Vauxhall has launched the new Corsa in UK dealers with prices starting from £8,995 – and it claims list prices are up to £3,000 cheaper than the recall-hit current model.
The budget-priced entry-level car is offered in high-value Sting trim, one of nine model lines offered in the new Corsa range. Vauxhall says this has been simplified, but only slightly, from the previous 10-strong line-up.
There are now 9 trims instead.
More significantly, the number of variants has been cut, by half. The confusing plethora of Corsa versions is no more, which should make it easier for both retail and fleet buyers to track down the best spec. This may have helped retained values too, which Vauxhall says should rise by more than £1,000 over three years/60,000 miles.
There are some surprising additions to the standard spec list of all new Corsa – a heated windscreen is one, electric door mirrors are another. They join six airbags, electric front windows, stability control, hill start assist and a fully adjustable steering column on all Corsa.
The £8,995 entry-level Sting adds USB connectivity, cruise control, remote stereo controls, six speakers, leather steering wheel plus LED running lights, body-colour doorhandles, 16-inch white alloy wheels and white stripes on the bonnet, roof and tailgate.
Not for you? The £10,995 Sting R swaps them to black, fits black alloy wheels and, inside, a VX-Line flat-bottom steering wheel. Other variants include Excite, Limited Edition, Design, SRi, SRi VX-Line and SE. T
Engine choices are as myriad as the trim line-up. The weak old 1.2-litre 70hp motor is the new entry-level unit, with a more powerful 90hp ecoFlex 1.4-litre alternative. Star motor is the new 1.0-litre direct injection turbo three-cylinder engine, producing 115hp.
Above the 1.0-litre sits a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, and two 1.3-litre CDTi turbodiesels producing either 75hp or 95hp.
“The all-new Corsa range offers the perfect combination of refreshed design, class-leading specification, vastly improved driving dynamics and cutting-edge powertrain technology,” said Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director.
On sale from today (Wednesday 8 October), first deliveries of the new Corsa will be in Vauxhall dealers from early 2015.