2007 Vauxhall Corsa Life 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland
Good basic transport
Not much, minor rattles in the interior and a rough idle sometimes when cold that I never really bothered investigating myself; just got it all fixed under warranty when new.
A very modern small car that is generations ahead of its predecessor, this Corsa felt much more refined. Only got this car as a stop gap and had to downsize from a Vectra due to economy reasons. At first I thought I would hate it after driving mostly larger cars for years, but this was surprisingly comfortable, so long as you are not carrying too much luggage or passengers.
Well equipped enough and nicely designed interior. Fiddly indicators were a pain to use though, I think Vauxhall realised their mistake with this feature and gave you the option to use the indicators normally in future cars.
Handling of the car is fine, but performance was poor. I know it was only a 1.2 petrol, but I was expecting a bit better. Dread to think what the 1.0 must be like! If recommending this car to anyone I'd say go for a 1.4 and upwards. Not in a boy racer way, just wanted a bit more power as you really appreciate it overtaking on country roads; to be fair though I think cars of this size are called "city" cars for a reason - they are really out of their depth on longer drives out of town, that's when you appreciate a larger car. Also wasn't quite as good on fuel for a 1.2 - yes it done over 40 MPG, but my previous Vectras with 1.8 and 2.0 engines did around 40 as well on long drives. Would have liked a bit more for such a small car.
Still, for a smaller car the Corsa surprised me - it wasn't as unrefined as I thought it would be and was generally comfortable and reliable for the time I had it, and from what I hear they hold up well long term if you look after them. So if you are looking for a reliable small car, get a Corsa with a bigger engine, pick a nice color and alloy wheels, and happy economical motoring. Not got much more to say, it is what it is, just an ordinary honest little car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2016