Born in the Britpop, Walkman and shell-suits age to the sounds of The Spice Girls it has outlived them and is still Vauxhall’s best-seller.
|What’s more it consistently lurks in the top ten best sellers list and blocks out more modern super-mini rivals.
A lot of that success must be down to price, although it’s not cheap but it’s cheerful and actually when taking into account the rate of inflation the Corsa today is less expensive than when introduced.
Maturity means the Vauxhall Corsa is more powerful, economical and “greener” than ever and delivers these virtues with a sophistication and refinement unheard of in 1993.
Corsa means ‘race’ in Italian.
Vauxhall has sold two-million Corsas in the UK
Around 20,000 have been sold to police forces
There have been convertibles and pick-ups
Grey is the most popular colour at the moment
Originally it cost £7,195
Today’s price means it’s actually less after inflation
An electric Corsa will arrive in 2019
I had a brief opportunity to reacquaint myself with Vauxhall’s super-baby in its SRi Nav trim with 100ps 1.4 litre turbo-petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox. It has the DNA of the noughties boy racers but it’s playing a modern generation game with its appeal and ability.
The smooth running, pokey powerplant and sporty six-speed gearbox are a delight once you come to terms with the surprisingly longer travel clutch, and it steers and stops with confidence and precision.
You just have to read the road ahead and carefully anticipate overtaking opportunities and the Corsa 1.4T rewards with swift and safe responses.
It pulls well, particularly through the gears in mid-range, and it provided a composed character on main roads, returning over 47mpg without a problem.
Seats are sporty and supporting infront with reasonable room but those in the back might find legroom was short once they wriggled into them.
The boot holds 280 litres with the backseat in use and almost 1,100 litres maximum. It’s not the roomiest of modern superminis but will take a few cases and it’s easy to use.
There is something Tardis-like about the Corsa, not because is bigger inside than out but it is a true time-travelling machine, and who’s not going to enjoy it?
|Vauxhall Corsa SRi Nav 1.4T||£14,345 (with options £17,190)|
|Mechanical:||4cyl 1364cc 100ps turbo-petrol engine, 6sp front wheel drive|
|Max speed: 115mph||0-60mph: 11 seconds|
|Fuel consumption: 47.5mpg||© Robin Roberts|