Vauxhall’s new 2020 Corsa


04 December 2019

ONE of the most important new cars to arrive here in 2020, the all-new fifth generation Vauxhall Corsa, is on sale from today.

Among the stand-out features will be improved economy and lower emissions from a range of new or improved engines.

Vauxhall is aiming to continue the UK’s love affair with the small compact model, which has attracted more than two million buyers in the UK since its arrival almost three decades ago.

Weighing-in at ten per cent less than the current car, the newcomer retains its popular five-door format and is roughly the same size.

As part of the company’s electrification strategy the new model will become Vauxhall’s first electric Corsa, together with a plug-in hybrid Grandland X and Vivaro-e van due to arrive next year.

In addition to battery-powered versions the Corsa will also be offered with a choice of 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines.

The engine line-up begins with an entry-level 1.2-litre petrol unit generating 75bhp, fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Average economy is claimed to be about 50mpg with an official CO2 rating of 93g/km, a top speed nudging 110mph and acceleration to 60mph in about a dozen seconds.

There is also a three-cylinder, direct-injection, all-aluminium, turbocharged 1.2-litre engine with 100bhp, 50mpg economy and a CO2 rating of 96g/km.

In terms of pulling power to handle a family of five and all of their luggage, there is an output of 205Nm.

However, with only the driver onboard, acceleration to 60mph takes just over nine seconds and there is a 120mph top speed, which means effortless and economical cruising at the 70mph motorway maximum.

In addition to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, there is the option of pairing this engine with a sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission.

The figures for this combination are economy of 47mpg, a CO2 rating of 99g/km, top speed of 120mph and a 0-60mph acceleration time of 10.2 seconds.

The two petrol engines are joined by a three-cylinder, turbocharged 1.5-litre diesel with 102bhp of power and maximum torque of 250Nm.

Claimed average economy is up to 70mph with a CO2 rating of 85g/km. Paired with the standard six-speed manual gearbox there is a 115mph top speed and acceleration to 60mph in nine and a half seconds.

The all-electric version is claiming a driving range of just over 200 miles, with a power output of 100kW or 135bhp and pulling power of 260Nm which translates into very nippy acceleration to 60mph in just seven and a half seconds.

Safety stuff includes Lane Keep Assist, which now applies gradual corrective steering and a gentle nudge if the car leaves its lane. Side Blind Spot Alert uses ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers to alert the driver to any moving objects in the blind spots on either side of the car, as well as towards the rear.

Adaptive Speed Control uses the front camera and radar sensors to  automatically adapt the gap between the car and the vehicle in front by accelerating or decelerating, according to the distance selected by the driver. If the vehicle in front decelerates, so does the Corsa – even to a standstill, if necessary. If the vehicle in front speeds up again, the Corsa also accelerates up to the selected speed, while automatically maintaining the chosen safety gap.

The Corsa also offers Forward Collision Alert with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection.

The automatic emergency braking system uses radars to reduce the car’s speed by up to 30mph in order to avoid or reduce the force of a heavy collision. Depending on the speed, the system can identify vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes.

Driver Drowsiness System also comes as standard. The system warns the driver, via audio and visual signals at three levels, to take a break after two hours of driving at speeds higher than 40mph. In addition, the system alerts the driver to the need for a break at any time if it detects that the car is behaving dangerously, such as swerving.

The new model is also fitted with a range of systems designed to help the driver into and out of parking spaces, which Vauxhall says all add up to a range of features more normally reserved for larger cars.

The Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi both feature a seven-inch colour touchscreen, while the Multimedia Navi Pro boasts a ten-inch screen.

The Multimedia systems are compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and feature voice recognition.

Corsa prices range from £12,000 to £27,000.