VAUXHALL Corsa-e Electric Hatchback

100kW Elite Nav Premium 50kWh 5dr Auto [7.4kWCh]

VAUXHALL Corsa-e Electric Hatchback - 100kW Elite Nav Premium 50kWh 5dr Auto [7.4kWCh]

Vehicle Information

List Price
£33,045.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
7.6 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
N/A
By Line

With a little Gallic assistance, Vauxhall has rejuvanted its Corsa supermini to make sure it stays relevant to buyers in this crowded market. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Time, perhaps, to change the way you feel about Vauxhall's Corsa. This fifth generation version aims to surprise in all the ways its predecessor was unremarkable. As a result, on paper at least, it's the most competitive supermini the brand has ever brought us. There's even an all-electric model.

Background

Vauxhall's Corsa has always been a well-priced, practical supermini but it's usually been let down by distinctively average engines, a bit of a weight problem, less than cutting-edge technology and the lack of the kind of spark that would endear you to the thing. All stuff that Vauxhall reckons has been sorted in this fifth generation version. We'll see. The key boxes certainly seem to have been ticked here. Vauxhall is merely an Anglo/Teutonic outpost of the French PSA Peugeot/Citroen conglomerate these days, so it's not surprising to find this MK5 model Corsa pretty much completely based on the second generation Peugeot 208 announced at about the same time. Which means that this car will get that one's battery full-electric tech too - enter the Corsa-e. Most Corsa buyers though, will continue to want a fossil-fuelled lump beneath the bonnet. Vauxhall's also promising a big step up in provision when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, there are two petrol units and a single diesel to choose from. Ideally, you'd want to avoid the base 75PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, which can only be had with 5-speed manual transmission. And go instead for the more modern three cylinder, direct injection turbocharged 100PS 1.2-litre petrol powerplant your dealer will prefer to point you towards. Here, there's a gutsier 205Nm of torque, which will mean easier mid-range overtaking and less of a need to 'row' the car along with the 6-speed gear lever in town. Alternatively with this 100PS drivetrain, there's the option of an auto transmission - and a very sophisticated one with 8-speeds which includes steering wheel paddleshifters. You have to have this auto if you go for the top 1.2 130PS variant. The minority-interest Corsa engine option is a 1.5-litre 100PS diesel which will be a rare sight, but might make sense if you habitually undertake longer distances in your supermini, thanks to a plump 250Nm torque output. All the engines on offer are helped in their task by a significant weight reduction this time round - Vauxhall says it can be as much as 10%, which is quite a lot in supermini terms. Base-spec variants can now weigh as little as 980kgs. As for the all-electric Corsa-e version, well just one variant of that will be available featuring a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, this confection developing a healthy 134hp.

Design and Build

The idea this time round with the Corsa is to strike a better balance between sportiness and comfort, thanks to a re-designed body shell and new aluminium engines. There are lighter underpinnings too, based on the new Common Modular Platform (CMP) platform this car shares with the latest Peugeot 208. Despite this, this fifth generation model is slightly larger than its predecessor, with its bigger body and longer wheelbase delivering more interior and boot space from this five-door-only model. The smarter body panels are still fashioned from the usual range of high-strength steels, but it's all been stitched together in a more weight-conscious manner, saving 40kg over the outgoing Corsa. Visually, the standard Corsa is virtually identical to the electric version, with the exception of different alloy wheel designs. An exterior highlight that Vauxhall is particularly proud of it's the fact that this is the first car in the class to feature adaptive glare-free full-LED headlights - the brand's 'IntelliLux LED Matrix' package, the kind of thing previously restricted to much larger cars. Inside, all Corsas have identical cabins, which centre around a new touchscreen infotainment system on the dash. Two set-ups are available to buyers: a seven-inch Multimedia Navi system or top-spec 10-inch Multimedia Navi Pro.

