Vauxhall Corsa goes greenerCould it be the cleanest model range in the UK?
19 November 2009
Revised engines and chassis enhancements for the Vauxhall Corsa mean that five out of six Corsa engines will emit less than 125g/km CO2.
And Vauxhall reckons its sub-125g/km CO2 sales will outstrip those of any other car in the UK. Every single manual gearbox now officially exceeds 50mpg combined, too - except the high performance VXR.
More mpg, more power
The Ecoflex model remains the greenest Corsa. With its 1.3-litre turbodiesel engine boosted to 93bhp, the Ecoflex now achieves a claimed 76.3mpg combined while emitting just 98g/km CO2.
And there's good news about petrol Corsas too. Each of these models gets a power boost alongside the improvement in efficiency. The entry-level 1.0-litre petrol, for example, produces 64bhp (up by 5bhp) yet its emissions drop to 117g/km of CO2. This results in vehicle excise duty (road tax) of just £35 a year - two bands lower than before.
Overall, the Corsa range achieves a 13% improvement in fuel economy, and most versions now have a gearshift indicator to promote eco driving.
Extra comfort, added fun
In addition to the changes under the bonnet, the Corsa also receives tweaks to its steering and suspension.
Thicker anti-roll bars, new bushings, reduced spring rates and revised dampers should help make the ride more comfortable, while changes to the steering geometry and retuned electronic stability control (where fitted) should enhance the handling.
Heated steering wheel in a supermini
SE, SXi and SRi specification cars all gain standard cruise control and an onboard computer with no cost increase, while the SRi gets cheaper even though it now comes with air conditioning, 17-inch alloys and a VXR styling kit.
The SE also gets a unique feature in the supermini class - a heated leather steering wheel to go with its heated front seats.
The revised Vauxhall Corsa is available to order now, with prices starting at £10,285
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