8th May 2010, 16:03

Okay guys, so just picked up my 1.8 SRi today. It's a 53 plate and I'm very impressed! I used to drive a 2000 Fiesta Zetec-S, so I can really feel the difference in power. Quick question; which car is faster, a Polo GTi 1.6 or a Corsa SRi 1.8???

9th May 2010, 18:39

Go and take your cars on a race track and race, not on the roads.

Anyway it's more fun.

16th Aug 2010, 16:40

I have owned an SRi 1800 for nearly 3 years. A 2002 model with 15" wheels and standard mirrors. I find it a blast to drive, as I have a lot of "b roads" in my area, which this car is most fun on.

Overall, it is quick, but I think it would be a much more usable and capable car with the same gearbox as used in the Vectra 1800 to match the engine.

Overall, would I buy another? Probably not, but I ain't selling this one for a while yet.

Final note: It is most fun when an eventful driver tries to leave the "scabby SXi" for dead and can't. The next thing they know is it's in front of them. It is "de-badged", just to add to their disgust.

17th Aug 2010, 14:51

Can't say I enjoy having a 01 SRi 1.4. Fuel consumption is in the low 30s, if not high 20's; get about 60 miles to 7.5 litres. Won't go over a hundred, but handles well. Get a GTi Pug people; much more fun, and resale is better. The good ones will eat a Skyline.

4th Sep 2010, 04:08

I had my SRI for about 4 months now, wicked car. It's all about wrapping your wheels in Toyo T1-R tires. I'm running 130bhp at the moment; if you want more I would suggest; full pier system 2.5 inch bore (manifold back), Courtneay sport cams & a custom remap should see figures over 150bhp. Mines currently getting repaired as a flat bed Transit ripped along the side of my car when it was parked on the road; needs a new door, & the sills are f*****!

16th Sep 2010, 07:25

I've had my Corsa SRi 1.8 for about 3 months now. This is possibly the best car I have driven, and one of the fastest is its class by far.

Pug GTi and VTS owners will argue that the two chav rides will outrun the SRi in the corners. However, I find it more a matter of, SRi owners have more pride in their RARE car than a common Saxo or Pug to risk destroying their car into a wall...

I personally have found that my lack of sensibility has made sure that I always end up in front of the above. It's not a question of if it's faster or better. It's a question of when it's NOT faster or better. I admit, Saxo's and VTS's turn heads... in shame. Take your bean can off the exhaust and buy a driver's car!!!

3rd Nov 2010, 18:50

For a start, a 1.8 Corsa will get beaten by a Saxo VTS, Peugeot 106 GTI. Even a VTR will happily keep up. I own a MK5 Zetec S which will get owned I will admit, but the handling is better any day of the week. Corsas are like sponges going round corners and the brakes are rubbish.

Plus Corsas are annoyingly one of the most common cars on the road, where there might not be loads of 1.8 Sris, Corsas still look awful.

And to people that like quoting the fact that it has more BHP, than a VTS or GTI, it is a lot heavier? Believe it or not, this is very crucial people.

29th Mar 2011, 04:52

I have had a Saxo VTS and have now a 106 GTI, they are seriously underrated. People slag them off but they don't realise just how good they are. Don't get a Corsa, get a 106 or VTS if you want fun in a car!

8th Apr 2011, 10:04

7.8 seconds - ha ha ha, must have started your stopwatch almost two seconds in!

1st Jun 2011, 17:11

I have Opel Corsa GSI 1.8 16v, year 2004, originally made in Germany.

I have owned this car for 3 weeks, I bought carbon dynamic air filter-type racing. Today I pushed the gas pedal to the floor. It's crazy, the car is very loud and fast. My hands were all sweaty and I sweat like a pig from all this adrenaline. Just push the gas pedal to the floor and you will see what is the Corsa GSI 1.8 16v power!

21st Jul 2011, 17:40

I have had my 1.8 SRi for over a year now, and it still puts a big smile on my face! It is a great car that catches a lot of people off guard. It's also cheaper to insure.

I've owned both a Saxo and a 106; it's like driving in a biscuit tin, you have to mod them to make them any good. The better of the two was the 106 GTi.

The Corsa as standard is a quick car that drives well; would recommend it.

19th Aug 2011, 10:15

I have a Corsa 1.8 SRi Irmscher, lowered 40mm, fast road cams, full through Pipercross system with manifold and sport middle box, Diablas air inlet manifold, K and N induction and remapped. That's running at 175hp. I can beat all your VTRs, VTSs and a standard Type R. I was actually shocked to find that up to 70 I could hang with an M3 2004 plate.

22nd Aug 2011, 18:49

I'm sure you were shocked. I expect the M3 driver had a giggle when he realised you were racing him!

24th Aug 2011, 13:25

Is remapping a 1.8 SRi (non turbo) worth it?

25th Aug 2011, 08:57

Remapping just makes use of the potential of the car, and most naturally aspirated engines are already tuned highly when you buy them. Typically it will not yield huge results, maybe 10bhp if you got someone who knew what they were doing.

However, if you do other small modifications like an improved air filter, more free flowing exhaust, etc etc then the potential of the remap increases as the mapper can take these things into account.

Turbo cars (petrol and diesel) will often get huge increases in power from a remap alone, (e.g 30/40bhp) so they are always the easiest engines to start with for simple big gain mods.

Email a remapping company and ask for an idea of the gains you might expect, as they may have worked with these engines before, but if they claim huge gains, I would be very suspicious.

27th Aug 2011, 08:30

A 175 bhp Corsa faster than a Civic Type R - very doubtful!

Yes, it's a bit lighter than the Civic, and I don't doubt it would keep up, but beat it, no chance!

A Clio 182, which is on par with a Type R is lighter than the Corsa!

And as for the M3 comment - LOL!

26th Oct 2011, 15:46

I have owned my 1.8 SRi for 2 weeks, and love it... We have a BMW 318ti, and to tell you the truth, I reckon my car would leave it standing (to my husband's horror!).

Please people stop b*$!&hing about which car is better and just enjoy them... It took me ages to find the 1.8 SRi, and now that I've got one, I won't be selling it too soon, although going from a 1.2 SXi was a big shock where the petrol was concerned, but hey I love it, and it's worth it to see the faces on boy racer's faces when they try and race me, especially if they get the chance to see I'm a woman... LOL!

I agree with most of the people who have commented on here; if you're a bit undecided about buying one, go and have a drive, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.