Market and Model

If you'd got used to Corsa pricing for base models being in the £11,000 to £13,500 bracket (which is where it's been in recent times), you might need a cup of hot sweet tea after perusal of the figures being asked for this fifth generation French-inspired version, which start from around £16,500 for the feeblest 1.2-litre base-spec petrol variant. And even if you avoid the all-electric Corsa-e, it's still possible to pay as much as £28,000 for the ritziest-trimmed petrol model. Five doors are now standard (which partly explains the price rise), the three-door body style of previous models being deemed no longer necessary. For the Corsa-e, you're looking at needing to find around £26,500 as a starting point, after deduction of the £3,000 government plug-in car grant. There are eight core trim level options for the Corsa - 'SE', 'SE Premium', 'SRi', 'SRi Premium', 'Elite', 'Elite Nav', 'Elite Nav Premium' and 'Ultimate Nav'. It's all quite complex. Simpler to comprehend is the need to pay a premium for auto transmission - an extra £1,730 on petrol models only. Even the most basic 'SE' derivatives are quite well equipped, fitted with 16-inch double spoke alloy wheels, a 7-inch touch-screen radio, a leather flat bottom steering wheel and LED Headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Cost of Ownership

Huge efforts have gone in here to improve running cost efficiency by saving weight. As a result, expect the 1.2-litre PureTech petrol variants that many will want to be very acceptably clean and frugal. With the 100hp model, you can expect to manage around 45mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and return a CO2 reading not much over 100g/km, which is pretty good going for a car in this segment. The 1.5-litre diesel version of course does much better. Over 60mpg on the combined cycle should be eminently achievable, along with a sub-100g/km of CO2 reading. But of course if you're really interested in ecological efficiency, there'll be just one variant of this car that'll interest you, the all-electric Corsa-e. For this derivative, Vauxhall claims a WLTP-rated driving range between charges of 211 miles. And fast charging at the rate of 100kW is available via a CCS socket hidden behind the fuel cap, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes. If you install a wallbox at home, you can recharge the battery from empty in around five hours if you have an 11kW electricity supply - or in around eight hours with a 7.4kW supply. Bear in mind that the Corsa-e is around 350kgs heavier than the ordinary version.

