Vauxhall sales have been under the cosh in recent years, but the Corsa still helps it maintain a place in the UK top 10 best-sellers chart. As a replacement for the ageing supermini is still some way off, Vauxhall has taken an axe to both its model range and its prices.
Motorists can now pick up a 75hp 1.4-litre Corsa Active three-door for just £11,250, which looks a bit of a steal alongside a 70hp 1.1-litre Ford Fiesta Style three-door; that retails for £13,715.
Want a Corsa with air con? Move up to Design – and even this undercuts the base-spec Fiesta: it is priced at £12,975 as a three-door, £13,575 as a five-door. It also includes a big touchscreen that incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which has quickly become a must-have amongst younger new car drivers.
For further proof of how sharp the Corsa’s new prices are, look at the facelifted Hyundai i20 range we reported on earlier this week – a base 75hp 1.2-litre S costs… £13,995, and the next-cheapest after that is £15,495.
Other Corsa variants include Energy, Sport, SRI Nav, SE Nav and SRI VX Nav Black (the latter trim proving that old habits of ultra-confusing model names die hard at Vauxhall).
It’s bundled a load of flash extras into a new Lux pack, which costs £1,550 on SE Nav models. It includes things such as climate control, dark rear glass, rear-view camera, 17-inch diamond cut alloys “and more”.
All 2018 Corsas are now compliant with new WLTP fuel economy regulations; the 1.4-litre engine does up to 50.4mpg and most of the range emits 130g/km CO2.
Notably, there’s not a single diesel Corsa on sale: it’s a choice of 75hp or 90hp 1.4-litre non-turbo petrol or a 100hp 1.4-litre turbo, and that’s it. It seems Chris Grayling didn’t speak up soon enough to save the Corsa diesel…