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VAUXHALL CORSA-E ELECTRIC HATCHBACK

100kW Elite Nav Premium 50kWh 5dr Auto [7.4kWCh]

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You can choose to have Vauxhall's smallest model in battery-powered form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the Corsa-e.

Background

Supermini-sized full-electric cars haven't generally been very credible to date, with one or two notable exceptions. But times are changing. Pretty soon, most volume brand manufacturers are going to be offering little EVs with the kind of driving range you once had to pay luxury money for. Vauxhall has found itself in the vanguard of this change courtesy of the borrowed PSA Group technology we first saw in the Peugeot e-208 and the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. It appears in this car, the Corsa-e, the Griffin brand's very first Zero Emissions model.

Driving Experience

Here, as with this model's cousin the Peugeot e-208, a 50kWh lithium-ion battery is mated to a 100kW electric motor putting out 136PS and working through the usual single-speed auto transmission you get with EVs. Like all electric vehicles, this one develops all its torque at once and simply hurls itself away from rest (the 30mph mark is reached in just 2.1s and 60mph is crested in only 7.6s), disguising the fact that (also like all EVs) this Zero Emissions variant has a bit of a weight problem - that drivetrain adds over 300kgs of bulk. That other small battery-powered little hatches manage this issue a little better is evidenced by the fact that the Corsa-e's WLTP-rated 209 mile driving range is easily improved upon by the latest versions of the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3. Still, all of this does represent a brave new world for forward-thinking supermini buyers looking to make the (still rather expensive) switch into all-electric motoring; it seems like only yesterday, after all, that a fully-charged small EV could only manage around half the kind of range you get from this one. Of course, you certainly won't achieve anything like that kind of operating capability if you get anywhere near this EV's quoted 93mph top speed. Or if you habitually drive your Corsa-e in the 'Sport' setting that'll be necessary to release to full 136PS power output just mentioned. The quoted range figure will only be distantly possible if you instead engage a somewhat restrictive 'Eco' mode that drops power output right down to 83PS.

Design and Build

Visually, this electric Corsa is virtually identical to the combustion-engined version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs. 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. 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. Both monitors deliver the expected smartphone-mirroring functionality and of course there's navigation too - which is optional with the smaller screen. Avoid entry-level trim and you'll find another 7-inch digital display featuring with virtual dials in the instrument binnacle. Build quality doesn't match the highest standards in this class, but ergonomically, there's not much to fault. The seats are supportive, nothing's irritatingly awkward to get to and everything's exactly where you expect it to. Rear seat space is a bit cramped but boot room is the same as with the combustion-engined versions - 309-litres, extendable to 1,118-litres when you fold the rear bench.

Market and Model

For this all-electric Corsa-e, there are three available trim levels - 'SE Nav Premium', 'SRi Nav Premium' and 'Elite Nav Premium' - and you'll be paying in the £26,500 to £31,000 bracket, once the available £2,500 government Plug-in grant has been deducted from the mildly alarming initial asking price. This means, that, rather bravely, Vauxhall has priced the base Corsa-e around £600 above the entry-level 'Active'-spec version of its Peugeot e-208 cousin. And a top-spec 'GT'-spec e-208 will also save you around £600 over a top 'Elite Nav Premium'-spec Corsa-e. Which is interesting positioning given that the two products are basically the same. Both the Corsa-e and the e-208 make more sense as Evs than another key Zero Emissions small car rival at this price point, the MINI Electric. That MINI's priced from around £28,000 and has a much lower operating range, a three-door-only body style and a tiny boot - plus it would probably cost around £3,000 more when equipped to a similar standard. There aren't really any other direct all-electric small hatch options. You can get battery-powered versions of the Volkswagen up! and the SEAT Mii from around £20,000, but they're all smaller city cars. A battery-powered family hatch like a Kia e-Niro would cost around £30,000 and Renault ZOE R135 around £29,000.

Cost of Ownership

If you're a Corsa-e owner, you'll need to know that getting anywhere near the quoted 209 mile WLTP-rated range figure will necessitate staying in the powertrain's provided 'Eco' mode - activating its 'Sport' mode setting will reduce your range by around 10%. What about charging times? Well, using the 7kW wallbox you'll need to get installed in your garage as a Corsa-e owner, a full charge from empty will take seven and-a-half hours. If when you're out and about, you find a public 50kW Rapid Charger, the replenishment time to charge from 15 to 80% is 45 minutes. If you're fortunate enough to find a 100kW Rapid Charger, that falls to 30 minutes. If the charger in question is a 22kW accelerated public charger, then the replenishment time will vary depending on whether you've paid a little extra to get the Corsa-e's standard 7.4kW on-board charger upgraded to 11kW spec. If you do that, you can reduce the 5 hour replenishment time with this kind of charger to 3 hours and 20 minutes. At the point of purchase of a Corsa-e, Vauxhall will throw in a free six month subscription to BP Chargemaster's Polar Network, which after that point would, at the time of this test, cost you £7.85 a month.

