Cars Vauxhall Corsa 1.4T 150 Red Edition quick review: a budget hot hatch

12:16  09 january  2017
12:16  09 january  2017 Source:   Motoring Research

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Prices and deals. The Vauxhall Corsa Red Edition starts at a hefty £17,920 for the three-door, and £18,520 for the five-door. That’s hard to stomach when the VXR costs £18,925 – and you get a significantly hotter Corsa for the money. Reviewer. Andrew Brady. Review Date. 2017-01-06. Reviewed Item. Vauxhall Corsa 1 . 4 T 150 Red Edition .

First Drive. 2015 Vauxhall Corsa VXR UK review . Hot Corsa majors on pace, purpose and performance value. Brash, boisterous and great fun – if a little lacking in finesse. by Autocar. That brings us to the new Corsa Red Edition . It gets an uprated version of the Vauxhall ’s 1 . 4 -litre turbocharged petrol engine, which now pumps out 148bhp and develops 162lb ft of torque. To set it apart from lesser Corsas, it gets 17in diamond cut alloy wheels, a large rear spoiler, a sports bodykit and a black roof.

The Vauxhall Corsa is Britain’s second-best-selling car, consistently coming in behind its arch-nemesis, the Ford Fiesta. However, a stream of tempting finance offers, combined with desirable special editions, could make the Vauxhall Corsa a very sensible proposition for those looking for an affordable supermini.

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What’s the Vauxhall Corsa 1 . 4 T Red Edition like to drive? It’s certainly energetic. This engine is a step up over the next most powerful model in the range, the 98bhp 1 . 4 T , although not as aggressive as the full-fat VXR. Seat Ibiza SC FR 1 . 4 150 PS. Vauxhall Corsa Red Edition Engine size 1 . 4 -litre petrol Price £17,125 Power 148bhp Torque 162lb ft 0-62mph 8.9sec Top speed 129mph Fuel economy 49.6mpg CO2 132g/km. Reviews .

2016 Vauxhall Corsa 1 . 4 T 150 Red Edition review . This is Vauxhall ’s warm version of its Corsa supermini. Not, perhaps, the most delicate, subtle or precise sort of fun you’ll ever have at the wheel of hot hatchback, but a visceral giggle, undoubtedly – and a particularly purposeful and involving one if you’ve got the forearms, and the budget , for it.

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The Corsa Red Edition is a warm version, designed to appeal to young buyers who’d like a degree of performance but can’t afford the running costs of the full-fat Corsa VXR. We’ve spent a week with it on UK roads to find out whether you should spend your money on one.

Prices and deals

The Vauxhall Corsa Red Edition starts at a hefty £17,920 for the three-door, and £18,520 for the five-door. That’s hard to stomach when the VXR costs £18,925 – and you get a significantly hotter Corsa for the money. No one pays full retail price for a Corsa, though, and a search on Auto Trader reveals dealers offering pre-registered examples for around £14,000.

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Vauxhall Corsa Review . View all years. Overall rating. The Vauxhall Corsa is an excellent small car. It’s pleasant to live with, a cheap company car, and an affordable private buy. The Mini Hatch is a great all-rounder, and one that should be on your shortlist if you want a high-end supermini. …

1 . 4 T [ 150 ] Red Edition 5dr. Rated 2 out of 5. All Standard Extra cost. The Mini Hatch is a great all-rounder, and one that should be on your shortlist if you want a high-end supermini. …

What are its rivals?

The Red Edition squares up against the 140hp Ford Fiesta ST-Line, which costs £17,195 – and, naturally, we also find ourselves thinking we’d beg and borrow the extra £700 for the brilliant Fiesta ST. There are no shortage of warm rivals in the supermini segment – including the 150hp SEAT Ibiza FR, which starts at £17,045 in three-door SC guise.

What engine does it use?

What engine does it use? © Vauxhall What engine does it use?

Under the bonnet of the Vauxhall Corsa Red Edition, you’ll find a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4-litre petrol engine you’ll find in lesser Corsas. It’s also used in the Vauxhall Adam S in the same 150hp guise as featured here.

How fast?

It’s not set-your-pants-on-fire fast, hitting 62mph in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 129mph. For comparison, the Ford Fiesta ST-Line takes 9.0 seconds and tops out at 125mph, while the Vauxhall Corsa VXR completes the 0-62mph sprint in 6.8 seconds before reaching 143mph. That’s helped by a 205hp 1.6-litre turbo engine, though.

