The covers are off and the all-new Vauxhall Corsa has been unveiled to the public. It's been redesigned from the ground up, and you'll be pleased to know that prices have been lowered against the outgoing model - with some versions costing up to £3,000 less, despite a huge leap in quality and equipment levels right across the exciting new range.
Despite being all-new, it has retained the key aspects that make the outgoing Corsa so popular. This means that it is the same length (give or take a few mm) so is easy to manoeuvre, a spacious interior and excellent, youthful and dynamic looks.
The new Corsa has been totally re-designed, and while there may be similarities between this and the old car, Vauxhall have said that every single body panel is new. From the Adam-esque headlights and front fascia to the striking profile (especially on the 3dr) and Astra-esque rear taillights, it's clear to see that the new Corsa has been brought up to date and in line with the rest of Vauxhall's range. It's a similar length and width to the outgoing Corsa, so buyers will be familiar with the proportions and it will remain easy to park.
No mechanical components have been carried over from the third-generation Corsa, and the car's centre of gravity is 5mm lower, and combined with a stiffer front-subframe results in better handling characteristics and less body roll.
Inside the new Corsa, almost every single aspect of the car is completely new. A more premium interior with plusher materials and a better-quality finish on many of the soft-touch plastics brings a touch of class to the UK small hatchback segment. A brand new centre console holds the air conditioning functions, and also houses the IntelliLink - a 7" colour touchscreen which can be controlled using a series of apps including BringGo (satellite navigation) and TuneIn (internet radio and podcasts). It can be controlled via Bluetooth and voice control, is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and is standard from the Excite model upwards - priced from £11,695.
A rejuvenation of the engine line-up has (literally) injected even more life into the fourth generation Corsa. A brand-new direct-injection, turbocharged 1-litre ECOTEC 3-cylinder petrol unit will feature for the first time in a Vauxhall, and leads the powertrain offensive for the Corsa. Downsized turbo engines are all the rage in the supermini market, and this new power unit is expected to be one of the most popular engine choices, combining spritely performance with improved economy. Power figures for the 1-litre 'triple' are impressive, and it will be available with either 90PS or 115PS, generating 170Nm of torque from just 1,800rpm. The 3-dr 90PS version achieves 54.7mpg on the combined cycle - no figures for the other variants have been released as yet.
For a bit more mid-range torque, you'll need the new version of Vauxhall's 1.4-litre turbo petrol, which has 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque, while meeting Euro 6 emissions regulations. The familiar 70PS 1.2-litre and 90PS 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol engines are also offered, and have been revised for better fuel efficiency and refinement. The 1.3-litre CDTi diesel engine has also been fine-tuned, and will also meet Euro 6 emissions standards and offer improved fuel economy - up to a remarkable 87.8mpg on the combined cycle for the 3dr model.
In terms of gearboxes, both the 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions are new to the Corsa range, with an improved quality in the gearshift and greater overall efficiency.
Buyers of the new fourth-generation Corsa will benefit from a whole range of new technologies, including those that make driving safer. Optional extras for the Corsa include Side Blindspot Alert, which will warn the driver if there's a car in the driver's blind spot and High Beam Assist, which automatically dims the high been when a car is detected coming from the opposite direction. Lane Departure Warning is also available, and warns drivers if they unintentionally stray from their lane on a motorway without indicating. A rear-view camera is also offered, to make parking in tight spaces easier.
Specification options have never been more vast on the Corsa, and the new one is offered with a choice of Panoramic Roof, heated front seats, heated windscreen, ambient interior lighting and a heated steering wheel as well as FlexDock, which is an area for charging your mobile phone.
All Corsas are well-equipped, and even the entry-level Life model comes with specification usually reserved for more expensive vehicles. The lady in the photograph certainly seems impressed.
