Corsa 1.3 CDTi 75PS ecoFlex Limited Edition 5-door
Corsa is Vauxhalls
model and a near-permanent fixture
in the UKs
Looking good with a new face, the
hatchback range is set to
shine further thanks to some vibrant
new colours inside and out...
FOR THE EAGLE-EYED, the revamped new Corsa's standout feature is a
signature chrome bar stretching across a more prominent, wider and lower front
grille crowned with Vauxhall's new-look Griffin badge.
Framing the Corsa's new 'smiley' face are a pair of 'Eagle-Eye' headlamps. The
headlight units have a chrome finish and include daytime running lights as standard
across the range. New chrome-finished fog lamps and housings complete the picture
at the front-end.
And enhancing the Corsa's fresh look are five new exterior colours
Lime Green pearlescent and Chilli Orange metallic add some visual zing, with
Guacamole completing the pallet of all-new Vauxhall colours. Sunny Melon makes
a return to the range, while Pepperdust metallic is carried across from the
new Meriva line-up.
new colours also dominate the Corsa's interior with seat trims such as Steel
Blue and Tabasco Orange accompanied by a range of different coloured
door trims, centre consoles, air vent rings and door handles brightening
Packaging a sports
specification with a low-
emission engine is
a brave move but
a sensible one.
The customer gets a
sporty, small five-door
hatch with visual
attitude but it wont
cost a fortune in
Cabin 'kit' options include Vauxhall's new £750 Touch & Connect multi-media
system. Touch & Connect uses a five-inch touch-screen display featuring both
2D and 3D maps for the navigation system, as well as a CD/tuner, aux-in, USB
and Bluetooth mobile 'phone connectivity.
Outside, there are new 16-inch alloy wheels on both SE and SXi models, while
the 189bhp VXR runs on 18-inch alloys modelled on the design of the optional
20-inch wheels worn by the Insignia VXR.
Even before the latest exterior and interior design changes were made, the Corsa
had already benefited from a long list of significant upgrades to its chassis
and powertrains. Certain ecoFlex engines now feature Vauxhall's Start/Stop technology
which has, for instance, reduced emissions on the 93bhp 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex 3-door
model to just 94g/km and improved the Combined Cycle fuel economy to 80.7mpg.
To maintain its success in the supermini class, Vauxhall's engineers also made
important revisions to the Corsa's steering and suspension set-ups. Softer springs
were employed in the front suspension with revised damper settings, mated to
an anti-roll bar with new bushing to improve the previous 'choppy' ride and
When compared to its rivals (the Fiesta, Britain's best-selling car, the MINI,
VW Polo and Peugeot 207) the latest Corsa is best when chosen with a higher
level of specification. Low spec models are a bit short on standard-fit equipment
compared to the competition and these days it's a price-sensitive marketplace.
Vauxhall dealers are very aggressive with their pricing, so what might look
expensive on the price list shouldn't prove so costly if customers haggle hard
I have just spent a week trying the Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFlex 74bhp 5-door model
in the high level Limited Edition specification. This model is priced at £16,330
expensive on the face of it, but the informative What Car?
magazine's target price is nearly £2,000 less than that figure.
Limited Edition specification includes a full array of airbags and safety equipment,
sports front seats, AirCon, cruise control, a very good sound system with MP3
and aux-in facilities, sports suspension, dark tinted rear side and rear windows,
power front windows and door mirrors and remote control central locking with
The 1.3 CDTi engine has
a relatively low 74bhp
power output and
a top speed of 101mph
with zero to 62mph
a long 13.6 seconds.
However, officially it returns 67.3mpg
in the Combined Cycle
my test drive saw an
average, and realistic, 54.3mpg...
Also standard are daytime running lights, chrome-effect interior detailing but
with exterior body-coloured air vent rings, aluminium pedal set, front fogs,
body-colour sports front lower spoiler, side sills, rear lower skirt and rear
spoiler and a set of the most attractive 17-inch black twin-spoke alloy wheels.
This version looks and feels except for the performance
Packaging a sports specification with a low-emission engine is a brave move
but it's a sensible one. The customers get a sporty, small five-door hatch with
visual 'attitude' but it won't cost a fortune in fuel, tax or, with a group
5 rating, insurance. Should the young business entrepreneur fancy one, then
company car tax is a not very punitive 13 per cent.
The 1.3-litre CDTi engine has a relatively low 74bhp power output but with 140lb
ft of torque from 1,750rpm. With a top speed of 101mph and zero to 60mph acceleration
of a long 13.9 seconds, the emphasis is clearly on fuel frugality rather than
speed. Officially this model will return 67.3mpg in the Combined Cycle
my test drive, over all types of roads and conditions, returned an average and
realistic 54.3mpg. With CO2 emissions of 112g/km not sub-100g/km
because of the specification and weightier spacious five-door body style
the VED road tax is £0 in the First Year and then just £30 per annum.
So the specification is right, the running costs are very attractive and the
purchase price, with a bit of haggling, will get the customer a really good
looking sporty five-door hatchback.
The downside is that the 1.3-litre, four-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel engine
is noisy, very slow revving and the ride very firm because of the sports suspension
and larger wheels with lo-pro tyres. You also get a firm ride, sluggish performance,
the thick front A-pillars hinder visibility and the metal-faced rear seat backs
are not covered with boot carpeting and so can damage luggage or parcels. Consequently
it needs a hefty discounted purchase price to add icing on the cake.
Plus points include sporty good looks outside and in, a high level of specification,
low running costs with good fuel economy, low road tax, low company car tax
and low insurance costs.
Fancy one? Then drive a hard bargain with the dealer but be prepared for a hard
ride that isn't harsh on the pocket for running costs. David Miles
Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 75PS ecoFlex Limited Edition 5-door
Maximum speed: 101mph | 0-60mph: 13.9 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 74bhp | Torque: 140lb ft | CO2 112g/km