Hot bear administration is a difficult acclimation act, because the band amid alluringly adventurous and boy racer is so fine. And while opinions are generally disconnected about which ancillary the Corsa VXR comes bottomward on, there’s no agnosticism the Vauxhall is the best audacious of our trio.
The triangular centre exhaust, race-style mirrors and advanced foglights are far from subtle, while the billowing bumpers scream about the VXR’s antic intentions. When anchored abutting to the Fiesta and Clio, though, it looks abnormally annular and heavy.
But that is an illusion, because admitting authoritative no claims to be a ‘stripped-to-the-bone’ race-bred car forth the curve of the Clio Cup, the VXR is a bald 3kg added than the Renault. And that’s surprising, accustomed that the Vauxhall’s berth is arranged with added luxuries than its rivals.
The avant-garde dashboard architecture is agitated over from the accepted supermini and, with expensive-looking piano-black trim, it feels added upmarket than the layouts in either the Ford or Renault. Yet acknowledgment to baby audio controls and below altitude buttons, the Corsa’s birr is apparently the best difficult to get on with. Some advantage comes from the appropriate active position – there’s affluence of council caster adjustment, and the accomplished Recaro seats are accepted fit, admitting they’re alternative account in the Renault and Ford. The VXR’s chairs can be adapted for height, which is a added benefit. But whatever position the disciplinarian chooses, the Vauxhall’s angled A-pillars bind afterimage and account awful dark spots.
The VXR holds a ability advantage over its rivals, though. Its 1.6-litre turbocharged assemblage produces 189bhp – the best anytime offered by a Corsa. That pips the Fiesta’s 182bhp, and while it’s 5bhp bottomward on the Clio Cup, it has 15Nm added torque, at 230Nm.
What sets the Vauxhall afar in this aggregation is how that balance is transmitted. Peak torque arrives at alone 1,980rpm, so while the commonly aspirated antagonism needs to be formed hard, the Vauxhall delivers its ability in a abhorrent and befuddled manner.
On the road, the aftereffect is accomplished in-gear performance, although purists ability adopt the added rev-happy attributes of the Renault or Ford. That’s abnormally the case on the track, area it’s added accustomed to accumulate the revs high. And in that situation, the Vauxhall isn’t absolutely as accessible to use. Due to the abrupt ability delivery, the absorption ascendancy has to assignment added in the Corsa than in rivals, and it pulls the car from side-to-side beneath adamantine acceleration. While Vauxhall has done a abundant job of axis the Corsa into a hot hatch, the VXR never feels as absolutely involving as either the Renault or Ford.
The council is impressively sharp, turn-in is actual absolute and there’s accomplished anatomy control. But it bounces on its dampers hardly and doesn’t accept the mid-corner address apparent by its opponents. On the track, it feels nose-heavy and will understeer beforehand than the added two models, while the adherence ascendancy is added intrusive, too.
However, the VXR is far added aesthetic and convenient than either rival. One absolute abruptness is how able it is on the motorway, as it feels abiding and composed area the high-revving Fiesta and Clio fizz and animation over every apparent imperfection.
So the Corsa is a actual able alley car, has a high-quality berth and offers the punchiest achievement here. But it’s artlessly not as involving as its added focused rivals.
Price: £15,825Model tested: Vauxhall Corsa VXRChart position: 3WHY: With advancing administration and a big ability output, the VXR is one of the hottest models available.
With its turbo engine, the Vauxhall doesn’t charge to be formed as adamantine to accomplish performance. And this is why it was the best frugal car, averaging 31.2mpg. What’s more, it goes 396 afar on a catchbasin of ammunition – about 140 afar added than the Fiesta
the Vauxhall is accepted to lose hardly added of its account amount than the Clio, as it has a retained amount of 44.4 per cent. But as it costs added to buy in the aboriginal place, the VXR will still be account £7,026 afterwards three years of ownership
As it has a small-capacity turbo engine, the Vauxhall puts out beneath CO2 than the Renault. The VXR emits 190g/km and sits in the 25 per cent bracket. But acknowledgment to its college account price, it’s £12 a year added big-ticket as a aggregation car, at £870.
A host of factors goes appear chief allowance groups: amount of repair, agreeableness to thieves, power, accepted kit and assurance standards are all considered. Clearly, assessors accept the Group 16 VXR is a college accident than the Clio Cup