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Corsa revisions add appeal to wallet and heart

Date: 19 November 2009

Vauxhall has made a number of revisions to its Corsa line-up, to make it more efficient, better to drive, better equipped and with rebranded trim levels.

All the manual petrol and diesel models bar the sporty VXR are now under 130g/km, while the 130PS 1.7 diesel Corsa now joins its 1.3-litre sibling in the 13% benefit-in-kind band as a result of dropping below 121g/km. The 1.0-litre petrol model is now in the 10% BIK banding as its emissions drop from 134 to 117g/km despite a 5PS power increase to 65PS, while the 1.2 and 1.4 petrol models drop by 15 and 17g/km respectively to both nestle below 130g/km.

The standard kit has also been dramatically increased, especially on the SE trim level, which now has heated seats and steering wheel, cruise control and trip computer. That trim is also the one that receives the highest price hike, though the increase of around £150 wouldn't have bought those increased standard items from the options list. The rest of the range, which now mirrors the Astra and Insignia in terms of S, Exclusiv, SE, SXi and SRi trim levels, is largely unchanged in pricing terms. The SXi and SRi models also get the cruise control and trip computer despite no price increase and the SRi also includes air conditioning, VXR body kit and 17-inch alloys.

Vauxhall also claims to have improved the driving experience of the Corsa, thanks to revisions to the suspension and steering.

The revised model will be on sale early next year.