Life - from £10,900
Heated windscreen, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Electronic stability programme, Hill start assist, Anti-lock Braking System, Six airbags, immobiliser, Stereo radio and aux-in socket, Steering column adjustable for reach and rake, Speed-sensitive power steering, Electrically adjustable door mirrors, 14" steel wheels with wheel trims (15" on diesel models), remote central locking, electric front windows.
Sting - from £8,995
Additional to Life
Body-colour exterior door handles, Twin white stripes on bonnet, roof and tailgate, White door mirror housings and front grille bar, 16-inch white alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, Leather-covered steering wheel, CD/MP3 and aux-in socket, USB connection with iPod control, Six speakers, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Cruise control, height adjustable driver's seat.
Sting R - from £10,995
Additional to Sting
Twin black stripes on bonnet, roof and tailgate (in lieu of white), Black door mirror housings and front grille bar, 16-inch black alloy wheels, VX-Line leather-covered flat-bottom steering wheel, VX-Line leather-covered gear knob/handbrake lever, Sports pedals, Chrome-effect exhaust tailpipe.
Excite - from £11,965
Additional to Life
Air conditioning (non air-conditioned 1.2i and 1.4i manual models also available), 16-inch alloy wheels, Front fog lights, IntelliLink audio system with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB connection with iPod control, Steering wheel audio controls, automatic windscreen wipers, Automatic lights, LED daytime running lights, Electrically heated leather-covered steering wheel, Electrically heated front seats, height adjustable driver's seat, body-coloured door handles.
Limited Edition - from £13,805
Additional to Life
17-inch black alloy wheels in Gloss Black finish, Body-colour front lower spoiler, side sills, rear roof spoiler (3-door only) and rear lower skirt, Chrome-effect exhaust tailpipe extension, Black roof and door mirror housings, Black front grille bar, Electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, Sports suspension with lower ride height, LED daytime running lights, Front fog lights with chrome-effect surround, Dark-style tail lights, Sports front seats, Dark-tinted rear windows, Air conditioning, IntelliLink audio system with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB connection with iPod control, Steering wheel audio controls, Cruise control, trip computer, Sports pedals, Leather-covered steering wheel.
Design - from £10,900
Additional to Life
IntelliLink audio system with digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB, Six speakers, Steering wheel audio controls, Leather-covered steering wheel, Cruise control, height adjustable driver's seat, Air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, Front fog lights, 15-inch structure wheels.
SRi - from £11,595
Additional to Life
Air conditioning, 16-inch black alloy wheels in gloss black finish, Front fog lights with chrome-effect surround, Sports-style front seats, Sports pedals, Leather-covered steering wheel, IntelliLink audio system with digital radio, Bluetooth® connectivity, USB connection with iPod control, Steering wheel audio controls, Cruise control, trip computer, Electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, automatic windscreen wipers, Automatic lights, LED daytime running lights, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, height adjustable driver's seat.
SRi VX-Line - from £12,630
Additional to SRi
17-inch alloy wheels in silver finish, Body-colour front lower spoiler, side sills, rear roof spoiler (3-door only) and rear lower skirt, Body-colour door mirrors, Chrome-effect exhaust tailpipe extension, Sports suspension with lower ride height.
SE - from £12,240
Additional to Design
16-inch alloy wheels, Electrically heated leather-covered steering wheel, Electrically heated front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, trip computer, Electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors, automatic windscreen wipers, Automatic lights, Front fog lights with chrome-effect surround, Chrome-effect lower side window mouldings (5-door only), Chrome-effect inserts in exterior door handles, Body-colour door mirrors, Front and rear parking distance sensors.
A red-hot VXR model will be on the way in 2015 - no details just yet. Stay tuned to @evanshalshawuk on Twitter to find out more as and when information is released.
The new Vauxhall Corsa is now available to order from our Vauxhall dealerships, click here to find your nearest one. Demonstrator vehicles will be available to test drive from early December, and the first UK customer deliveries will be in January - pre-order one now to make sure you're one of the first!