of 1150kg so can handle small trailers.


Running costs

The Vauxhall Corsa is very reasonable to run. It has low tax and insurance groups that makes it the ideal run-around for a first car. It's a great choice for someone looking for an economical vehicle for city driving. If you buy a Vauxhall Corsa, you can expect to pay up to £180 a year on road tax (depending on the model). All Corsas sit between insurance groups 10 and 23. This is similar to others in is class, with the Ford Fiesta sitting between groups 10 and 17.


How a used Vauxhall Corsa drives


The fifth generation Vauxhall Corsa is available with a petrol engine or as a fully electric vehicle. Vauxhall has consolidated the trim levels available compared to previous generations. There are three specifications available. These include; the entry-level Design, sporty GS Line and the top-of-the-range Ultimate. All models use the same base as the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine. The petrol engine produces 74bhp or with the 1.2 turbocharged powerplant, 99bhp or 128bhp. In 2018, the 99bhp Corsa won the Auto Express Engine of the Year. This was thanks to its impressive handling and excellent fuel economy.

A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the 74bhp petrol vehicle. There is a six-speed manual gearbox on the 99bhp petrol variant. The 99bhp also has a eight-speed automatic transmission option. The eight-speed automatic comes as standard with the 128bhp variant.

The 74bhp petrol accelerates from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds and has a top speed of 108mph. The turbocharged 99bhp petrol variant goes from 0-62mph in a speedy 9.3 seconds. This is quicker than its rival, the Volkswagen Polo, which needs 10.8 seconds to get to 62mph. With a top speed of 121mph, the turbocharged petrol delivers 205Nm of torque.

The Corsa Electric launched with a 134bhp electric motor and a 50kWh battery. This provides the Corsa-e with a range of 200-mile or more. A 2023 facelift added a 51kWh battery pack, boosting its power up to 154bhp. This also increased its range up to 246 miles.

Models produced between 2014 and 2019 return between 25 and 79mpg, 42.7mpg on average. Older iterations manufactured between 2006 and 2014 offering 24 to 77mpg. For models made from 2019 onwards, you get 46mpg, with an average of 45.5mpg.

Engines and official MPG

Please refer to the table below for a comprehensive list of engines and their official MPG figures.

2014 - 2019

Engine Official NEDC MPG Official WLTP MPG
1.0T 115 56.5–58.9 mpg -
1.0T 90 61.4–65.7 mpg -
1.2 70 52.3–53.3 mpg -
1.3 CDTi 75 72.4–74.3 mpg -
1.3 CDTi 75 ecoFLEX 72.4–78.5 mpg -
1.3 CDTi 95 78.5 mpg -
1.3 CDTi 95 ecoFLEX 78.5–88.3 mpg -
1.3 CDTi 95 ecoFLEX Automatic 83.1 mpg -
1.3CDTi 75 ecoFLEX 76.3 mpg -
1.4 75 47.9–55.4 mpg 42.2 mpg
1.4 90 42.8–55.4 mpg 41.5–44.8 mpg
1.4 90 Automatic 42.8–60.1 mpg 40.9 mpg
1.4T 100 50.4–55.4 mpg 41.5 mpg
1.4T 150 47.1–49.6 mpg -
VXR 37.7 mpg -

2019 - onwards

Engine Official WLTP MPG
1.2 53.3 mpg
1.2 Turbo 100 52.3 mpg
1.2 Turbo 100 Automatic 48.7 mpg
1.2 Turbo 130 Automatic 50.4 mpg
1.5 Turbo D 70.6 mpg
1.5 Turbo D 102 70.6 mpg

Features you can expect in a Vauxhall Corsa

Interior

The Vauxhall Corsa’s interior oozes practicality with its functional, well-laid-out cabin. Vauxhall has upgraded the Mk5 by adding soft touch material on the dashboard and attractive colour-coded trim details.

Most trims offer a seven-inch touchscreen. The top-of-the-range Ultimate trim boasts a ten-inch display. Stay focused on the road while getting directions or make hands-free calls. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes as standard so you can send and receive messages or listen to music on the move.

The manual controls ensure easy access to the heating and ventilation controls. A physical volume control and a set of shortcut buttons means you can access vital features quickly and easily.

With smart alloy wheels and a leather steering wheel as standard, the Corsa has a high-quality look and feel. The sporty GS trim has a black roof, LED headlights and rear lights and tinted windows. A 2023 refresh introduced a new automatic emergency braking system with pedestrian detection in all GS models. Other features include a sport driving mode, electric rear windows, rear parking sensors and an alarm.

