VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo SRi Edition 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 60 mph-

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2119 g/km

A MATTER OF CORSA

Vauxhall's fifth generation Corsa hasn't lost that streetwise edge. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?

Out on the road, you can't help but notice the fifth generation version of Vauxhall's little Corsa supermini. In the throngs of city traffic, there is very little else that can cut its way as deftly through the queues and still leave you unruffled at the other end. The first time I met this car, it seemed to beg me to drive it and I did, with great enjoyment. This MK5 model promised to be something special from my first glimpse of it in the car park. First impressions are of a rounded, friendly look with a broader front grille than Corsas of old. The overall proportioning isn't that much of a departure. An exterior highlight that Vauxhall is particularly proud of it's the fact that this is the first car in the class to feature adaptive glare-free full-LED headlights - the brand's 'IntelliLux LED Matrix' package, the kind of thing previously restricted to much larger cars.

Practicalities

This fifth generation model is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase delivering more interior and boot space from this five-door-only model. The smarter body panels are still fashioned from the usual range of high-strength steels, but it's all been stitched together in a more weight-conscious manner, saving 40kg over the outgoing Corsa. Inside, all Corsas have identical cabins, which centre around a new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro. There's room for two adults in the back but I struggled to fit two child seats in, plus a booster in the middle. Legroom was good but the payback for this was the smallish boot space. Still, take out the parcel shelf and you could still fit in some luggage if you needed to. The quality of materials used is leagues ahead of older Corsas and like the Astra, there's the bulletproof feeling of build quality that's as good as anything in the sector.

Behind the Wheel

You should feel at home at the wheel of this car and the engines on offer are a willing bunch. There are two petrol units and a single diesel to choose from. Ideally, you'd want to avoid the base 75PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, which can only be had with 5-speed manual transmission. And go instead for the more modern three cylinder, direct injection turbocharged 100PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant your dealer will prefer to point you towards. The minority-interest Corsa engine option is a 1.5-litre 100PS diesel which will be a rare sight, but might make sense if you habitually undertake longer distances in your supermini. All the engines on offer are helped in their task by a significant weight reduction this time round - Vauxhall says it can be as much as 10%, which is quite a lot in supermini terms. Base-spec variants can now weigh as little as 980kgs. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that will be available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134hp.

Value For Money

Prices have risen a bit, starting at around £15,500, but you could pay as much as around £25,000 for the full-electric version. There are four core trim level options for the Corsa this time round - 'SE', 'SRi', 'Elite Nav' and 'Ultimate'. Go for the 'SE' or 'SRi' variants and there are interim 'Nav' and 'Premium' options. You can have the 'Elite Nav' model in an upgraded 'Elite Nav Premium' state of spec too. It's all quite complex. Simpler to comprehend is the need to pay a premium for auto transmission - an extra £1,730 on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'SE' derivatives are quite well equipped, fitted with 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen radio, a leather flat bottom steering wheel and LED Headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Could I Live With One?

For day-to-day driving, this fifth generation Corsa is stronger than ever before. Overall, if you're seeking something fun, frugal and cheap to run, I can think of few better small cars.

  • Two speed windscreen wipers
  • Dark tinted rear side windows + tailgate window
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows

  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Hill hold and start system
  • Straight line stability control
  • Drag torque control
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Traction control
  • Cornering brake control

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Bluetooth mobile phone portal
  • Auto tele unit 3S vehicle communication system

  • Front pedestrian detection BASIS
  • Lane departure warning with lane assist
  • Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
  • Rear parking distance sensors
  • Front camera system
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • Start/stop system

  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Lights on audible warning
  • 7" TFT instrument cluster
  • Sports switch
  • Service indicator
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Engine oil life indicator
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side

  • Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Liquid palladium facia with hot red accents

  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Under body shield for aero
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Six speakers
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming
  • USB with iPod control
  • AM/FM stereo radio
  • RDS with traffic programme

  • Black lower side window mouldings
  • Sports front and rear body styling for upper and lower bumper design
  • Flexible roof mounted aerial
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • High gloss black finish B pillar
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Chrome effect tailpipe extension

  • LED Headlights
  • LED tail lamp
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Rear reversing lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Manual headlamp level control
  • Centre rear brake lights
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Headlamps for left side traffic

  • Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents
  • 4 speed fan with illuminated controls
  • Electronic climate control (ECC)
  • Four adjustable facia vents

  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear cupholder
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Front cupholder
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Two litre open door pockets
  • Signal red and dark titanium seat stitching
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Liquid palladium cloth inserts on door trim
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • 12V power sockets
  • Black headliner
  • Manual handbrake
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Banda marvel cloth upholstery
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Right hand drive (RHD)

  • Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
  • Interior courtesy light
  • Front map reading lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Single tone horn
  • Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
  • Forward collision alert
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag

  • 2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
  • 4 way manual co-driver fore/aft with reclining seatback
  • 6 way manual fore/aft, up/down with reclining driver seatback
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Sports style front seats

  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Steering column lock
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap
  • Remote control central locking
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Remote control security alarm system
  • 2 keys one folding with integral remote

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors + covers

  • 17" diamond cut gloss black 5-twinspoke alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 119

  • Engine Code: EB2ADTD-B
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • Coin Series: SRi Edition
  • Coin Description: Turbo
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 69
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 100
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.9
  • Engine Power - BHP: 100
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - KW: 74
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 151
  • Engine Torque - NM: 205
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Wheelbase: 2538
  • Length: 4060
  • Width: 1765
  • Width (including mirrors): 1960
  • Height: 1433
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 309
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1118
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580

  • 7" colour touch screen: Included
  • Multimedia Navi with 7" colour touchscreen, Mirror link, European coverage,2D/3D street level map, points-of-interest search and map updates via USB: £500

  • Body colour roof and A pillar: £0
  • Two coat premium paint: Included
  • Additional two coat premium paint: £650
  • Two coat metallic paint: £550
  • Panoramic sunroof: £500
  • Brilliant paint: £320
  • Black roof A pillar in black: Included

  • Two coat metallic - Diamond black: £550
  • Two coat metallic - Quartz grey: £550
  • Two coat metallic - Voltaic blue: £550

  • Premium two coat - Power orange: £0
  • Premium two coat - Hot red: £650
  • Brilliant Paint - Jade white: £320

  • Banda marvel cloth - Black with signal red/dark titanium stitching: £0

  • Spare wheel provision: £20

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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