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By Angus Fitton
21 August 2006 00:01
This is the all-new Corsa, a car Vauxhall vows will banish the Corsa's traditional reputation of being pretty but underwhelming. It's longer and wider than today's car and weighs a little more, but some models cost a little less and in 200bhp, turbocharged VXR trim it will be the fastest Corsa ever. The Corsa has a funky new cabin with more room and a bigger boot, and Vauxhall predicts the hatchback will score a maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
First off it looks brilliant. British design chief Mark Adams led the team behind the new Corsa. Gone is the so upright it-might-topple-over look, replaced by a far more squat, muscular car that has a great stance, particularly in three-door form. And for the first time in history (probably) someone has robbed a styling cue from Vauxhall's old Nova – the blade-shaped crease over the rear wheel-arches. That's where the similarities end, thankfully. The new Corsa has presence but then so it should - it's much bigger than the car it replaces.
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I borrowed one of the new Corsa models for two days last week and to use Angus Fitton's expression, I was seriously underwhelmed. For the driver it has to be one of the worst small cars around. The steering felt as though it was connected to the wheels via a series of rubber bands. This Vauxhall feature continues my opinion of previous Corsas with a similar rubbery steering. The ride can only be described as jittery and the engine always very audible. Having driven one, I cannot understand the positive reviews that this car gets. On the positive side, the gearchange is an improvement on the previous Corsa and it did feel well put together and was well equipped.
I currently drive a 56 plate Astra with 'Easytronic' tranmission which is also not very impressive to drive and feel that Vauxhalls are very overrated.
19 April 2008 20:39
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