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By Angus Fitton
21 August 2006 00:01
The Corsa has a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. The petrols are: 59bhp 1.0-litre; 78bhp 1.2-litre; and 88bhp 1.4-litre petrol engines; a storming 180bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged VXR version is due in late 2007. The diesel 1.3-litre CDTi engines come with either 73bhp or 88bhp. A 123bhp 1.7-litre CDTI engine will join the range in the winter. The two top diesel engines get six-speed gearboxes as standard, while the rest of the range makes do with five-speed manuals. Prices are set to start at £7495 for the 1.0-litre three-door.The all-singing 1.7-litre CDTi five-door tops the range at £13,795. The big seller - the 1.4-litre – will cost from £9905, just £300 more than the model it replaces.
This Corsa is a substantial step forward over the old model but fails to convince in some crucial areas. It's handsome, good value, much better packaged, fine on long journeys and better built than ever before. But the ride can be choppy in Sport trim and visibility poor. Overall, the new Corsa is fun, funky but flawed.
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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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