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First drive: Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTi 95 Ecoflex S

BIK List Price
Vauxhall Corsa (2011) BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Vauxhall Corsa (2011) BIK Percent
Vauxhall Corsa (2011) CO2
Combined MPG
Vauxhall Corsa (2011) MPG


The Vauxhall Corsa, a stalwart of the small car sector in fleet, has been given a mechanical and cosmetic overhaul for 2011 to keep it fresh alongside slightly newer rivals from Ford and Volkswagen.

CO2 emissions have been reduced, most notably to 94g/km on the 95bhp version of the three-door 1.3 CDTi Ecoflex, thanks to the addition of a stop/start system. The five-door manages an equally impressive 95g/km.

That means the lowest band for BIK tax for diesels (13%) and congestion charge exemption.

Fuel consumption on these models is low too, with combined cycle figures of 80.7mpg for the three-door and 78.5mpg for the five-door. The rest of the Ecoflex models fall into VED bands B or C, not quite low enough to qualify for free VED and congestion charge exemption, but enough to take advantage of sub-120g/km cars falling into the lowest BIK bands.

Externally, the design has been changed to incorporate a new grill and badge, along with new bumpers and ‘eagle eye’ headlights similar to those on the Meriva.

Inside the cabin, a range of new colour options is available for the dashboard trim and for the seats, and while they lift the ambience somewhat, the quality of materials leaves a little to be desired, with a lot of cheap-looking plastic on display.

A new infotainment option is available on all but the lowest two equipment grades and, while expensive at £750 it provides sat-nav, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. It’s very intuitive and simple to operate.

Ride and handling have been improved over old models. Softer front springs and new anti-roll bar bushes mean the Corsa is fairly nimble and enjoyable to drive without compromising ride comfort.

We drove the 1.3CDTi in both power guises: 74bhp and 95bhp. Both produce the same peak torque of 140lb/ft, although it is available throughout more of the rev-range on the higher powered unit.

Both were adequate in town and on the motorway, where they’re fairly quiet and subdued, though they do clatter a bit at low speeds.

The updates to the Corsa have made more appealing in an increasingly image-oriented sector, and coupled with low running costs it makes a good case for itself, despite residual values still being slightly lower than Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.

Author: John Slavin

Fuel costs
Ecoflex diesel with stop-start technology is among the best in class for fuel consumption.
CO2 emissions
The Corsa 1.3 Ecoflex 95 is among the lowest cars on the road for CO2 emissions and should help minimise BIK tax and Class 1 NIC for some time to come.
Residual values
Not the best for residual values given the volume of Corsas that appear on the used market, but this is no big surprise.
Running costs
While it falls behind some key rivals for residual values, this is offset to some extent by the low fuel consumption.
Driver appeal
Non-VXR versions of the Corsa have never garnered much enthusiasm among driving enthusiasts, but this revised version is better to drive than before.
FN Verdict
Welcome improvements to the Corsa range, and good developments in fuel-saving technology strengthen the appeal of the car in a highly competitive sector.
Top Speed
Vauxhall Corsa (2011) Top Speed
VED band
Vauxhall Corsa (2011) Ved
Fuel Type
Vauxhall Corsa (2011) Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £4,175
4 Year 80k : £3,200
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 26.69
4 Year 80k : 24.28

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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