Sunday, 14 August 2022

Corsa’s reddy to soak up all the industry plaudits

VAUXHALL’S tried and tested Corsa picked up a top award at Fleet World magazine’s recent 2016

VAUXHALL’S tried and tested Corsa picked up a top award at Fleet World magazine’s recent 2016 Fleet World Honours, reaffirming its place as one of the most enduring superminis on UK roads.

The Corsa beat off strong opposition in the fiercely contested best supermini category to prove a favourite among fleet operators.

Alex Grant, Fleet World deputy editor, said there had never been more reason to opt for a Corsa.

With a wide selection of trim levels and high efficiency, the judges saw the Corsa as a great choice for fleets.

“Although the Corsa has long been one of the UK’s bestselling cars, Vauxhall’s very effective overhaul in 2014 means there’s never been more reason to opt for one,” said Grant.

“The wide range encompasses trim levels to suit all types of corporate user, with engines ranging from 85g/km diesels and low-carbon petrols to the potent VXR. Strong on design and technology, it’s the segment benchmark.”

The Corsa has also been a long-time favourite of first-car buyers.

Under the bonnet of this fourth-generation Corsa, there were new engines and transmissions available from launch in 2014.

There’s a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo which is just one of a raft of new engines, including a much improved 1.3 CDTi, which meets stringent Euro-6 regulations, to appeal to diesel buyers. Vauxhall says the Corsa’s completely redesigned chassis, has “an emphasis on exceptional rolling refinement, ride quality, precise handling and stability”.

I have been driving a 1.4i-litre Turbo Corsa Red Edition, and have to say this is a practical supermini in every sense of the word.

This three-door hatchback, with six-speed manual box and in Flame Red certainly looks the part of the smart small car about town. It may be that the diesel engined Corsa would be even more economical, though the version I was driving was pretty nippy (0-62mph in 8.9 seconds and with a top speed of 129mph) and returned a combined figure for mpg of 49.6.

Now that depends on how you drive this car because it has plenty of get up and go.

It impressively holds its own on motorway driving which cannot be bad for a car that easily doubles as a city slicker.

Tim Tozer, Vauxhall’s chairman and managing director has previously said of the model: “Corsa remains the bestselling car in Vauxhall’s range, which is testament to the continued appeal of the current model to UK buyers.”

He added that the latest version was a “new challenger in a highly competitive class” and that Vauxhall was confident that the latest Corsa would “jump any hurdles with ease”.

On the evidence of this drive and the Fleet World accolade, I think he was right.

Vauxhall Corsa facts

Vauxhall Corsa Red  Edition 1.4i Turbo

On the road price of car: £17,125

Engine capacity: 1,364cc

Max speed: 129mph

0-62mph: 8.9 seconds

Standard features include:

• Intellink audio system with digital radio

• USB connection with iPod control

• Cruise control

• Six airbags

• 17in diamond cut alloy wheels

• LED daytime running lights

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