Vauxhall Corsa-e Review

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The Vauxhall Corsa-e is Vauxhall’s first small electric car and is an all electric version of their first time driver favourite, the Corsa. Produced in partnership with Peugeot, it shares a similar underlying structure and exterior design to the new e-208 and is vauxhall’s answer to rival small city electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.

With a two tone floating roof design, quirky front grille, stylish LED headlights and a starting price of £27,815 (prior to the government’s £3,500 plug-in grant), the Corsa-e is a well priced and well specced five door electric car.

“The Corsa-e is Vauxhall’s successful attempt at capitalising on the electric trend with an already established brand.”

Jake Doran, Moneyshake Car Reviwer

Interior

The Corsa-e builds upon the new Corsa improvements laid out by Vauxhall and takes advantage of a somewhat spacious five-door cabin and a level of comfort is ensured for four adults thanks to well designed front seats and sensible battery placement.

Comfort, heated front seating and an optional driver massage seat provides a comfortable driving experience in the front, while the lack of raised floor thanks to the batteries being located under the front and rear seats means there is no impact to rear legroom, keeping those in the back happy. That said the knee-room isn’t amazing and while you can sit comfortably enough, taller passengers may suffer slightly on longer journeys.

Moreover, chrome effect interior door handles, a flat-bottomed leather-covered steering wheel and a well laid out dashboard, provide the Corsa-e with an air of professionalism. Something that would have been unheard of with the boy racer Corsa’s of the past.

Infotainment and tech

Since Vauxhall start their Corsa-e at the higher end of their trim levels at the SE Nav, it takes advantage of today’s modern tech out the box. As such, all models boast a 7″ colour touchscreen infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice control and Bluetooth audio streaming. If 7″ is a bit small for your liking, you can upgrade to the Elite Nav to get your hands on a larger 10″ colour touchscreen.

Vauxhall also provides a decent built-in sat nav that is accessible through the touchscreen and highlights near-by charging stations should you need to recharge while out and about. They’ve also got you covered should you run into trouble with their Vauxhall Connect service that provides emergency or breakdown help 24/7 365 days a year.

Other examples of the modern tech packed into the Corsa-e include keyless start, pedestrian detection, cruise control with speed limiter, lane departure warning with lane assist, speed sign recognition, front camera system and rear parking sensors, to name but a few of its capabilities.

Practicality

As you would expect from a five-door, it’s surprisingly practical and while the electric suffers from a slightly smaller boot than the standard model, its 285 litres of space is decent enough for daily needs. Its square shape also allows for efficient packing meaning you can utilise every last litre. Plus, when the situation arises, the 60/40-split folding rear seats can increase the cargo space.

Other storage spaces include the adequate front door bins, centre console with two cupholders and below average glove box. But the focus of the Corsa-e isn’t practicality, it’s the fact that its a small city electric car.

On the road

It’s on the road that the Corsa-e really shines. A 136bhp electric motor provides a nifty 0-60 in 7.6 seconds and a max speed of 93 mph, while a 50kWh lithium-ion battery gives an advertised range of 209 miles. As a result, it matches in performance and outranges its closest competition such as the Volkswagen e-Golf.

A choice of normal, sport and eco driving modes gives you the ability to drive your way. Flick to sport to blaze down the open motorway or switch to eco for optimal city driving and to boost your range. The impressive performance is also coupled with engaging handling to provide an enjoyable driving experience.

Moreover recharging is hassle free with a 0-100% rapid recharge time of around an hour and 15-80% time as fast as 30 minutes. This means by the time you’ve ordered and drank your coffee, you’ll be filled up and ready to get back on the road.

While the Vauxhall Corsa is one of the current favourites for first time drivers, it’s likely the Vauxhall Corsa-e will be one of the favourites of future new drivers.

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Image credit: Vauxhall Motors.