Sporty new Corsa a joy about town

Sporty new Corsa a joy about town
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The new Vauxhall Corsa SXi “sits below the Corsa SRi in the line-up, and offers equipment designed to make the car feel more sporty than the lower-spec models, but without the hard sports suspension from the SRi”, says Auto Express. The car is available in either three-door or five-door versions with a choice of engines including 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrols, and a 1.3-litre diesel with a range of power outputs – from the 84bhp 1.2i to the 99bhp 1.4i. “The best option to go for if you’re concerned about fuel consumption is the 1.3CDTi diesel, which fitted with a manual gearbox and start-stop technology can return 74mpg”. The 1.2-litre, 84bhp petrol version is “the budget option” with prices starting at £13,520. “As the SXi is a higher-up trim it comes with plenty of standard equipment, though. “This includes 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, tinted windows, a chromed exhaust pipe, cruise control and darkened headlights and taillights for a sportier look. Air-conditioning and stop-start are available on the Corsa SXi a/c s/s models. “Inside the Corsa SXi you get sporty-looking seats and dials, a leather steering wheel, 60/40 folding rear seats and a multi-function trip computer. All of this kit comes on top of that offered in the lower-spec models, like steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, heated door mirrors, a CD/MP3 player and daytime running lights.” Overall, the Corsa SXi “has a decent interior” which is “relatively well laid out”, as well as “a comfortable driving position, light controls and a compact body, which means it’s best suited to driving in town”. It’s practical, too: “Opening the tailgate reveals a usefully low loading lip and a competitive 285 litres of boot space. Fold the rear bench flat and the capacity increases to 1,100 litres (or 1,050 in the three-door model).” (Link: Auto Express, 7 April)

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