Body: Hatchback Year: 12/12
Fuel Type: Petrol
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Quote Reference Number: 055-505362
- Insurance Group7E
- Performance (BHP)85
- Number of Seats5
- CO2 (g/km)129
- Road Tax£120
"Beautiful sporty iconic Vauxhall Corsa, the beautiful contrast between the yellow and black on this car really gives it that fantastic look and kerb appeal. Bristol Street Motors are the 6th biggest auto retailer in the UK with 124 sites nationwide so you can have the piece of mind when buying a car from us."
Ollie Bell, General Manager
- Air Conditioning
- CD Player
|Electric front windows|
|Dark tinted rear glass|
|Speed sensitive power steering|
|Service interval indicator|
|Heated door mirrors|
|Electrically adjustable door mirrors|
|Black door mirrors|
|Piano black centre console|
|Steering wheel mounted audio controls|
|Auxiliary input socket|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Chrome exhaust tailpipe|
|Sapphire black roof|
|Body colour door handles|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Body colour rear lower skirt|
|Front fog lights|
|Door to door illumination|
|Daytime running lights|
|Follow me home headlights|
|Reach + rake adjustable steering column|
|Twist cloth upholstery|
|Punch/Elba cloth upholstery|
|Chrome gear knob|
|Front reading lights|
|Technical pack - Corsa Energy|
|VXR styling pack - Corsa|
|Technical pack - Corsa|
|Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags|
|Front passenger airbag deactivation|
|Three rear inertia reel lap/diagonal seatbelts|
|Height adjustable driver's seat|
|Front sports seats|
|Front seat back map pockets|
|Remote central deadlocking|
|Wheels - Alloy|
|17" Black alloy wheels|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Tyre repair kit|
The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.
Ten Second Review
In improved third generation guise, Vauxhall's Corsa supermini finally justifies its strong sales figures on genuine merit, good looks and slick design also matched in this version by more efficient engines and a sharper driving experience.
Over the last few years, we've had to change our perceptions of exactly what a small little hatchback - a supermini - actually is. After all, the small urban runabout role models like this used to perform is now covered by smaller citycars, leaving today's supermini as a much more grown-up thing, safer, more spacious and able to cover longer distances. But as any teenager will tell you, being grown-up can also mean being boring. At its launch in 2007, this third generation Vauxhall Corsa wasn't alone in offering a larger-car feel but without the kind of spark and vitality that once made small cars like this so much fun. And that wasn't something that Vauxhall could afford to leave alone in the face of competition from an arch-rival as dynamically-adept as Ford's Fiesta. Hence this improved version with its sharper responses, introduced at the same time as engine tweaks have made the Corsa line-up one of the most fuel-efficient and eco-conscious choices in its class.
There's never been too much wrong with the way a Corsa responds: it just wasn't anything out of the ordinary. And with 'ordinary' being something that Vauxhall isn't too comfortable with these days, things had to change. With this improved third generation model, that seems to be happening. The enhancements themselves don't sound too huge - tweaked power steering for more driving 'feel', plus revisions to springs, dampers and anti-roll bars - but together, they add up to quite a lot. Not quite enough to make this as sharp as a Fiesta but very close while, at the same time, providing a more relaxed, family-friendly drive. The improvements to the 'driving experience' are significant. The previously over-light electric power steering now decently communicates what the front wheels are doing. As for the spring and damper tweaks, the chassis feels slightly more supple than before, the ride remains on the firm side. Vauxhall has re-fettled virtually all the engines on offer. Which is perhaps just as well in the case of the necessary in case of the1.2-litre petrol unit under the bonnet of the model driven here which previously would have sometimes struggled a little faced with the task of hauling up to 1244kgs of fully-laden Corsa. A small but useful 5PS improvement now gives an output of 85PS which makes progress a little more relaxed.
