The current generation was introduced in 2006 and is a considerable improvement on its uninspiring predecessor. Engines range from the gutless 1.0-litre which crawls to 60mph in 17 seconds, to the thrilling 1.6-litre VXR which roars to 60mph in 6.8 seconds. The price for this blistering performance is the high fuel consumption which the maths club calculate to be 35mpg.
As well as offering a wide choice of engines the Corsa is decent to drive. The handling is far more composed than the previous generation and the precise steering and responsive brakes inspire confidence. However, this low cost 'kids taxi' is let down by the mediocre ride and simplistic interior.
Despite these shortcomings the Vauxhall Corsa is a respectable used buy. It represents unpretentious no-nonsense transport for budget conscious motorists. Prices for 2008 models range from £6,000 to £11,000.