Vauxhall Corsa Review & Ratings
- 15 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
IT’S FUNNY HOW the seemingly inconsequential details often leave a more lasting impression – good or bad – than the major things.
For instance, I’ve often thought how good the turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine in our Corsa is. Smooth, free-rewing, decent pace; it’s just what you want in a vaguely sporting small car.
Yet, that was pushed right to the back of my mind after the third or fourth time that I shut the door, having thought from the hollow, double-thwack noise it makes that it hadn’t shut properly.
Many times I’ve had to re-open it, slam a bit harder, only to find that it had actually been closed in the first place. It just never sounds like it’s shut fully.
Another thing: it turns out that the Corsa barely holds more luggage than a Jaguar F-Type Coupe. I found this out during a rushed luggage transfer from one to the other, where we had to fold the seats in the Corsa to get everything in that had previously been (granted, absolutely rammed) into the boot of the Jag. I didn’t expect the Corsa to be cavernous, but I did expect it to swallow more than the F-Type could manage.
However, a later trip to B&Qfor a new toilet did prove that you can get fairly bulky stuff in the Corsa, without too much hassle.
It’s an inoffensive companion, this car. In truth I don’t think a Fiesta or even a Polo would have offered more space, so it’s perhaps harsh to criticise the Corsa given its mostly urban remit. With fair handling, a sparky engine and endearingly chunky looks, many will find it easier than I did to overlook the niggling irritations it suffers from in everyday life.