Design and Build
The third generation Corsa has real visual impact. Though it shares its platform, suspension and steering with Fiat's Grande Punto, there's a very different look and feel, the front end featuring a deep Vauxhall V-grille with aggressive air intakes under the bumper and a pair of headlamps that smear back along the wings. Though both three and five-door bodystyles occupy pretty much the same footprint on the road, Vauxhall has tried to give them each their own separate appeal, though the three-door tested here does look a little sleeker with its rear wheelarch bulges and raked rear window. Inside there's a solid Germanic quality to its build combined with slick design that catches the eye. There are classy touches like the translucent ambient lighting on the window switches and centre console buttons - though it's a pity you only get this (and more important features like height adjustment for the seat and reach adjustment for the steering wheel) on plusher versions. In the back, there's plenty of room for two fully-grown adults, though in three-door form as tested the ambience can be a little claustrophobic. There's a reasonable 285-litres of bootspace with all the seats in place. If that isn't enough, then of course there's the usual option of the rear bench forward (it's split-folding unless you're in a really basic version), which in this case frees up 1100-litres of luggage space.
Market and Model
History has taught us that UK car buyers quite like Vauxhall superminis and one reason why lies with their affordability. List figures suggest that you'll be paying somewhere in the £12,000 to £15,000 bracket for your 1.2-litre Corsa, with a premium of just over £400 if you want five-doors rather than three. Under the bonnet of both three and five-door models, petrol people will mainly be choosing between a 65PS 1.0-litre, this model's 85PS 1.2 and a 100PS 1.4 - though there is still a frantic 192PS VXR model for hot hatch fans. Diesel drivers meanwhile who are agonising between 75 and 90PS versions of Vauxhall's familiar 1.3 CDTi unit should instead in my view be directed towards the greener and more powerful 95PS ecoFLEX variant. There's also a 1.7-litre CDTi 130PS diesel. You'll need a reasonable level of spec for a reasonable level of equipment, but all models do come with a CD stereo, remote central locking and electric mirrors. Of course on plusher trim levels or on the options list, there's a whole rosta of 'big car-style' equipment, including headlamps that follow you round corners and a clever Enhanced Understeer Control system. One really neat option is a Flex-Fit integrated bike rack that slides out of the rear bumper. Safety-wise, there's a minimum of two airbags - and six on most models - though you've to pay extra for ESP stability control.
Cost of Ownership
Across the range, Corsas are over 13% more frugal than they used to be - and greener too, with most of the engines on offer emitting less than 125g/km of CO2. Indeed, Vauxhall reckons it sells more sub-125g/km cars than any other brand. The economy star is this car, the 95PS 1.3-litre CDTi ecoFLEX diesel model. It manages up to 76.3mpg on the combined cycle and puts out just 98g/km of CO2, plus it's much cheaper than a comparable Ford Fiesta ECOnetic: enough said. If you'd prefer a petrol, you'll be pleased to find that both the 1.0 and this 1.2-litre variant are now in more affordable VED tax bands, the 1.2-litre emitting 124g/km of CO2 and returning 53.3mpg on the combined cycle. Even the petrol 1.4 model is capable of over the 50mpg, managing 51.4mpg on the combined cycle. And, like most of the other models in the range, it comes with an eco gearshift indicator built into the instrument cluster to prompt you when to change gear for the best economy returns. Residual values won't be amongst the strongest, but you can balance that against the sharp deal you'll probably get up-front. Insurance groupings are between 2 and 8 for mainstream models.
Dark tinted rear glass, ABS+EBA, Sports suspension, Progressive power assisted steering, Service interval indicator, Heated door mirrors, Piano black centre console, Steering wheel mounted audio controls...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||13.6|
|Engine Power - BHP||85|
|Engine Power - KW||63|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||5600|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||85|
|Engine Torque - MKG||11.8|
|Engine Torque - NM||115|
|Engine Torque - RPM||4000|
|CO2 (g/km)||129 (g/km)|
|Noise Level dB(A)||71|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 5|
|EC Combined (mpg)||51.4|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||62.8|
|EC Urban (mpg)||39.2|
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