Out with the old and in with the new; the perennially popular Vauxhall Corsa hatchback is back, and while some things stay the same, other things have changed.
The Corsa is now in its fourth generation, and has finally shaken off the “boy racer” tag it was rather unfortunately pegged with at the turn of the Millennium. In 2016, it comes with a brand new chassis, a fresh suspension setup, as well as a three pot unit that is sure to prove a hit.
But is this car any better than, say, the Ford Fiesta? And will it remain the brand’s best-selling car? Let’s take a closer look at what it’s got to offer.
Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback Test Drive
Corsa buyers have always praised this car for the way it steers, and it’s always offered a modicum of entertainment out on the road. Vauxhall have always recognised this, and have built on its drivability. A brand new chassis underpins this mark IV variant, while its 5mm lower centre of gravity adds to its appeal behind the wheel. Newly modified suspension geometry enhances driver enjoyment, too, as does a more rigid front sub-frame.
The car comes with electrically-assisted power steering as standard, which offers a City mode that makes parking in tight spaces a bit of a dream. Comfort and Sport setups are also offered, and they come with dampers that boost your on the road experience. Internal friction, meanwhile, has been pleasingly reduced by the Vauxhall experts, and so too has understeer.
In terms of the engine line-up, the pick of the bunch this time around is going to be a three pot 1.0-litre turbo patrol power plant. Vauxhall identified petrols as the biggest seller in this sector, and have spent considerable time, effort and money on getting this engine up to scratch. It’s paid off because this unit is in fact the only 3 pot available with a balancer shaft that ensures it keeps out most vibration, hum and noise, as well as that familiar grating harshness. You can get it in either 90 or 115PS guise, but whichever you plump for you’ll get up to 170Nm of torque.
Other engines in the range include a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, as well as 1.2 and a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol units. There is also a 1.3 CDTi diesel on offer.