|Tuesday, January 18, 2022
You are here: Home » Motoring world » Allan Mcintyre » Corsa has lots to Excite you
  • Follow Us!

Corsa has lots to Excite you 

THE names of car models can sometimes appear a little strange but the spec title for a recent test car described it perfectly.

I was sampling Vauxhall’s new Corsa in an Excite trim level – and that’s exactly what it did.

This was my first drive in the fourth-generation Corsa.

The model has been highly successful for Vauxhall since its launch in 1993 – replacing the Nova.

The UK is the leading market for Corsa and in the previous model’s last full year 84,000 were sold.

But motorists have already taken a shine to the latest arrival, buying 50,125 Corsa models in the first six months of 2015.

And Vauxhall/Opel’s Eu-ropean sales are also up in the first six months, rising by 5.4 per cent to 498,789 from 473,224 January to June last year.

So what’s so exciting about this new supermini?

First of all it must be the prices as Vauxhall reduced these at launch by nearly £3,000 against the outgoing models.

And that’s despite a marked leap in the quality and equipment levels across the range.

There are no less that nine trim levels – down one from the previous 10.

These are Life, Sting and Sting R, Design, Sri, Excite, SE, Sri VX Line and Limited Edition.

They all come with a high level of standard spec which on Life includes ABS, hill-start assist, stereo radio and aux-in socket, steering column adjustable for reach and rake, electric adjustable door mirrors and tyre pressure monitoring.

Additional features on my Excite model included air conditioning, 16-inch al-loys, front fog lights, Inte-lliLink audio system with digital radio, Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted audio controls, rain-sensitive windscreen wi-pers, automatic lighting, LED daytime running lights, heated leather-covered steering wheel, heated front seats, driver’s seat height adjuster and body-colour door handles.

There are a number of new petrol and diesel engines in the new line-up and these include a fresh to the market 1-litre three-cylinder Ecotec direct injection turbo petrol with 89bhp and 113bhp ver-sions.

The new Corsa is much the same size as the previous model and the three-door test car stood out with its stunning flaming yellow colour.

It looks much sharper and sporty with exterior changes including ‘eagle eye’-shaped headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights, low trapezoidal grille and front fog lights embedded in low outward laying air inlets with chrome trim.

The body sides feature Vauxhall’s flowing blade signature with the rear getting a more muscular look with its wide horizontal split tail lights.

Step inside and you’ll find a bright, roomy cabin that could cater for three rear passen-gers for short journeys.

There’s lots of head, leg and elbow space in front and back and I liked the driving position.

The use of higher quality materials is evident and all instruments are clear in a stylish dashboard that features the seven-inch colour touchscreen, surroun-ded by high gloss décor, in the middle.

On the road, the Corsa has lots of fun factor and is a super little performer

Engineers have completely re-designed the chassis with new suspension components and achieved great results.

I tested it on some winding, country roads and there was lots of grip when cornering at speed with good taught and precise handling.

I was driving an Excite 1.4T model – costing £14,020 – and the new 99bhp turbo-charged petrol unit had lots of bite to it.

It was nifty enough leaving the blocks with a standstill to 60mph time of 11 seconds and has a 115mpg top speed.

The engine was never too noisy and mid-range power was good, coming through a new slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox.

And it’s pretty economical as well, capable of achie-ving 55.4mpg combined, 44.1mpg urban and 65.7mpg extra urban.

Ride comfort was also excellent for a small car and it was fairly smooth going over potholes.

The build quality is evident with little wind, road or engine noise coming through while cruising at motorway speeds.

The Corsa is a super all-rounder, nipping in and out of town traffic, and was easy to park.

It’s a great little car and is certain to produce more ex-citing sales figures for Vauxhall.