Corsa of­fers com­fort and joy

Cynon Valley - - MOTOR WALES - PETER HAY­WARD news­[email protected]­line.co.uk

APART FROM the GSi and VXR at the top of the range, most Vaux­hall Cor­sas built be­tween 2014 and 2018 of­fer fairly lowly per­for­mance.

But that means they come with low in­sur­ance com­pared to some com­peti­tors, so that the 1.2 and 1.4-litre 75bhp en­gined mod­els are as low as group 3.

This ver­sion of the Corsa is good look­ing in both three and five-door forms and it has de­cent in­te­rior space with com­fort and re­fine­ment.

All are good to drive be­cause of that com­fort­able ride and de­cent noise in­su­la­tion, de­spite the quite lowly per­for­mance from the cheaper mod­els.

In the lat­est re­vamp launched this year, there are no diesels, but among the wide choice of en­gines from 2014 to 2018 was an im­pres­sive 1.3-litre diesel with 73 or 95bhp, and ca­pa­ble of 74mpg.

Petrol power units start with a 69bhp 1.2-litre and its gov­ern­ment av­er­age is 52mpg. This is fol­lowed by a 1.4 with ei­ther 75 or 88bhp that is slightly more eco­nom­i­cal and im­proves on ac­cel­er­a­tion.

Lat­terly there were also two ver­sions of a 1.4 turbo with ei­ther 100 or 150bhp and ca­pa­ble of 55 and 48mpg re­spec­tively.

Fi­nally, there is a three cylin­der 1.0-litre turbo with 90 or 113bhp and it has an of­fi­cial fig­ure of 57mpg.

Ob­vi­ously, these last three en­gines of­fer the best of per­for­mance. The 100bhp 1.4T reaches 62mph from stand­still in 10.9 sec­onds, while the 150bhp model does it in 8.6 sec­onds.

Both are smooth and peppy, but so is the 1.0-litre and the 113bhp ver­sion does the 62mph sprint in 10.3 sec­onds.

How­ever, most mod­els will have ei­ther the 69bhp 1.2 or the non-turbo 1.4-litre.

The 1.2 takes a pedestrian 15.8 sec­onds to get to 62mph, while the best the 1.4 can man­age is 13.1 sec­onds.

Some mod­els have sports sus­pen­sion and this can spoil the oth­er­wise good ride, while they might im­prove the looks to some eyes, larger wheels and tyres – above 16 inches – also have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on com­fort.

The Corsa is of­ten among the top sell­ers in the sales charts so there are plenty to choose from both in the deal­ers and pri­vately.

Only con­sider the very best pris­tine ex­am­ples with full ser­vice his­tory and don’t be bam­boo­zled by the large num­ber of spe­cial edi­tions.

This Corsa was a big step for­ward from the pre­vi­ous model in that it had a stiffer chas­sis and body and pre­cise and di­rect elec­tric power steer­ing.

It’s nim­ble and safe through cor­ners, with ex­cel­lent grip and tena­cious road hold­ing al­lied to neu­tral han­dling.

In­side, there is loads of seat ad­just­ment for the driver and a fold­ing rear seat to get larger items in more eas­ily.

De­sign mod­els and those above have the easy to use Vaux­hall In­tellilink touch screen for me­dia, sat nav where fit­ted, USB con­nec­tion and Blue­tooth.

There are eight trim lev­els plus all the spe­cial edi­tions and most come with a good level of equip­ment.

All have cruise con­trol and a very use­ful heated wind­screen for the win­ter months. Base Ac­tive also comes with re­mote lock­ing, elec­tric front win­dows, hill start as­sist, al­loy wheels and USB and Blue­tooth con­nec­tions.

En­ergy mod­els add air con, the In­tellilink touch screen with Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto, heated front seats and a heated steer­ing wheel, au­to­matic lights and wipers and elec­tric mir­rors.

Pay about £4,500 for a ’14 14-reg 1.2 De­sign three door, or £7,300 for a ’16 16-reg 1.0 turbo SE five door.

Vaux­hall Corsa

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