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Read reviews and specifications of various Vauxhall CORSA models by expert What Car? team. Vauxhall Corsa Versions & specs. Edition . On the road. 1 . 4 T [ 150 ] Red Edition 3dr. The Mini Hatch is a great all-rounder, and one that should be on your shortlist if you want a high-end supermini. …

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Will I enjoy driving it?

While it won’t thrill boy racers in the same way as the Corsa VXR does, driving the Red Edition is ultimately an enjoyable experience. A decent 162lb ft of torque means it feels quicker than you might expect – especially if you keep it in its peak rev range at 2,750 – 4,500rpm, while the steering is well-weighted and direct (if not a patch on the Fiesta’s).

The suspension is much more compliant than its hairy-chested sibling. But the downside of that is the body-roll, should you attempt to chuck it around in a ‘VXR’ manner. Despite its lowered suspension, it’s not a proper hot hatch in the handling stakes.

Fuel economy and running costs

Fuel economy and running costs © Vauxhall Fuel economy and running costs

This is where the Corsa Red Edition starts to make sense. Not only does it offer an enjoyable driving experience, it also returns a combined 49.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 132g/km. Vauxhall servicing is reasonable, too, and we don’t foresee any major repair bills further down the line.

What’s the interior like?

Bar a splash of red across the dash and a set of aluminium pedals, it’s business as usual inside the Corsa Red. That means a comfortable driving position, easy-to-find switchgear and a large, simple infotainment screen in the centre of the dash. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Corsa’s interior, we wonder if it could have been made a bit more special for the Red Edition. Is some red stitching on the seats and steering wheel too much to ask?

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Is it comfortable?

The Corsa Red Edition isn’t uncomfortable, although we’d feel more inclined to drive it in a spirited manner if there was more side support from the seats. In three-door guise, adult passengers in the rear might not be that happy, either…

Is it practical?

Is it practical? © Vauxhall Is it practical?

With the rear seats in place, boot space comes in at 280 litres. That’s pretty typical for a supermini, coming in 10 litres below the Fiesta and 12 litres smaller than the Ibiza. Access is slightly limited, however – the opening is pretty narrow, which could make squeezing in wider items a challenge.

Tell me about the tech

All Vauxhall Corsas come with the firm’s IntelliLink infotainment system as standard. The latest version of this includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to mirror your phone through the car’s seven-inch touchscreen and access apps on the move. It also means you can use Google or Apple Maps for navigation.

What about safety?

When the Vauxhall Corsa was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014, it achieved a four-star Euro NCAP rating. It scored well for adult and child occupants, with the only let-down being its lack of active safety technology, such as an autonomous city braking system.

Which version should I go for?

Which version should I go for? © Vauxhall Which version should I go for?

If you’re wanting a hot (or warm) Corsa, you’ll be looking at the Red Edition or the VXR hot hatch. For those old enough for insurance not to be a huge concern, the VXR is definitely the daddy – but the Red Edition does offer some benefits aside from its lower running costs. The ride is lovely, something that can’t be said for the VXR. And the Red Edition could prove to be less irksome under day-to-day use than the VXR.

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The Vauxhall Corsa supermini has been popularised with its standard models and hot hatch VXR. Acting as a ‘warm hatch ’ midway point between sensible supermini and crazy hot hatch , the Corsa Red Edition aims to offer a balanced ride that is comfortable for everyday driving and yet still offers sporty performance. We take the new Vauxhall Corsa Red Edition out on the road to see what it is capable of.

What’s the used alternative?

On the second-hand market, you can pick up a year-old example of the latest VXR for as little as £12,000. That saving will go a long way towards the extra running costs. Alternatively, the previous-generation VXR starts at £3,500, while sporty-looking special editions are available to suit all budgets. There’s been a market for warm Vauxhall Corsas ever since the model replaced the Nova in the UK in 1993.

Should I buy one?

If you have around £17,000 to spend on a warm supermini and don’t want the fuss associated with a Corsa VXR or Fiesta ST, then yes, you should buy a Red Edition. It looks good, the running costs are relatively affordable and you’ll enjoy owning it. But when the ‘full-fat’ models are so nearly within reach, we’d be tempted to hold out.

Pub fact

Pub fact © Vauxhall Pub fact

When the 2014 Vauxhall Corsa was revealed at that year’s Paris Motor Show, many criticised it for being little more than a facelift over the previous model. But, despite being based on the same architecture, not a single body panel was carried over. The interior was a big improvement, too – and the latest Corsa genuinely gives the (soon-to-be-replaced) Fiesta a hard time.

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