Almost new buying guide: Vauxhall Corsa

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The Corsa is a smart package inside and out that will work just as well for small families as it does for a novice driver, retiree or commuter.

It caters to as wide an audience as possible, so it’s no wonder it’s so popular. And under Stellantis ownership, the model is objectively the best it has been in a long time.

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Analog dials come standard from new, flanking a 3.5-inch screen that displays trip information. A 7.0-inch digital instrument display is available in SRi models and above.

Tall riders get plenty of room, but the rear isn’t the easiest to get in and out of. The trunk is fair for a city car, at 309 litres.

The Corsa-e has a slightly longer wheelbase to accommodate the sizeable H-shaped battery.

Attention buyer

Interior wear: Check the interior for broken trim pieces and that the seat fabric has not been damaged by child seats. We heard of one owner who had the experience of the seat clips breaking making it difficult to release the seatbacks. This may be an isolated incident, but it’s probably worth checking that the seats fold down as they should.

Front airbag calculator: The child seat’s safety cradle and transponder may not interact as intended with the smart airbag deactivation feature on the front passenger seat. This is a software issue with the control unit, so if your car is involved in this recall, the unit will need to be replaced – free of charge by a Vauxhall dealer, of course.

Our choice

1.2 100 Turbo: While the 74hp 1.2-litre petrol may suffice in and around town, the 99hp turbo version offers better flexibility and performance. Also, the difference in MPG will be minimal.

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Corsa-E: It’s an affordable way to make the leap to electromobility. A decent range lets it perform well out of town, so it’s not a one-trick pony. However, you’ll need at least £21,000 to buy one.

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