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VAUXHALL CORSA HATCHBACK

1.2 Turbo SE Premium 5dr

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Vauxhall's fifth generation Corsa hasn't lost that streetwise edge. June Neary checks it out

Will It Suit Me?

Out on the road, you can't help but notice the fifth generation version of Vauxhall's little Corsa supermini. In the throngs of city traffic, there is very little else that can cut its way as deftly through the queues and still leave you unruffled at the other end. The first time I met this car, it seemed to beg me to drive it and I did, with great enjoyment. This MK5 model promised to be something special from my first glimpse of it in the car park. First impressions are of a rounded, friendly look with a broader front grille than Corsas of old. The overall proportioning isn't that much of a departure. 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.

Practicalities

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. 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. There's room for two adults in the back but I struggled to fit two child seats in, plus a booster in the middle. Legroom was good but the payback for this was the smallish boot space. Still, take out the parcel shelf and you could still fit in some luggage if you needed to. The quality of materials used is leagues ahead of older Corsas and like the Astra, there's the bulletproof feeling of build quality that's as good as anything in the sector.

Behind the Wheel

You should feel at home at the wheel of this car and the engines on offer are a willing bunch. 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. 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. 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.

Value For Money

Prices have risen a bit, starting at around £15,500, but you could pay as much as around £25,000 for the full-electric version. There are four core trim level options for the Corsa this time round - 'SE', 'SRi', 'Elite Nav' and 'Ultimate'. Go for the 'SE' or 'SRi' variants and there are interim 'Nav' and 'Premium' options. You can have the 'Elite Nav' model in an upgraded 'Elite Nav Premium' state of spec too. 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.

Could I Live With One?

For day-to-day driving, this fifth generation Corsa is stronger than ever before. Overall, if you're seeking something fun, frugal and cheap to run, I can think of few better small cars.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency67.30mpg
Emissions
Emissions117.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed121mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 3.5" colour driver instrument cluster (DIC)
  • 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 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 infotainment systems with 7" touchscreen, DAB/AM/FM radio, USB/iPod, Bluetooth, Apple carplay/Android auto
  • Rear parking distance sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Start/stop system
  • Two litre open door pockets

Entertainment

  • 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

  • Automatic headlight control system
  • 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
  • Electrical adjustment, manual folding and heated outside rear view mirror
  • Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle 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
  • High gloss black finish B pillar
  • Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Manual headlamp level control
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Rear reversing lights
  • Roof antenna short rod
  • Solar absorbing front and rear side windows and tailgate
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Tailgate spoiler

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
  • Comfort front seats
  • Courtesy lights with map reading light
  • Flat bottomed leather steering wheel
  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Fresez marvel cloth upholstery
  • Front cupholder
  • Heated front seats + steering wheel
  • 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
  • Manual handbrake
  • Mistral fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • Rear cupholder
  • 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 drowsiness alert system
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • 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
  • 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
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control central locking
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap

Technical

  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Under body shield for aero

Wheels

  • 16" silver 8 spoke alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    96
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    117

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1199
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90.5
  • Engine Code
    EB2ADTD-B
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    67.3
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    78.5
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    48.7

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.2
  • Badge Power
    100
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Turbo
  • Coin Series
    SE Premium
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    16E
  • 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 60 mph (secs)
    9.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    100
  • Engine Power - KW
    74
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    151
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    205
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    121

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
    Not Available
  • 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)
    44
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1620
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1118
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    309
  • Max. Loading Weight
    530
  • Max. Roof Load
    70
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    580
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1090
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.4
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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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Sonia Smyth

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"Very professional service, great communication from start to finish. I would highly recommend."

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