The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Great range of up to 209 miles

Starting price: £27,665

Pros

Good city runaround

Great for the school run

Electric range of 209 miles

Cons

Lack of boot space/storage

Intro

The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the UK’s best selling cars. Vauxhall was bought by the PSA group which includes Peugeot, Citroen and DS.  The latest Vauxhall Corsa has drawn up many similarities with its sibling the Peugeot E-208.  Other rivals include the Renault Zoe and the Ford Fiesta. The Corsa-e, like its rivals, starts around £10,000 more than the Petrol / Diesel models.

The last time Kate drove a Corsa (Opel) was around the crazy streets of Rome many, many moons ago and this new sporty model would certainly be fun to nip around the city streets.

We liked the chunky front which gave the new Corsa a more solid feel. The electric model has a really great range of just over 200 miles before charging again.  Acceleration was smooth and the ride is quiet.  There are 3 driving modes (sport, normal and eco) with eco using the least amount of battery. The battery itself is under the car and has an 8 year or 100,000 mile warranty.

The seated driver position is pretty good and with the light steering it’s a super simple drive.  The visibility is good albeit there is a slight blind spot on both sides when using the central mirror. However, this car is easy to park and with the parking sensors you are very unlikely to bump into any low obstacles.  Rear view cameras are extra.

Interior

The interior is middle range and therefore there is still quite a lot of plastic on the doors and frames. Not terribly exciting. The infotainment was clear and functional and the standard models have a 7 inch multimedia touchscreen which can be ungraded to a 10 inch.  Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration come as standard.

The manual climate controls are simple and easy to use especially when keeping all eyes on the road.  There is 1 USB port and a little bit of storage space below these dials

Seats & Passenger Space

With the standard model you have fabric seats and with the upgrade to the Elite model there is a half fabric / faux leather trim.  The front seats, for a small car, are quite comfy.

In the rear the windows are designed to be able to go all the way down, but can be controlled by the driver.  The seats are functional for a car of this size.  Two teenagers or adults could fit in the rear seats.  Add a third and you wouldn’t want to go much further than a mile or two! 

we felt that generally this was definitely a car for 2 passengers in the back (baby to adult).  There are 2 isofix points on the outer seats and there is no armrest in the middle.

Cups & Cubby

There are two standard cupholders can be found low down, but are ‘one size fits all’ and they just don’t allow for larger or smaller bottles to be secure and therefore potential for annoying rattling or spillages. Claire liked the glove box which was not a bad size for a small car.  Quite deep and could fit a variety of bits and bobs. The door bins were also a little on the small size.

In the rear there was a slimline pocket on the back on both front seats and the door bins were large enough to hold a small water bottle.  This car is slightly lacking on the extra little spaces to store items.

Boot Space

The opening to the boot is good, but there is a lip of approximately 25cm.  A petrol or diesel Corsa has 309 litres of boot capacity whereas the electric holds 267 litres.  A buggy or set of golf clubs fits easily. We know this because the salesman left his clubs in the back!   The seats when folded down split 60/40.

Being practical Ladies, we did think it would be great if the car (any other electric models) had a storage place for the power cable rather than just being plonked in the boot and generally being in the way! 

Summary

With a good driving range we certainly liked the Corsa and it would make a great daily run around from going to work to dropping the kids off.  On a negative it lacked good design on the interior / storage.

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

267 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4060 mm (L) x 1960 mm (W) x 1433 (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

N/A

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

209

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 7.6 secs