10 things we learned about the Vauxhall Corsa VXR
27 November 2015
Author: Alisdair Suttie
The Vauxhall Corsa VXR may have grown up a bit, but it's still a bit of a tearaway, as Al Suttie finds out.
|Category:|| Hot hatch|
|Key rival:|| Ford Fiesta ST|
|Model tested:|| VXR Performance Pack|
|Price as tested:|| £21,820|
1: There's a pleasing menace to the looks of the Corsa VXR, though it's lead to a few 'yoofs' driving too close for comfort.
2: Optional 18-inch alloy wheels look the part and come with the Performance Package that also brings bigger brakes.
3: Also included with the Performance Pack is firmer suspension that spoils the ride comfort on most roads.
4: Holy moly, this thing is quick from point to point. The 1.6 turbo engine picks up quickly from low revs and pulls and pulls.
5: Brembo brakes are up to the Corsa VXR's performance and slow the car very effectively. More pedal feel would be good, though.
6: While most of the VXR's cabin is a little too close to a standard Corsa's, the seats are superbly comfortable and supportive.
7: It's a shame the seats don't have a better position memory after accessing the decently roomy rear seats.
8: Still on those seats, the slide release button feels frail and likely to snap off.
9: So-so economy may be acceptable for a hot hatch, but it's a chore stopping so often at petrol stations.
10: For all its rough edges, the Corsa VXR wheedles its way into your affections with its hard-charging nature.