The Ultimate features several handy items, including keyless entry, sat nav, front parking sensors, folding door mirrors, rear-view camera and ambient mood lighting. Its 2023 facelift includes blind spot alert, lumbar support and even massaging functionality for the driver’s seat.

The Corsa is an excellent choice for families. With Vauxhall ceasing production of its three-door variant, access to the back seat for families with younger children is more manageable.

There is room for five passengers, with its well-designed cabin offering plenty of room for a six-foot adult seated behind the driver. The seating is comfortable, supportive and easily adjustable and there is a good amount of storage space, including a small, enclosed storage bin. The front door bins have the capacity for a large water bottle and a pair of cupholders are in the centre console. A good-sized, well-positioned smartphone tray ensures you will not lose your devices when braking.


Technology

The Vauxhall Corsa has many advanced driver technologies to protect you and your passengers in the event of an accident. Mk5 models offer many safety features, including autonomous emergency braking, front collision warning, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, a speed limiter and cruise control.

The premium Ultimate trim features ‘Intellilux’ Matrix LED headlights that omit oncoming cars from their beam, illuminating the road ahead without dazzling oncoming cars.


Safety

Crash safety experts, Euro NCAP, have awarded the Vauxhall Corsa a four-star rating, scoring 84% for adult occupant protection and 86% for child occupants. This compares well to its rivals: the Peugeot 208 also received a four-star rating, with an 86% child occupant score, while the Ford Fiesta received a similar four stars and achieved a child occupant score of 84%.

All Corsas have twin front airbags as standard, with curtain airbags and side airbags available on some lines. There are two handy ISOFIX points making it straightforward to fit child seats.


Trims available on the Vauxhall Corsa

As with many cars, there are a whole host of different models trims and options available that span the Vauxhall Corsa’s thirty years of production. At Arnold Clark, we stock a wide range of trims, and with hundreds of cars being bought and sold each day, it is always worth keeping an eye out for what we have in stock.

  • Corsa SE
  • Corsa Active
  • Corsa Design
  • Corsa Energy
  • Corsa Griffin
  • Corsa SRi
  • Corsa Elite
  • Corsa Elite Nav Premium
  • Corsa Ultimate
  • Corsa Ultimate Nav
  • Corsa-e Nav Premium

  • Ranging from the entry-level and modest Corsa SE through to the mid-range Elite and Sri editions and all the way up to the Ultimate, you will find a host of variations and special editions in the Arnold Clark stock


    Vauxhall Corsa SE

    This entry-level Corsa comes fitted with several features that are not always standard in other brands. Air conditioning, a radio/CD player/MP3 player and multifunctional trip computer and cruise control provide the driver with a comfortable and convenient driving experience. Automatic lighting control, rain-sensing wipers, electric front windows, speed sensitive power-assisted steering and electrically adjustable mirrors enhance the journey, while the driver and front passenger airbags, curtain and side impact airbags and ABS brakes, emergency brake system and daytime running lights assure the safety of the driver. Finished with body-coloured bumpers and cladding, the SE may be the entry-level Corsa, but it certainly isn’t short on features.


    Vauxhall Corsa Active

    The Active was the entry-level trim between 2008/2009 and 2012 and was available as a 3 or 5-door with petrol or diesel engines that came in a 1.0-, 1.2- and 1.4-litre including the ecoFLEX.


    Vauxhall Corsa Design

    The Design is a 2022 entry-level trim and brings with it several new features from previous editions. Complete with 16-inch alloy wheels and a touchscreen multimedia system. It has LED headlights that were previously reserved for the higher end trims, as well as a leather steering wheel, climate control and the new lane departure warning with lane assist.


    Vauxhall Corsa Energy

    Launched in 2016, the Corsa Energy entered the market as a mid-range Corsa that was fitted with various luxuries as standard, including a heated leather steering wheel, IntelliLink system with 7-inch touchscreen, digital radio and Bluetooth as well as a USB connection. Electrically adjustable door mirrors and tyre pressure monitors are just some of the gear packed into this affordable car. There are three engine options and a total of ten variations of the Energy, so plenty of choice.


    Vauxhall Corsa Griffin

    This special edition was designed to mark 25 years of Corsa production and was limited to just 2,400 units – and it’s packed with features that, for its price, leaves its competitors lagging. With more features than the Energy model at a lower price, this limited edition was a standout car on launch. Its eye-catching upgrades include the matte black 16-inch alloy wheels (17-inch, 5 twin spoke gloss black with the 2021 model), matching door mirrors and sunroof along with a smart infotainment system that has a large 7-inch display, heated front seats and heated leather steering wheel and the 1.4-litre, low-emission petrol engine.


