Vauxhall Corsa Model History

11th Dec 2020

By Nathan Dale

Over 25 years of success

First released to the UK market in 1993, the Vauxhall Corsa is one of Britain's best-selling cars - ever. 

While the design of both the interior and exterior has changed dramatically over the years, as you would expect, it has always remained true to a few core values.

Affordable, practical and exuding a somewhat cheeky personality, the Corsa has always been at home on the driveway of buyers of all ages. Young people love the looks and technology, while older generations enjoy its comfortable ride and easy-to-drive nature.

Take a look back through the different generations of Corsa that have been sold in the UK.


01 August

Corsa F (2019-present)

2020 Vauxhall Corsa F

The Corsa went through another radical transformation in 2019, with an all-new generation launched by new company owners, the PSA Group.

As well as a totally new exterior look, for the first time the Corsa was five-door only, for increased practicality. Another first was the introduction of a fully electric version alongside the petrol and diesel versions that had remained popular throughout the years. 

On the inside you'll find an awe-inspiring level of technology, with features such as a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control and touchscreen infotainment taking centre stage. 

The Corsa remains true to its principals of being fun to drive and affordable to own, but it has undoubtedly grown up a bit, in the best way possible.


01 January

Limited Edition Corsa Griffin (2018)

2018 Vauxhall Corsa Griffin

In celebration of 25 years since the Corsa was first introduced, Vauxhall released the Corsa Griffin, a limited-edition model.

It was great value for money, offering a top trim level spec with great kit, but costing not much more than an entry-level version.

It was designed to stand out with its unique black styling pack including a contrast black roof, front grille, door mirrors and matching tinted rear windows.

Looks aside, Griffin models were packed with some brilliant interior features including Griffin-branded heated front sports seats, and sought-after Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.


09 July

Corsa E (2014-2019)

2014 Vauxhall Corsa E

By the time the 'E' generation was launched in 2014, the Corsa had blossomed into the ideal stylish supermini. Its sculptural exterior was certainly an upgrade on the Corsa B from the '90s, that's for sure!

With next-generation technology such as Vauxhall OnStar - which kept drivers connected to an advisor 24/7 - and in-car Wi-Fi, this model of Corsa was tremendously popular among British buyers.

Material quality was noticeably better than its predecessor, while the funky styling (particularly on the three-door version) was a hit with young drivers.


17 May

Corsa D (2006-2014)

2006 Vauxhall Corsa d

This new model was much different to its predecessor - bigger, more grown up and better built. After such a great reaction to the risk Vauxhall had taken with the Astra, they felt it was time to add something extra to the Corsa range.

First, Vauxhall added the 189bhp Corsa VXR, followed by the SRi variant - both with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine. For economy-minded buyters, there was a brilliantly economical 1.7 CDTi diesel SRi version.

In 2008, Vauxhall made the Corsa even more efficient by introducing the 1.3-litre CDTi ecoFLEX engine, capable of an impressive 85mpg.


01 January

Corsa C (2006-2006)

2000 Vauxhall Corsa C

The second-generation was unveiled in 2000 and arrived in dealers in October of that year. It had a totally new design but was instantly recognisable as a Corsa.

Many drivers were impressed with its class-leading technology, which included the option of an Easytronic semi-automatic transmission. It was larger and more practical than before, with a bigger boot, but remained compact and was a favourite among first-time drivers.

In 2003, the model was given a major face lift. Cosmetic changes included new clear-lens headlights, coloured bumpers to match the body of the car and side rubbing strips.


14 April

Corsa B (1993-2000)

1993 Vauxhall Corsa B

First manufactured in 1992 and unveiled to the public in 1993, Vauxhall dropped 'Nova' from its title in the UK and the brand's popular small car became known as the Corsa.

This spacious Euro supermini had a stylish interior and good-looking exterior design, the likes of which hadn't been seen in this market segment before. Its decent performance and lightweight construction meant it had supremely fun driving characteristics.

By 1993, the small car sector was ready for a mould-breaking new entrant, and the new Corsa brought features like power steering, anti-lock brakes and a car alarm. At the time these were seen as revolutionary at the price point.

In 1998 a Cabriolet joined the range, and the Corsa B soldiered on until the year 2000 when it was replaced by a more modern equivalent.

Buy your own piece of history

The latest generation of this iconic model is better than ever, and at Evans Halshaw our New Corsa Offers are some of the best around, helping you to get your hands on one.

Our used car inventory is also home to a variety of used Vauxhall Corsa models that are ready to test drive today.

To learn more about the Corsa or any of its stablemates, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw Vauxhall dealership.