As we all know, the new Vauxhall Corsa is available on the market today but what are the pros and cons compared to its rivals? Let’s find out!
The Corsa has been Vauxhall’s best-selling car for many years and after eight years on sale, it has secured a permanent position in the top five of the UK sales charts. The new Corsa is a strong contender in the supermini hatchback market due to its quality, upmarket interior, vast space, modern technology and fun driving experience.
If the Corsa is not your cup of tea then don’t worry; there are some excellent alternatives available that you should seriously consider. These include the Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo and the Ford Fiesta.
Here we have a head-to-head comparison of the Vauxhall Corsa against the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia and an award winning Ford Fiesta.
There is no comparing any of these cars exterior; they all have their own distinctive design. Each car has had a recent facelift, however the Corsa has received the most updates from its 2006 original with reshaped headlights and grille.
Whilst the Polo has retained most of the design of its 2009 launch car, it is still more stylish than the Corsa. The overall design of the Fiesta is pretty solid and well-shaped whilst the new Skoda Fabia features dashing new look with sharper styling.
The interior quality of the VW Polo is hard to match in terms of its strong materials and finish. We love the simplicity of the Polo and its new colour touch screen is exceptionally user-friendly! There are plenty of steering wheel and driver seat adjustment options available for a comfortable ride. The overall visibility is excellent too!
On the other hand, even though the Vauxhall Corsa has a nice interior, it still can’t match the VW Polo. The overall look and feel of the interior is pretty cool. The new generation model takes pride in the driver control within the instrument panel, which is themed around horizontal lines. The new fourth generation Corsa is now available with IntelliLink, the communications system which has already been seen in the ADAM.
Nowadays, the Skoda Fabia performs very well on UK roads. It offers plenty of adjustments to the seat and steering wheel to increase comfort. The dashboard is logically laid out with a five inch central touch screen. Thanks to its tall windows and thin pillars it also brings a excellent visibility to all views.
The Ford Fiesta boasts a comfortable and high-quality interior. It has a centrally mounted screen and a mobile phone inspired layout.
As we know, supermini hatchbacks are often practical and spacious enough to accommodate a family of four adults, however the boot space has always been questionable.
The Skoda Fabia may look smaller on the outside, however it is actually surprisingly roomy on the inside. It’s bigger inside than the Polo, offering a 315 litre capacity, when you fold the rear seats down, this expands to 1,150 litres. With rear seats folded down, the Vauxhall Corsa offers a smaller boot space of 1,050 litres and 285 litres with the rear seats up. Fiesta offers 290 litres of boot space, extendable to 974 litres with the rear seats folded down.
All of these car come with a range of petrol and diesel engines. Fuel economy and low running costs are a major consideration. All these models come with green buzzwords including Ford’s Ecoboost, Vauxhall’s EcoFlex and VW’s Bluemotion technology.
If we take a look at the entry level vehicles, then all cars come with a small 1.0 litre engine with around 60 horse power. Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Skoda offer three cylinders and 12 valves in their 1.0 litre engine cars whilst Ford offers a 1.25 Duratec four cylinder engine. All these engines are very powerful and economical, offering great fuel efficiency – 54mpg (miles per gallon) Ford, 55mpg Vauxhall and 60mpg for Skoda and Volkswagen.
The most economical diesel engine is available in the Skoda Fabia range; its 1.4 litre TDI engine achieves an excellent 83 mpg (miles per gallon) fuel efficiency. VW’s 1.4 litre Bluemotion TDI engine offers a great 91.1 mpg (miles per gallon) fuel efficiency. If you are fan of petrol and need an economical engine then Ford’s 1.0 litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine is for you, offering 65.7mpg (miles per gallon)fuel economy.
Equipment levels vary, but virtually every car nowadays comes with air-conditioning as standard with options such as Bluetooth, sat-nav and voice activation available on most cars.
All these cars come with remote central locking, tyre pressure monitoring system, hill assist control, multiple airbags, anti-lock braking system, radio and MP3/USB connectivity as standard.
In the supermini range, it has been a tough battle but we like the simplicity of Volkswagen Polo and it comes with smart styling, an impressive interior, quality, powerful engines and Volkswagen badge as well! So VW Polo is the top ranker in our list.
Our second vote goes to Ford Fiesta for its great driving experience and it excels in all the important areas. Fiesta is among the top selling cars in the UK from the last ten years.
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