Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Classier Corsa; the Vauxhall Corsa's Back to Have Another Crack at the Supermini Market. Could This Be the Time It Breaks the Fiesta's Stranglehold? ANDY ENRIGHT Weighs Up Its Chances

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Classier Corsa; the Vauxhall Corsa's Back to Have Another Crack at the Supermini Market. Could This Be the Time It Breaks the Fiesta's Stranglehold? ANDY ENRIGHT Weighs Up Its Chances

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THE fourth-generation Vauxhall Corsa delivers similar dimensions to the old car - but that's as far as the similarities go.

With a fresh chassis and suspension and a threecylinder petrol engine that takes star billing, it also gets a classier interior. Keep your eye on this one. It could give the Ford Fiesta a real tough time.

The Corsa has always been a pretty entertaining steer and Vauxhall is looking to continue that trend. Underpinning this latest fourthgeneration car is a completely redesigned chassis with precisely zero carry-over components from the last model. It sports a 5mm lower centre of gravity, a stiffer front sub-frame and a sharper suspension geometry.

The electricallyassisted power steering gets a City mode for you to twirl around effortlessly when parking, but receives a UK-specific tune to cater for our roads.

Internal friction has been minimised, as has understeer. Both Comfort and Sport suspension set ups have improved dampers that aid ride quality.

The star of the Corsa's engine range is the 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbo petrol unit. Recognising that diesel engines don't always make the big sales numbers in the supermini sector, Vauxhall has instead devoted its attention to super-efficient petrol units.

The 1.0-litre is the only production three-cylinder engine on the market with a balancer shaft, helping it combat noise, vibration and harshness. This Euro6-compliant engine is offered on either 90 or 115PS power outputs and both manage 170Nm of torque at just 1,800rpm.

An improved version of Vauxhall's 1.4 turbo engine is also featured and there are two budget naturally-aspirated petrol engines - a 1.2 and a 1.4-litre. Big improvements to the 1.3 CDTi diesel have elevated it to Euro 6 emissions standards.

At the top of the range, there's the 205PS 1. …

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