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10 things we learned about the Vauxhall Corsa VXR

Date: 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.