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Total cash price £9,899. Borrowing £7,919 with a £1,980 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£152.08
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£12,832.81
Cost of credit
£2,933.81
Optional final payment
£3,553.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

Vauxhall Corsa buying guide

About the Vauxhall Corsa

You’ll find both earlier Corsa models built until 2019 and 2020-on Corsa at Motorpoint. The new one doesn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but it does introduce pure electric power alongside regular engines – just like its sister car, the Peugeot 208. That’s because Peugeot’s owner bought Vauxhall a few years ago, and the Corsa shares much with the excellent 208 under the skin.

What versions of the Vauxhall Corsa are there?

The 2014-2019 Corsa was offered in eight trim levels plus limited editions. Most used examples will come in either base Active trim or step up through Design, Energy and SRi, with the latter bringing sporty styling like Ford’s ST-Line trim.

On the newer 2020-on Corsa, the main trim levels are SE, SRi, Elite and Ultimate. These are available with and without the ‘Nav’ suffix, indicating whether Vauxhall’s navigation system is built in, but all have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can use your phone’s map apps.

What features does the Vauxhall Corsa have?

The most recent Vauxhall Corsa feels more sophisticated inside than its predecessor. In this sort of car you’re going to get some cheap plastics, but these are well hidden and most of the areas you’ll touch feel decent. Flashes of chrome trim add visual appeal, while the red accenting and striping in SRi models add flair and fun.

There’s a new touchscreen with better graphics, faster processing times and smart features. It’s placed higher than before, making it easier to see and use while you’re driving. The tech upgrade doesn’t stop there, because several trim levels replace traditional dials with a digital screen.

Vauxhall Corsa engine range explained

(Most popular!) Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 petrol

If you’re looking at the most recent generation of Corsa, you’ll probably end up with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The first of three available versions has 75hp, and is the one to pick if low insurance costs are a must. Fuel economy of 53mpg means fuel costs will be kept in check, too. This engine is also ideal if you’re predominantly going to be pottering around town.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Turbo petrol

Fancy showing your Corsa the open road from time to time? Either of the turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engines fit the bill. They’re still very economical, officially achieving over 50mpg, but the added power they bring makes the Corsa feel a bit more versatile. With either 100hp or 130hp, you’ll have no trouble keeping up traffic or cruising at motorway speeds. As an added bonus, the three-cylinder engine makes a pleasingly peppy sound as you accelerate.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.5 Turbo D diesel

For most buyers, the petrol will be more than economical enough. But for frequent long journeys, you’ll save money with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. According to Vauxhall, it can achieve up to 70mpg, which is very impressive indeed. It’s not even slow. What’s more, the 20,000-mile annual service limit (compared to 12,500 miles for the petrol) means it’ll save high-mileage drivers money on servicing too.

Vauxhall Corsa-e electric

Because Vauxhall is now owned by the Stellantis empire of car brands, it has access to a squeaky clean electric powertrain. The 50kWh battery enables a range of over 200 miles, while the instantly available power makes the Corsa-e feel very sprightly around town. Save for a couple of ‘e’ badges, the Corsa-e looks identical to a petrol or diesel model – this is an electric car for buyers who don’t want to shout about it.

Is the Vauxhall Corsa a good car?

The Vauxhall Corsa is a great car – it offers economical driving, cheap insurance, lots of equipment and affordable prices. Parts are cheap and widely available, too. All these reasons and more are why the Corsa is one of Britain's best-selling cars, which makes it easier to find the spec, colour and engine you want. Read our full in-depth Vauxhall Corsa review.

Your Vauxhall Corsa questions answered

Officially, the Vauxhall Corsa is categorised as a supermini, but that term makes it sound really small. Like many similarly sized cars, the Corsa is plenty big enough for four adults (five at a pinch). Unless you need lots of luggage space or have tall friends, a car like the Corsa could be all you need.

At 4.06m long, it’s marginally longer than a Renault Clio or SEAT Ibiza, but it’s ever-so-slightly lower than both of those cars – and you can feel that in the back seats. It’s bigger than the previous Corsa. Both the Clio and Ibiza manage to be more practical, though, especially in terms of boot space. The 309-litre boot is about 10% smaller than the Ibiza’s boot, so the difference probably won’t be a dealbreaker.

Unless you’re planning to take your Corsa up and down the country, the answer to this is probably a petrol engine. There are several to choose from: an entry-level offering that brings the cheapest insurance, then a couple of more powerful options. If they don’t suit, the Corsa can also be had with a diesel engine or a fully electric powertrain.

Vauxhall Corsas share parts with a few other cars, so these parts should be very well tested by now. Reliability is hard to predict in any car, but this parts sharing and development points to the Corsa being dependable. As is the case with most modern cars, glitches with the on-board tech are much more likely than powertrain failures – and often these can be fixed with a software update at a dealership. The electric Corsa is likely to be the most reliable version, as it has far fewer moving parts (and a longer service interval) than the petrol Corsa.

Insurance groups have jumped a little for the latest generation Corsa which launched at the end of 2019. The most affordable models are grouped around 10-12, while the most expensive Corsas are groups 17-19 for manual cars and up to group 22 for automatic models.

Electric-powered Corsa insurance groups are usually around 25, making them a little more expensive to cover than fuel-driven models.

Pre-2019 Corsas have low insurance groups, ranging from 3 for the most affordable models through to 8 for the most expensive, so annual cover shouldn't be too expensive.

SRi and SXi are trim levels for the Vauxhall Corsa – both designed to have sporty looks to mark them out from lesser versions. SXi was discontinued in 2015 and has not been offered on the fifth or sixth-generation cars released since then.

SRi gets sportier looks than the standard Corsa, with cars from 2020 onwards featuring a cool contrast-colour black roof. SRi trim is often bundled with a 'Premium' or 'Nav' package that adds extra interior goodies along with larger alloy wheels. SRi isn't available with the entry-level engine either, so you end up with a little more power under the bonnet to match the sporty looks.

When it was available, SXi trim came with the visual upgrades of SRi models including the larger alloys and sharper styling, but kept the more affordable entry-level engines. This version was more about the 'show' than the 'go'.

In short – yes, the Vauxhall Corsa makes a great first car.

Insurance groups for 2020-onwards Corsas are a little higher than before, but are still competitive with the likes of the Ford Fiesta and among the lowest you'll find in the UK.

You also get an easygoing driving experience, a refined cabin and a simple-to-use touchscreen infotainment system. Safety is substantially improved over older Corsas, too, with all models getting automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist as standard.

Pre-2020 Corsas have even lower insurance groups, so will cut a decent chunk off your annual premium, but the interior and styling feel a little dated compared with the current model.