Electric Vauxhall Corsa now available to lease
Say hello to the all-new Vauxhall Corsa, which made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It’s now available to lease, including the zero-emissions Corsa-e. Here’s what you need to know about Vauxhall’s new Fiesta rival.
The all-electric version gets a list price of £26,490, while combustion-engined models include two 1.2-litre petrol engines (priced from £15,550) and a 1.5-litre diesel (priced from £17,560).
The new car gets a much sleeker look than the outgoing model, with sharp lines running down the side along with an all-new face that fits in with the newer Vauxhall models such as the Crossland X. It’ll only be available as a five-door hatch and its dimensions are set to be slightly larger than its predecessor.
It does, however, weigh less; it’s around 40kg lighter than the current car, which improves the efficiency of the petrol and diesel variants and also maximises the range of the electric version.
On the inside, there’s a 7in touchscreen infotainment unit in the middle of the dashboard, while the driver benefits from digital readouts rather than analogue dials.
The infotainment screen can be ordered as a larger 10in unit depending on trim level, too. Quality has taken a step up, with the Corsa now based on the same PSA platform as the upcoming Peugeot 208.
Like the Peugeot, it’ll get an all-electric drivetrain option too – making using of the same 50kWh battery as the 208e. Making 134bhp, it’ll get a range of around 205 miles. The battery can also be recharged to 80% in half an hour, with onboard charging cables offered as standard.
Performance-wise, it’ll get to 60mph from rest in 8.1 seconds, while that lowdown torque means it’ll get to 30mph in just 3.1 seconds.
Corsa-e drivers can choose from three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. Sport alters responsiveness and delivers more performance, which results in a moderate loss in driving range of around 10%.
In “Eco”, the Corsa-e becomes a long-distance runner. All the car’s systems and the electric drive are adjusted for maximum energy efficiency, without significant detrimental effect on comfort. Compared with “Sport”, the range is increased by up to 40%.
An entry-level 75hp 1.2-litre petrol is the entry-level petrol model, while a more potent three-cylinder turbo 1.2-litre producing 100hp is also available. Two versions of a 1.5-litre diesel will be offered too. The less powerful petrol comes with a five-speed gearbox, while the 100hp turbo can be specified with an eight-speed automatic gearbox or six-speed automatic.
Trim-wise, four core models will be offered. SE is the entry-level version that features a 7in infotainment system, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, 16in alloys and LED headlights. SRi models get a sportier alloy design, front fog lights, an exterior styling pack, sport mode and rear parking sensors among other additions.
Elite Nav adds a contrasting black roof, ambient lighting, a rear view camera, front parking sensors and electric folding door mirrors. Ultimate Nav is the range-topping version, adding 17in alloys, a larger 10in touchscreen, Vauxhall’s IntelliLux Matrix headlights, radar cruise control and keyless entry and start.
By 2024, Vauxhall will have an electrified version of every model in its range. A key role is played by the ‘shared multi-energy platforms’.
As part of the PACE! strategic plan, Vauxhall’s Corsa-e is leading the charge when it comes to Vauxhall’s electric ambitions. The brand wants to ensure every model in its range will feature an electrified drivetrain option by 2024.