    Vauxhall Corsa SRi

    Another mid-range option, the CORSA SRi is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and sport suspension which provides a firmer, more aggressive feel. The sports styling continues through the car with sport front seats and pedals as well as tinted windows and front and rear sports body styling. A chrome-effect exhaust tailpipe completes the car’s sport aesthetic, while the rest of the features are the same as the SE.


    Vauxhall Corsa Elite

    This mid to higher-level trim is fitted with features and equipment that you might not expect to find in a Corsa, especially as it is known for its affordable price point. That said, the 2021 Elite model comes fitted with a 7-inch infotainment system that includes DAB digital radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and mobile connectivity, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto™ as well as six speakers. The interior provides a high-quality experience for this supermini, with a flat-bottomed, leather heated steering wheel, heated front seats, rain-sensitive wipers, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror and air conditioning among other things. The 17-inch diamond cut gloss black alloy wheels really give the car a stylish look; accompanied with a black roof and A pillars and high-gloss black B pillars, the curb appeal is high for this motor. Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors, rear parking sensors and a panoramic rear-view camera really places this car up among more premium cars when it comes to features.


    Vauxhall Corsa Elite Nav Premium

    This upgraded Elite comes with a variety of additional features. The 2021 model has a larger 10-inch touchscreen as part of the Multimedia Navi Pro system that includes sat nav with 2D/3D street level mapping, points of interest and European coverage. Electric parking brakes, Vauxhall Connect and keyless entry and start finish this ‘premium’ supermini.


    Vauxhall Corsa Ultimate

    The Ultimate is 2022’s high-end trim level and comes packed with features and top-of-the-range equipment that includes the stylish 17-inch, bi-colour alloy wheels and IntelliLux LED® Matrix headlights with LED taillights – effectively adding to this model’s curb appeal. The 10-inch colour touchscreen system provides sat nav and Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™, while a 7-inch digital instrument cluster provides the driver with all the information they require. Electric climate control and adaptive cruise control add to the driving experience of this car. Finally, the Ultimate is fitted with Alcantrara seat trim and driver seat massage functionality.

    Vauxhall’s fully electric Corsa-e is also available in various trim levels including the SE Nav Premium, SRi Nav Premium and Elite Nav Premium. They each bring all the features and comforts you would expect to find on their ICE counterparts.


    Vauxhall Corsa E Nav Premium

    The Nav Premium option is available with the Corsa-e, the fully electric version of the Corsa, and provides additional features and equipment a little more over the standard Corsa-e models. Whether you go for the Corsa-e SE, Corsa-e SRi or Corsa-e Elite, there is also a Nav Premium available that takes your choice of electric to the next level. Features include a front camera system that facilitates the collision alert system, lane departure warning, lane assist and speed sign recognition that enables the intelligent speed adaptation feature as well as driver drowsiness system.

    The practical supermini is popular with families with their affordability making them a standout choice. Models like the powerful VXR continue to appeal to younger generations, while the ecoFLEX Corsa is a great choice if you’re looking for an economical compact car.


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    Frequently asked questions

    Q. How much does a used Vauxhall Corsa cost?

    A. We have 1124 used Vauxhall Corsa cars in stock ranging from £4298 to £23,998.

    Q. How many MPG does the Vauxhall Corsa get?

    A. The Vauxhall Corsa MPG varies from 38 mpg to 88 mpg.

    Q. How much is car tax for a used Vauxhall Corsa?

    A. The Vauxhall Corsa car tax ranges from free to £305 per year for the models in stock.

    Q. What is the average mileage on a used Vauxhall Corsa?

    A. The average mileage on a used Vauxhall Corsa in stock is 15162 miles.

    Q. Which transmission options are available with the Vauxhall Corsa?

    A. Currently in stock, the Vauxhall Corsa is available in Automatic, Manual.

    Q. What different fuel types are available for the Vauxhall Corsa?

    A. Of the Vauxhall Corsa used cars in stock, they are available in the following fuel types: Diesel, Electric, Petrol.

    Q. What are the most popular engine sizes in the Vauxhall Corsa?

    A. The most popular engine sizes in the Vauxhall Corsa we have in stock are 1.2 litres, , 1.4 litres.

    Q. What are the most popular colours in the Vauxhall Corsa range?

    A. The Vauxhall Corsa is available in various colours. The most popular we have in stock are White, Grey, Black

    Q. Is the Vauxhall Corsa a good car?

    A. Car & Driving rate the Vauxhall Corsa 3.55 stars (out of 5).

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    * MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they’re not intended to represent real world efficiency.