Vauxhall’s Corsa is set to sell more sub-125g cars than any other model range in the UK next year thanks to significant efficiency gains in its engine line up. Better still, buyers will benefit from zero VED on all manual Corsa models from next April.
The ultra-economical engines – all of which, bar the VXR model, exceed 50mpg combined when fitted with a manual gearbox – are joined by a raft of improvements to the Corsa’s chassis, boosting its driver appeal still further.
While the economy star of the range is the new 95PS diesel ecoFLEX model, which achieves 76.3mpg on the combined cycle (and 88.3mpg on the extra urban cycle), each of the Corsa’s petrol engines is now more economical, yet more powerful. The 1.0-litre now produces 65PS (up 5PS), yet emits just 117g of CO2, dropping it two VED bands and meaning that owners now pay just £35 per year in road tax, down from £120, and none at all from next April.
The Corsa’s 85PS 1.2-litre petrol has also dropped a VED band and gained 5PS in power, while the 1.4-litre – which now produces 100PS, up 10PS over the current model – has dropped two bands and sips just 51.4mpg, up from 46.3mpg for the existing model.
Reinforcing the 98g, zero-VED ecoFLEX model in the Corsa’s diesel range is a 75PS version of the same 1.3 CDTi, emitting 114g/km, and a more powerful 1.7 CDTi which now produces 130PS, yet drops 12g/km in CO2 emissions. A new eco gearshift indicator housed within the instrument cluster is available on most models in the range.
But running costs and emissions are not the only weapons in the revised Corsa’s armoury. To maintain the Corsa’s incredible success in the small car class, Vauxhall’s engineers have made important revisions to the car’s steering and suspension set-ups. Softer springs have been employed in the front suspension, mated to an anti-roll bar with new bushes and an increased diameter, improving ride and control characteristics.
Complementing this are revised damper settings all round, an optional re-tuned ESP system and enhanced steering geometry, ensuring that the revised Corsa is as pleasurable to drive as it is economical to own.
Completing the package of changes to Vauxhall’s biggest selling car, is a long list of features which have now been added as standard to key models in the range. The SE, SXi and SRi now get cruise control and an on-board computer at no extra charge, while the SRi – which now starts at a lower price point – also gets revised suspension settings, air conditioning, 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a VXR styling kit included in its price.
But the SE also packs a standard feature unique in this class: a heated leather steering wheel, complemented by heated front seats, giving owners a feeling of opulence normally reserved for those who drive behind a Flying B or Spirit of Ecstasy!
Prices start at £10,285 for the Corsa S 1.0 65PS ecoFLEX 3-door, rising to £17,155 for the VXR 1.6i 16v Turbo.
Model designation revisions
Life becomes S
Club becomes Exclusiv
Design becomes SE
SXi and SRi remain unchanged