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.
Engines, Transmissions and MPG
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.
Safety and New Technology
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.