Silverstone Fleet Management

VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK

1.2 SE Nav 5dr

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With a little Gallic assistance, Vauxhall has rejuvanted its Corsa supermini to make sure it stays relevant to buyers in this crowded market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Vauxhall's Corsa has always been a well-priced, practical supermini but it's usually been let down by distinctively average engines, a bit of a weight problem, less than cutting-edge technology and the lack of the kind of spark that would endear you to the thing. All stuff that Vauxhall reckons has been sorted in this fifth generation version. We'll see. The key boxes certainly seem to have been ticked here. Vauxhall is merely an Anglo/Teutonic outpost of the French PSA Peugeot/Citroen conglomerate these days, so it's not surprising to find this MK5 model Corsa pretty much completely based on the second generation Peugeot 208 announced at about the same time. Which means that this car will get that one's battery full-electric tech too - enter the Corsa-e. Most Corsa buyers though, will continue to want a fossil-fuelled lump beneath the bonnet. Vauxhall's also promising a big step up in provision when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, 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. Here, there's a gutsier 205Nm of torque, which will mean easier mid-range overtaking and less of a need to 'row' the car along with the 6-speed gear lever in town. Alternatively with this 100PS drivetrain, there's the option of an auto transmission - and a very sophisticated one with 8-speeds which includes steering wheel paddleshifters. You have to have this auto if you go for the top 1.2 130PS variant. 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, thanks to a plump 250Nm torque output. 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.

Design and Build

The idea this time round with the Corsa is to strike a better balance between sportiness and comfort, thanks to a re-designed body shell and new aluminium engines. There are lighter underpinnings too, based on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) platform this car shares with the latest Peugeot 208. Despite this, 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. Visually, the standard Corsa is virtually identical to the electric 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.

Market and Model

If you'd got used to Corsa pricing for base models being in the £11,000 to £13,500 bracket (which is where it's been in recent times), you might need a cup of hot sweet tea after perusal of the figures being asked for this fifth generation French-inspired version, which start from around £16,500 for the feeblest 1.2-litre base-spec petrol variant. And even if you avoid the all-electric Corsa-e, it's still possible to pay as much as £28,000 for the ritziest-trimmed petrol model. Five doors are now standard (which partly explains the price rise), the three-door body style of previous models being deemed no longer necessary. For the Corsa-e, you're looking at needing to find around £26,500 as a starting point, after deduction of the £3,000 government plug-in car grant. There are eight core trim level options for the Corsa - 'SE', 'SE Premium', 'SRi', 'SRi Premium', 'Elite', 'Elite Nav', 'Elite Nav Premium' and 'Ultimate Nav'. 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.

Cost of Ownership

Huge efforts have gone in here to improve running cost efficiency by saving weight. As a result, expect the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variants that many will want to be very acceptably clean and frugal. With the 100hp model, you can expect to manage around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and return a CO2 reading not much over 100g/km, which is pretty good going for a car in this segment. The 1.5-litre diesel version of course does much better. Over 60mpg on the combined cycle should be eminently achievable, along with a sub-100g/km of CO2 reading. But of course if you're really interested in ecological efficiency, there'll be just one variant of this car that'll interest you, the all-electric Corsa-e. For this derivative, Vauxhall claims a WLTP-rated driving range between charges of 211 miles. And fast charging at the rate of 100kW is available via a CCS socket hidden behind the fuel cap, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes. If you install a wallbox at home, you can recharge the battery from empty in around five hours if you have an 11kW electricity supply - or in around eight hours with a 7.4kW supply. Bear in mind that the Corsa-e is around 350kgs heavier than the ordinary version.

Summary

Ultimately, what we're looking at here is a Corsa that can. It can be fun to drive. It can deliver a big car feel. And it can stack up well on the balance sheet. It's a small Vauxhall for which no apologies need to be made. All that will worry obvious supermini rivals. After all, this model's predecessor lacked a little in all of these areas, yet still racked up very respectable sales against them. This MK5 version's still very competitively priced, but has become a contender in this segment that sells on more than just sheer value. It's not perfect of course. It doesn't lead its class in terms of either space, efficiency or driving dynamics. And more work is still needed under the bonnet to deliver an engine range in which all the options are as good as the mid-range three cylinder turbo petrol unit. The key though, is that this Vauxhall is now there, or thereabouts, in the three key areas I've just mentioned. Add to that the wide model line-up and the likely deals on offer and you've a supermini that more than ever, needs to remain high on any family's shopping list.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency68.90mpg
Emissions
Emissions125.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed108mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 3.5" colour driver instrument cluster (DIC)
  • 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
  • Frequencies rating 433 MHZ
  • 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 info system with 7" touchscreen,Sat-Nav,European coverage,2D/3D street map,bluetooth audio stream/Apple carplay/Android auto
  • Service indicator
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Speed 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

  • Auto headlamps (on/off)
  • Black grained finish front grille
  • Black window side moulding
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Body colour roof + door mirrors
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Centre Rear Brake Lights
  • Chrome logo bar
  • Comfort body kit
  • Electrical adjustment, manual folding and heated outside rear view mirror
  • Front power windows with express up/down and anti-pinch function
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Headlamps for left side traffic
  • High beam assist
  • Inside rear view mirror tiltable day/night folder
  • Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Manual headlamp level control
  • Manual rear windows
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Rear reversing lights
  • Roof antenna short rod
  • Solar absorbing front and rear side windows and tailgate
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Tail lamp base bulb
  • Tailgate spoiler
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Variable delay windshield pulse wiper system

Interior Features

  • 12V power sockets
  • 2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with silver painted bezel + IRC
  • 4 speed fan with illuminated controls
  • 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
  • Air conditioning with air recirculation facility
  • Base middle console
  • Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Comfort front seats
  • Courtesy lights with map reading light
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Fresez marvel cloth upholstery
  • Front cupholder
  • Front driver and co-driver side articulated grab handles
  • Height adjustable head restraints
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • IP plastic insert single piece
  • Jet black door panels on door trim
  • Legroom rear heater
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • Rear cupholder
  • Refrigerant low GWP
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
  • 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 airbag
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Full size curtain airbags
  • Hill hold and start system
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Manual parking brake
  • Passenger airbag
  • Single tone horn
  • Traction control
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

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

Technical

  • Chassis equipment front strut assembly
  • Chassis equipment rear axle compound crank
  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Ride and handling manual electronic controlled
  • Standard chassis suspension system ride handling
  • Under body shield for aero

Trim

  • Mistral facia

Wheels

  • 16" Design-2, 4 double spoke silver alloy wheels

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    93
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    125

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1199
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    68.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    76.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    58.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    52.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    47.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    55.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.2
  • Badge Power
    75
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    SE Nav
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    10E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    84
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    86
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    4
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    66
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    69
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • 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 62 mph (secs)
    13.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    75
  • Engine Power - KW
    55
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    87
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    12
  • Engine Torque - NM
    118
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2750
  • Top Speed
    108

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    195/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    4 DOUBLE SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1433
  • Length
    4060
  • Wheelbase
    2538
  • Width
    1765
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1960

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1550
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1015
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    309
  • Max. Loading Weight
    495
  • Max. Roof Load
    70
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    500
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1055
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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Customer Reviews

   
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."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

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"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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