2017 Opel / Vauxhall Corsa UK Review Highlights More Flaws Than Expected

The Vauxhall Corsa remains one of the most popular cars in the UK. Despite being the oldest supermini out there, the company decided against making an all-new car and instead performed major cosmetic surgery.
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But there might be a price to pay, because this has to be the most issues we've ever seen highlighted in a Carwow review. It's just like we noticed when we had a play with the 5-door version a while back - the only good features are the 1.0-liter engine and the infotainment system.

The base Corsa is relatively cheap, but it doesn't come with air conditioning, which is why the video review recommends upgrading to the £11,880 model. That's not good, particularly when you compare it to the Ford Fiesta and VW Polo, or the cheaper alternatives from Suzuki or Dacia.

Practicality is another huge issue for the Corsa, as the sloped A-pillar creates a huge blind spot. And because most of the body is identical to the Corsa D launched way back in 2006, the trunk is small and features a huge load lip. Similar to the Fiat 500, there's a metal cover to protect the rear bench. However, it will get scratched, and you can't do a split fold, so carrying three people and one large item is not possible.

The rest of the flaws are just niggles, like the hump in the floor, the tiny glovebox or the seatbelts that get in the way of the folding bench. But the lack of a standard fuel economy computer is ridiculous. This isn't the 1990s, Vauxhall.

So when the Corsa E was presented in 2014 as being more premium, nicer to drive and more stuff like that, GM was actually talking a load of bull. We know that the company was strapped for cash, but within a few months, both Volkswagen and Ford will reveal all-new, much larger superminis. Let's see how the Corsa can continue to compete using a decade-old formula.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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