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Question for you. Why, why, why... is the Vauxhall Corsa one of the most popular cars on the road?

By Stephen Turvil
Oct 17, 2011
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Question for you. Why, why, why... is the Vauxhall Corsa one of the most popular cars on the road? Perhaps its low purchase price is a factor. The range starts at a cheap-as-chips £8,995 and the top-spec only costs £18,080. Perhaps motorists also like the composed handling, the choice of three or five doors, the class-competitive 285-litre boot, and the friendly styling. This supermini also feels fairly robust so trips to the garage should be rare.

Nice start, but not every Vauxhall Corsa was created equally. Some taste better than chips cooked by an award-winning chef – others like yesterday's old fry-up. The entry- level 1.0-litre Expression, for example, takes a never-ending 18.2 seconds to hit 62mph. Can farmers grow potatoes quicker? This unremarkable performance might be tolerable if the fuel consumption was amazingly low – it is not. Expect to average 56.5mpg. The specification leaves a bad taste too - so there is no air-con, alarm, ESP, sunroof, or electric windows.

The Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex is a very different potato-based snack. This version is much faster and more fuel efficient. As such, it reaches 62mph in 12.3 seconds and averages a mighty 80.7mpg. Emissions are lower too, so it can be taxed for free. This £14,900 run-around also has gadgets such as MP3 connectivity and electric front windows. Unlike its sibling there is an options list too, so buyers can specify air-con and Bluetooth. As is often the case - you get what you pay for. Now, who fancies some chips?

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By Stephen Turvil
Oct 17, 2011