Vauxhall Corsa GSI 2018

New 150hp Vauxhall Corsa GSi prices from £18,995

Vauxhall Corsa GSI 2018The exceptional value of the new Ford Fiesta ST has been highlighted once again by a rival. Earlier, Suzuki baffled hot hatch fans by revealing the new Swift Sport costs from £17,999. Now, Vauxhall has just announced prices for the new Corsa GSi, which start from… £18,995.

That’s the same as the entry-level cost of a Fiesta ST. Which has 50hp more and is a bona finde hot hatch rather than the ageing warm hatch Vauxhall.

Vauxhall Corsa GSI 2018

Vauxhall’s ambitious pricing for the weedy GSi is compounded when you compare performance figures. The 1.4-litre turbo Corsa GSi does 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds and will hot 129mph flat-out. The 1.5-litre turbo Fiesta ST does 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and can hit 144mph.  

The two cars are reasonably well spec-matched, too: both get 17-inch alloys, touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – and while Recaro seats are standard on the Fiesta, they’re £1,900 more on the Corsa, as part of the GSi Plus pack that also includes 18-inch alloys, leather and bi-xenon headlights.

A Fiesta ST-3, which includes 18-inch alloys and even more kit, costs from £21,495.

Vauxhall says ordering for the new Corsa GSi is open now, with first deliveries due from September 2018.