2007 Vauxhall Corsa Life 1.2i from UK and Ireland
Very good for what it is
Nothing, and I shouldn't expect anything to go wrong on a new / nearly new car.
I had this car for a little over a week's hire while my old Mondeo was in for a repair. Though I've not had it long I did manage to do one thosand miles in it!
The car is better than expected - I'm used to driving bigger, family/executive cars, and thought I would hate a small hatchback, but this new Corsa was a surprise. It didn't feel like a small car at all, handled well, and the comfort for a small car was excellent. Lots of electric stuff was standard and this is only a lower spec model.
One complaint - as I said I'm used to driving bigger cars (2 litres and above) and the Corsa's 1.2i engine just can't match bigger cars performance. I know I shouldn't expect big performance from a small engine, but I expected better than this from a modern car. It's really sluggish and if I were to recommend the Corsa to anyone, I'd have to tell them to get the 1.4i or better, and don't bother with the 1.2i engine. I think you can even get a 1.0i engine in this model, that must be really bad and probably best avoided. MPG wasn't exactly great either - it says it does 48 MPG, but I only managed 42 at best and I drive smooth and slow. Maybe it needed a service?
I had to make do with wheel trims, but I've seen others about in red or silver with alloys - looks much better!
Not much storage space, but again, good for a small car I guess, and I'm probably just used to bigger cars.
Interior is as you'd expect form a modern car - it looks like a space-ship. You might like it you might not. I've seen a lot worse though.
Overall though this is a better than average little hatchback car that's an improvement over the old model Corsa, and I would recommend it if you're looking for a new small car that's cheap to run.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th February, 2008
2nd Apr 2009, 16:27
Hello... just had to comment on your performance. I have a Toyota Yaris, it has a 1.0 litre engine, but has a VVTi engine. This makes a huge difference.
My Yaris was in getting a service, (non Toyota) and their loan car was a Corsa; and yes it was TOTALLY bereft of power. That's in comparison to my car, okay the Yaris was never a racing car.
But press the pedal and it does pick without hesitation.