Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Little Diesel's Big Appeal; Award-Winning Vauxhall Corsa Given a 5,000-Mile Test Vauxhall's Awardwinning Corsa Is the Supermini Everyone Is Raving about. If Sales Are Anything to Go by It's the Little Car We Just Can't Get Enough of. CHRIS RUSSON Put It to the Test over 5,000 Miles to Discover Just How Good It Is

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Little Diesel's Big Appeal; Award-Winning Vauxhall Corsa Given a 5,000-Mile Test Vauxhall's Awardwinning Corsa Is the Supermini Everyone Is Raving about. If Sales Are Anything to Go by It's the Little Car We Just Can't Get Enough of. CHRIS RUSSON Put It to the Test over 5,000 Miles to Discover Just How Good It Is

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Byline: CHRIS RUSSON

THE Corsa is the baby of a new generation of Vauxhalls which has helped the British brand shoot up the sales charts.

Along with the new Astra, the Corsa boasts sharp styling which gives it a fresh look.

It stands out as modern and trendy and like so many superminis these days, it is a little car with big car features. Vauxhall has certainly not cut any corners with the build quality or interior finish.

The Design trim level is top specification in the diesel-engined Corsa 1.3 CDTi line up and features part-leather upholstery and a leather-covered steering wheel, both picked out with fine stitching.

As a three-door, this little diesel costs pounds 12,240 but offers savings when it comes to economy - a factor we were keen to explore .

According to Vauxhall, the 89bhp engine will average 61.4mpg but in reality over our 5,000-mile test we managed 54.3.

That is still good, but with exhaust emissions of 124g/km it is just outside the real green zone. Instead it falls into the pounds 120-a-year tax bracket for private buyers or 18% for business users.

Nevertheless, it has a low insurance rating and long service intervals.

The lower-powered version of the 1.3-litre diesel, which develops 75bhp, is in the same business tax band but slips into the pounds 35-a-year band for private motorists.

Yet when it comes to performance, the higher-powered engine is class-leading.

As little diesels go, it has plenty of midrange power and is great fun to drive.

Acceleration from 0 to 60mph takes 11.9 seconds and the top speed is a claimed 107mpg and it will handle motorway work with ease.

It has a six-speed manual gearbox with ratios well set up for everyday use and cruising. The only peculiarity is a touch of torque steer caused by too much power arriving at the front wheels.

There are no complaints with comfort in the front but as with any three-door hatch the space in the back is limited and the rear windows are small. …

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