Summary

Ultimately, what we're looking at here is a Corsa that can. It can be fun to drive. It can deliver a big car feel. And it can stack up well on the balance sheet. It's a small Vauxhall for which no apologies need to be made. All that will worry obvious supermini rivals. After all, this model's predecessor lacked a little in all of these areas, yet still racked up very respectable sales against them. This MK5 version's still very competitively priced, but has become a contender in this segment that sells on more than just sheer value. It's not perfect of course. It doesn't lead its class in terms of either space, efficiency or driving dynamics. And more work is still needed under the bonnet to deliver an engine range in which all the options are as good as the mid-range three cylinder turbo petrol unit. The key though, is that this Vauxhall is now there, or thereabouts, in the three key areas I've just mentioned. Add to that the wide model line-up and the likely deals on offer and you've a supermini that more than ever, needs to remain high on any family's shopping list.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Dark tinted rear side windows tailgate window
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows
  • Glazed tailgate and heated rear window with wash/wipe facility
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
BRAKES
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Auto city emergency braking
  • Cornering brake control
  • Drag torque control
  • EBD - Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Electric handbrake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Hill hold and start system
  • Straight line stability control
  • Traction control
COMMUNICATION
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Auto tele unit 3S vehicle communication system
  • Bluetooth mobile phone portal
DRIVER AIDS
  • Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front camera system
  • Front pedestrian detection BASIS
  • Lane departure warning with lane assist
  • Panoramic rear view camera
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Traffic sign recognition with intelligent speed adaptation
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Two litre open door pockets
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 7" TFT instrument cluster
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Engine oil life indicator
  • Infotainment remote controls right side of steering wheel, telephone buttons on left side
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
  • Multimedia Navi pro 10" colour touchscreen, Sat nav, European coverage,2D/3D street level mapping, points-of-interest search and map updates via USB
  • Service indicator
  • USB with iPod control
  • Vauxhall connect box
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • Electrochromic automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Silent black facia with galvano chrome inserts
ENGINE
  • 7.4kW 1-Phase On-Board Charger
  • Electronic returnless fuel system
  • Under body shield for aero
ENTERTAINMENT
  • AM/FM stereo radio
  • Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
  • RDS with traffic programme
  • Six speakers
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black roof A pillar in black
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Chrome effect lower side window mouldings
  • Chrome logo bar
  • High gloss black finish B pillar
  • Integrated rear roof spoiler level 2 ECO
  • Metallic paint
  • Roof antenna short rod
  • Sports tailgate spoiler
  • Upper and lower bumper design
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlight control system
  • Centre Rear Brake Lights
  • Hazard warning lights
  • Headlamps for left side traffic
  • High beam assist with anti glare
  • IntelliLux Matrix LED Headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lamps
  • LED tail lamp
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Rear reversing lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • 4 speed fan with illuminated controls
  • Cabin particulate filter - removes dust, airborne particles and pollen
  • Electronic climate control (ECC)
  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Legroom rear heater
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power sockets
  • 2 layer paint IP insert signature wings colour galvano innovation
  • 3 spoke flat bottom leather steering wheel with satin chrome effect bezel
  • Captain cloth/premium leather effect upholstery
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Front cupholder
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox with lid
  • Illuminated load compartment trunk
  • Internal chrome door handles
  • Polyurethane gear knob/lever
  • Premium leather effect side bolsters and surrounds
  • Rake and telescope adjustable steering column
  • Right hand drive (RHD)
  • Silent black door panels on door trim
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Front map reading lights
  • Interior courtesy light
  • LED ambient lighting
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Single dome lamp with dual front reading lamps
SAFETY
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Deactivation switch for front passenger's airbag
  • Driver drowsiness alert system
  • Electrical child lock system in rear door latch
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
  • Inertia reel lap and diagonal seatbelts for all seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings incorporating top tether anchor points located on second row rear seats
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Single tone horn
  • Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
SEATS
  • 2 way adjustment front driver and co-driver passive headrest
  • 6 way manual co-driver fore/aft, up/down with reclining seatback
  • 6 way manual fore/aft, up/down with reclining driver seatback
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Comfort front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable head restraints
SECURITY
  • 2 keys one folding with integral remote
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control security alarm system
  • Remote locking fuel filler flap
  • Steering column lock
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with vanity mirrors covers
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 17" Bi-colour alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: N
  • HC: 25E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Bore: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • CC: 1
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Engine Codes: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Fuel Type: N
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Stroke: N
  • Valve gear: N
  • EC: N
  • EC Combined: N
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 450
  • Badge Power: 7.4
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: Elite Nav Prem [7k]
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 136
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 0.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 300
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 0-100
  • 0 to 60: True
  • 0 to 62: 7.6
  • BHP: 136
  • Engine Power KW: 100
  • Engine Power RPM: 3673
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque MKG: 26.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 260
  • Engine Torque RPM: 300
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 93
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Height: 1433
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4060
  • Wheelbase: 2538
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1765
  • Width (including mirrors): 1960
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 309
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1916
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1118
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1530
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 386
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£261.78
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,356.02 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£218.15
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,963.35 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
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List Price
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£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
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TBC
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An Arrangement Fee will be applied. Charges for excess mileage and/or damage may apply at the end of the contract.
Personal lease
£261.78
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£2,356.02
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£218.15
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£1,963.35
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£261.78
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,356.02 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£218.15
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,963.35 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
33,045.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£33,045.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
7.6 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
N/A
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£261.78
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,356.02 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£218.15
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,963.35 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

VAUXHALL Corsa-e Electric Hatchback

100kW Elite Nav Premium 50kWh 5dr Auto [7.4kWCh]

VAUXHALL CORSA-E ELECTRIC HATCHBACK Elite Nav Premium*Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£261.78
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,356.02 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£218.15
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,963.35 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC