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The Vauxhall Corsa is no stranger to the red carpet having scooped more than it’s fair share of awards.
But we suspect the Corsa 1.3 CDTi Easytronic – a diesel version with an automatic gearbox - won’t be winning over many pundits.
Whilst most superminis have petrol engines and manual gearboxes – for good reason – this latest Corsa incarnation has flown in the face of convention… and the results are fairly unspectacular.
Yes, the 1.0 petrol-engined manual form is still a very decent supermini. But the diesel auto…? Hmmm. The 1.3 CDTi engine is available with a five-speed automated manual box, dubbed Easytronic and claiming 84g/km and 85.6mpg combined. A little ambitious! One on-line reviewer claims to have only maxed 65mpg in real-world testing so you’ll have to make your own mind up about that. It’s ok, but what is more alarming is the gear box. Don’t expect much in the way of nippiness – which surely is the very thing you should expect from a supermini. No this chap is far more ponderous. He likes to take his time, consider his options, weigh up the pros and cons.
For sure, when it’s in cruise mode, you can expect a good quality drive, although the steering can be rather bland and lacklustre, supposedly because it’s been tuned for the city streets rather than the open road.
Inside, the spec includes a modern touch-screen infotainment set-up, but from a style perspective it looks in need of a refashion, it’s just a little old hat for my taste.
Overall, it’s managed to retain it’s sense of spaciousness, but when it comes to clever storage and use of space it’s nowhere near in the same class as some of its supermini rivals.
So, yes the Corsa is still a decent supermini…but with this engine and gearbox? No it’s just not happening.
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