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New Vauxhall Corsa Reviewed

The new Vauxhall Corsa may be quite a revaluation for motorists who have only experienced its previous incarnation.

By Stephen Turvil
Oct 22, 2010
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The new Vauxhall Corsa may be quite a revaluation for motorists who have only experienced its previous incarnation. This is because whereas the original 1993 model has the refinement of a penny farthing and the handling characteristics of a hippo, the new version is a pretty credible little run-around.

Now, the new Vauxhall Corsa comes with a wide range of engines including the 1.4- litre 98bhp petrol unit. This, in five-speed manual form, hits 62mph in 11.3 seconds and returns a respectable combined average of 51mpg. Diesel lovers are also catered for with the 1.7-litre 123bhp model that averages 11mpg more than its petrol powered sibling, and feels considerably more flexible.

The new Corsa's handling is composed and perfectly suits town driving. This means there is decent traction for confident cornering, the brakes are good, and the ride is very comfortable. The steering is also light for easy parking, although it arguably lacks the sharpness of some of its competitors. That said, the overall driving experience is a world away from its predecessor and easily accomplished enough to satisfy most short distance drivers.

Further plus points include the Corsa's spacious cabin, its maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, and the respectable 285-litre boot. It also has standard power steering, twin air-bags, and electric front windows. High-end models also feature satellite navigation and dent minimising parking sensors. But wait - the Corsa has a very impressive party piece.

Available as an option on Exclusiv, SE, and SXi models is the excellent 'flex-fix' system. This emerges like a secret draw from the rear bumper to reveal a two bicycle carrier. Motorists then simply attach the supplied rear lights to the carrier, pop on their bikes, and head to the cycle track. Excellent.

So, how much does this likeable urban run-around cost? According to Motoring.co.uk's database, prices for the new Vauxhall Corsa start at only 6,666. That is a remarkably low price for a brand new car, so you should have plenty of spare cash for a couple of mountain bikes.

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By Stephen Turvil
Oct 22, 2010