25th Oct 2008, 11:19

OK, so I bought the Corsa.. ain't gonna write much, gotta get back behind the wheel. But oh my god, what an amazing little car.

The 1.8 16v SRi does the job just nice.

Perfect, well done Vauxhall.

19th Nov 2008, 14:43

Collecting my 2006 1.8SXi+ at the weekend. As I'm sure most of you know, no SRi's were made in 2006, this is exactly the same car but with lots of stuff that was optional extra on sri as standard on the SXi+. Can't wait!

11th Jan 2009, 04:52

I drive a 1.2 Corsa Design, and I have been waiting 2 years to get a 1.8 SRI (1 month away now...)

Reading all the debates about the Saxo VTS against the 1.8 SRI, yes it's a quicker car to 60 by 0.4 - 0.5 of a second, but remember the VTS is insurance group 14, and the 1.8 SRI is 9, so you're basically paying 1 insurance group per 10th of a second to 60.. which seems insane.

Young drivers like myself (20) it seems an obvious choice to go for the SRI as you will be saving a large chunk of cash for insurance, and half a second is hardly noticeable anyway.


11th Jan 2009, 10:26

I agree with the last poster, there are a lot of SRI owners who seem to look through rose tinted glasses, the power to weight for this car is 115bhp per tonne compared to the VTS at 130bhp per tonne, so obviously it's not faster, but it does have a better image and is slightly more reliable and cheaper insurance.

Also for those saying it's light so can match bigger cars, it's not that light at all, 1107kg isn't heavy, but a Clio 182 weighs less at about 1080kg, and so does an MG ZR160 at about 1090kg; both cars have a fair bit more power as standard as well. Taking this all into account, you would be lucky to get 0-60 in much under 9 seconds, certainly not under 8.

9th Feb 2009, 11:33

I'm about to buy the SRI in the next couple of weeks, and I really want to know if it's quicker than the Fiesta 1.6 Zetec-S?

19th Feb 2009, 08:01

NO! If you're talking about the 1.8. I raced a Fiesta ST in my 1.8, and round streets and roundabouts the 1.8 was quicker, in a straight line it was quicker. The 1.6 Fiesta I raced in my 1.2, and I'd say the 1.2 Corsa and 1.6 Fiesta are on the same sort of level.

20th Feb 2009, 05:32

The 1.4 (90bhp) won't be, but the 1.8 will be quicker than a zetec S (new or previous model).

22nd Feb 2009, 04:54

2.0 16V Cup (182bhp) 3d 6.9 s 139 mph. This is from Parker's, MPG 34, Insurance Group 16.

16th Apr 2009, 10:17

I have owned my Corsa since Jan 08. It's a brilliant little car, not had 1 problem with it yet.

Seen 2 sets of brakes, also numerous sets of tyres (don't do budget LOL), I've got Toyo Proxes on mines and it's a dream to drive. It really is quick!!! With the right tyres it holds beautifully in the rain, especially around corners. As for in the dry, if you're not scared, push it to see how far it will actually go.. you'll be surprised :)

Overall I love driving this car day in day out. I'm still not bored of it. As for racing off the light goes... it's brill overall, you should get one, you won't regret it...

30th Jun 2009, 16:32

I've had a 2005 Corsa C Sri 1.8 and a 97 Saxo VTS (and VTR), and I have to say that the Corsa beat the Saxo in almost every respect. Personally I feel the Corsa looks better, I love the aggressive front end and curved roof spoiler. The straight-line performance was better in the Corsa because of the better torque, which made it a better motorway car. I'd say there's not much between the two interiors, however for long drive comfort I preferred the Saxo. As standard I much preferred the engine noise of the Corsa, deeper and more rorty than the Saxos. The only other concession the Corsa has to the Saxo is possibly the handling, because the Saxo is lighter and feels a lot more steery and loose, which is more fun in the bends, however this is because it comes with less kit and poor safety, whereas the Corsa feels chunky and safe and has lots of grip.

In terms of fuel consumption I can't say I noticed any difference between the two cars, both seemed a little bit juicy (may have been the driving though). Another plus for the Saxo is that it's incredibly easy to pick up pretty much any spare for, whereas the Sri has some bespoke items that are hard to get hold of, my example being a rear brake caliper, which took my local dealer almost a week to locate (in Germany), and a further 3 weeks to get to me. I had to sell both for different reasons, neither to do with the cars themselves, but I know which one has me hankering for more. The Corsa C 1.8 Sri.

5th Aug 2009, 13:26

I am looking to buy an 1.8 SRi, and I wanna know if it will beat a Fiesta 2.0 ST in a race?

19th Aug 2009, 18:14

That depends on what you call a race. Straight line there won't be much in it, but the Fiesta will probably pull away, but you will only notice it at about 110. But you do have to take in to consideration, the Fiesta's got 2.0L 150bhp engine so it will have more torque, but the 0-60 is almost the same; the Fiesta takes 7.9 seconds and the Corsa takes 8 flat, a perfect gear change will get you the extra 0.1 LOL.

Round town I'd say the Corsa, but only because I have raced about 4 or 5 STs. My Corsa doesn't have traction control (LOVE IT) so I can throttle more and not have my power cut off. Whereas the Fiesta has got traction, but I was told by a guy after we stopped at the lights that it is a Switchable ESP, but in the rain he would have probably beat me, seen as my car doesn't grip in the rain (wheel spins in 3rd gear).

So yeah, it all depends on you and the other driver, they're identical when it comes to performance. But when you're racing in your 1.8, make sure you're awake ;)

5th Sep 2009, 03:47

Lol cheers mate.

29th Nov 2009, 15:35

I've got a 1.8 SRi 54 plate with a stainless 4branch manifold with decat, straight through pipe to performance back box, induction kit and airfilter, lowered 60 mm and would recommend to anyone.

It will do 132 and no more, but gets there no problem, hits 90 100 in amazing times for a Corsa and handles like a little go kart. Fuel consumption's not the greatest, but it's worth it when flooring it!!

23rd Apr 2010, 17:27

I had one of these. The handling is shocking. The Fiesta would pull ahead in a straight line and destroy it in the bends. More reliable too, and a lot nicer, and modding the chassis doesn't make it handle well. You can improve it, but it's still crap.

The warning lights come on constantly and steering racks fail regularly. OK as a day to day run about, but not as a race car.

Save some money and get a 106 GTi, and be faster, or pay a bit more and get a much better car in the ST.