Vauxhall Corsa Review, Specs & Performance

The Vauxhall Corsa has a well-earned reputation for being a practical small family car that's great fun to drive and is cheap to run. There is plenty of equipment fitted as standard and it's a sound choice for those wanting a car that is easy to live with and is reliable.

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Overview of the Vauxhall Corsa

The ever-popular Vauxhall Corsa was re-launched with an all-new offering in 2020, and it's one of the UK's bestselling cars – and now includes the all-electric Corsa-e.

The new Corsa supermini is an impressive contract hire creation, with low running costs and it's still a great car to drive.

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa in a nutshell

Corsa shares the same underpinnings as the Peugeot 208, it's a larger car with the 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol unit producing either 74 bhp or 99 bhp delivering great performance – especially around town. There's also a very good 128 bhp engine available, and the Corsa SRi delivers a sporty performance.

Vauxhall Corsa Perfomance

One big attraction for the stylish Vauxhall Corsa is for its range of engines. The  The petrol units come with either a five- or six-speed manual gearbox, plus there's the option of a slick changing eight-speed automatic transmission.

For those wanting a diesel engine, the 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit delivers 101 bhp offers economy and performance – though it costs a lot more than the petrol engines. The new Corsa-e has an electric motor delivering 134 bhp, and it offers the fastest 0 to 62 mph sprint time of just over eight seconds.

Fuel economy for the petrol engines range from 47 to 54 mpg, while the diesel unit returns 71 mpg.

Vauxhall Corsa Equipment

The all-new Corsa launched in 2020 and is the fifth generation - it's a lighter, slightly larger version than the model it replaces, plus the all-electric Corsa-e deserves closer attention for those who are interested in a small electric car.

There are more features and equipment, and the cabin has been well-designed with good use of soft-touch materials. Indeed, it looks and feels like a sophisticated offering with a 7-inch infotainment display fitted as standard that is also smartphone compatible.

The entry-level Corsa SE gets alloy wheels, plus a trendy flat-bottomed steering wheel. The top of the range model, the Ultimate Nav, has a 10-inch display with radar cruise control and leather massaging seats.

Vauxhall Corsa Handling

There are several reasons why the Vauxhall Corsa remains one of the country's bestselling cars – and a popular car leasing opportunity - and has remained as a firm favourite with learner drivers and families alike. Not only is it a comfortable car to drive, it is also cheap to run.

Around town, the Vauxhall Corsa delivers a rewarding drive with a good stance and precise steering. The chassis deals with body lean when cornering at speed adequately, and the engines deliver good response, so the Corsa is a fun offering. In the Vauxhall Corsa-e, the experience is done in near-silence, and it's a sprightly performer – it’s also the fastest Corsa. And, as an all-electric car it is easy to live with – it’s also the cheapest version to run; there is no road tax, and it is cheap to charge the battery.

Vauxhall Corsa Safety

The Vauxhall Corsa has a four-star safety rating from Euro in Crash testing, this is partly down to the test becoming more difficult and the Corsa having better safety technology.


Essentially, the Vauxhall Corsa will be a deserved sales success, and it's worth leasing too. It delivers a refined and enjoyable supermini to enjoy, with some very clever engineering and design ideas on-board, backed-up with excellent, punchy engines.

Why not have a look at the Corsa on the official Vauxhall UK company website? Or, if you would like to consider alternatives to the Vauxhall Corsa, why not look at some of these car lease deals from First Vehicle Leasing:  The Ford Fiesta hatchback, the Hyundai i20 and the Peugeot 208 hatchback.