Summary

We're still at the stage at which you have to be pretty sold on the EV concept to choose a car like this. Vauxhall says its goal is to reach a stage where the overall full-life cost of a Corsa-e (taking into account purchase price or leasing costs, plus charging fees) is approximately the same as what you'd pay to run a well-specified petrol automatic variant. Well we're some way off that at present but it'll happen sooner or later. For the time being, this is pretty much state of the art in terms of full-electric small cars. Yes, you can get the same technology in a Peugeot e-208 or a DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. And yes, other compact EVs like the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3 will take you a little further on a single charge. But this Vauxhall will reach a far wider audience than any of the models just mentioned. It will play a key part in democratising the idea of a supermini EV. And that makes it a very important car indeed.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed93mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" TFT instrument cluster
  • Auto tele unit 3S vehicle communication system
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Electric power steering
  • Engine oil life indicator
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front camera system
  • Front pedestrian detection BASIS
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • Lane departure warning with lane assist
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Multimedia Nav pro info system 10" touchscreen,Sat-Nav,European coverage,2D/3D street map,Bluetooth audio stream/Apple carplay/Android auto
  • Panoramic rear view camera
  • Service indicator
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Two litre open door pockets
  • USB with iPod control
  • Vauxhall connect box

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
  • Six speakers
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls

Exterior Features

  • A pillar in black
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Black roof and door mirrors
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Centre Rear Brake Lights
  • Chrome effect lower side window mouldings
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Dark tinted rear side windows + tailgate window
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows
  • Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Headlamps for left side traffic
  • High beam assist
  • High gloss black finish B pillar
  • Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
  • IntelliLux Matrix LED Headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Rear reversing lights
  • Roof antenna short rod
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Sports tailgate spoiler
  • Uplevel LED tail lamp

Interior Features

  • 12V power sockets
  • 2 layer paint IP insert signature wings colour galvano innovation
  • 2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with silver painted bezel + IRC
  • 6 way manual co-driver fore/aft, up/down with reclining seatback
  • 6 way manual fore/aft, up/down with reclining driver seatback
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Auto single zone electronic climate control - sensor air moisture W/S temp, air/pollutant/odour filter
  • Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
  • Comfort front seats
  • Courtesy lights with map reading light
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Front cupholder
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Heated front seats + steering wheel
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Imagination captain blue morrocana/mistral upholstery
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Legroom rear heater
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
  • Six speed fan with illuminated controls
  • Sunshades with vanity mirror on driver and passenger side
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • Cornering brake control
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
  • Drag torque control
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electric handbrake
  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • Electrically operated parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Hill hold and start system
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • 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
  • Traction control
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control security alarm system
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap

Technical

  • 7.4kW 1-Phase On-Board Charger
  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Under body shield for aero

Wheels

  • 17" Bi-color alloy wheel
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    50
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    22
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    15-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    15-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    45
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    15-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    30
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    16.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    16.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    16.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.8
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    417
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max
    412
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Min
    417
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    336
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    328
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    336
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    259
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max
    256
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min
    259
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    209
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    204
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    209

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Elite Nav Prem [7k]
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    25E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    16000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 60 mph (secs)
    7.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3673
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    192
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    26.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    260
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    300
  • Top Speed
    93

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1433
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4060
  • Wheelbase
    2538
  • Width
    1765
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1960

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1916
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1118
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    309
  • Max. Loading Weight
    386
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1530
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

"in the last week"

Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"2 months ago"

Jen Lamplough

Jen Lamplough

"Excellent friendly, advice when helping me to choose a new electric vehicle. Customer service has been great thank you :)"

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Craig Ablett

Craig Ablett

"The whole team at SFM have been great from start to finish! Aby talked me through lots of options before I finally made a choice and ordered. Holly has kept me updated through out and been on hand to answer any questions I have had. Scott also spent time with me and rid me of my range anxiety going across to a full EV. I would highly recommend getting in touch with SFM for any of your car needs."

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