The ever popular Vauxhall Corsa was back this year with its fourth generation. Coming with a new chassis and a fresher suspension set up, the Corsa gave its rivals, the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo a serious run for their money.
But what is just so special about the latest Vauxhall Corsa? In this article, I’m going to talk you through the top features that I think make the Corsa stand out from the rest.
It should be noted, before I start, that not all of these products come as standard, and you may have to pay extra for them. If in doubt, contact a dealership or your vehicle broker and they will be able to provide additional information.
1) New technology
One of the first things that caught my eye with the new Corsa was the amount of technology that came with the car.
Things such as hill start assist, advanced park assist, side blind spot detection and lane departure warnings are all featured in the 2016 Corsa. The advanced park assist is probably the feature that impressed me the most as it is able to find parking spots as you drive past them and then steers it into the space. No more praying to the parking fairy!
You can also opt for cornering lights, these turn in the direction your heading at low speeds as well as when you’re reversing at night. This is one of many new safety features, but we’ll discuss that in more detail further down the list.
2) New safety features
Cars are becoming increasingly safer to drive now, with many cars being filled with all sorts of technology designed to keep you and your passengers safe. The front and rear safety cameras include features such as;
- Traffic sign recognition
- Forward collision alerts
- Following distance indication
- Lane departure warnings
- High beam assist
3) The infotainment system
The interior is one of the things that I think makes the Corsa stand out from its competitors. Soft touch plastics and well insulated, the interior of the Corsa is one of the best in its class. And, if you go for a higher spec car, you’ll get extra silver trim and grey-metallic painted finish.
It also comes with the brand’s high-tech IntelliLink 7” touchscreen.
This allows you to access your device media and the built-in apps, which you can get via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Siri Eyes Free is even integrated into the Corsa. This means that you can make and receive calls, audibly receive notifications and select and play music all through a button on your steering wheel.
Interestingly, a big update for Android Auto this year was that means you can include ‘hot words’. What are ‘hot words’? They’re essentially words that can initiate searches or orders without having to hit the button, or use the touch screen. Pretty impressive, right?
And finally, Vauxhall OnStar. This is a feature that I feel is pretty invaluable, and is well worth the extra cost. You are the only one that can use Vauxhall OnStar, and provides you with key information about your car as well as providing features that can only serve to improve your life.
These include turning your car into a Wi-Fi Hotspot and a Smartphone App that enables you to unlock your car without the keys – ideal for when you accidentally leave them in a locked car. You can ask your car to give you a diagnostic report at any time, or receive an email every month from OnStar with this key information. Pretty handy.
Other vital features include an automatic crash response. In the event of an accident, the system will alert an OnStar advisor, who will as assess the situation and if need be, notify emergency services with your exact GPS location.
Another feature that could come in handy, though you also hope it never will, is stolen vehicle assistance. Call your OnStar advisor and they will track it and recover it. Boom.
So, those are my top features in the new Vauxhall Corsa. As I mentioned before, not all of these come as standard and you may have to pay extra for these features. But, if it will improve your driving experience, it might well be worth it.