On Test: Vauxhall Corsa 1.0T

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The Vauxhall SRi badge has a rather illustrious history being attached to some of the quicker variants of Vauxhalls over the decades. Sadly nowadays the SRi badge doesn’t have the same significance that it used to.

However the new Vauxhall Corsa SRi may still have some of the essence that made SRi models so much fun.

Being a Corsa it already has very good chassis architecture and this new Corsa generation features all new body panels for a sleeker look to match its rather spirited ride. For this particular SRi model, Vauxhall have thrown in the good old SRi badge, a 1.0L turbocharged engine and a stylish VX-Line bodykit.

So is the SRi badge well and truly back on this new-generation Corsa?

Lets start with the engine. This Corsa SRi features the most un-SRi engine of all time. It’s a downsized 1.0L three-cylinder engine. However it is turbocharged.

The performance figures stand at 113hp and 122 lb-ft of torque while 0-62mph is completed in 10.3s and the top speed is 121mph.

That isn’t a mind-boggling amount of power, especially as this Corsa isn’t as light as the SRi Vauxhall Novas of yore but it is a spritely engine and being a three-cylinder it sounds rather good.

While some Vauxhall SRi purists will prefer the bigger engined SRi models, this three-cylinder unit is essentially a modern day SRi engine with improved economy and running costs without the expense of performance.

Vauxhall haven’t just dropped a bodykit and a different engine into this Corsa and pushed it off the production line. The Corsa SRi also has received “sports suspension”.

Sports suspension goes in quote marks because it’s not really sports suspension, its actually forgiving and comfortable riding well over the worst of roads. The only difference between the suspension on this and a standard Corsa is really the fact that it has been lowered by a few millimetres.

Being a Vauxhall Corsa you get a well-equipped overall package. This SRi VX-Line has a heated windscreen, heated seats, heated door mirrors, heated steering wheel as well as air conditioning, sports pedals, sports-style seats that are unfortunately styled on a dress from the mid-1990s, automatic rain-sensing wipers and automatic lights.

Not the usual equipment for an SRi model but a great package to bring the SRi badge forward into the modern day.

Even though the SRi badge really doesn’t mean as much on a Vauxhall as it used to back in the glory days of the Vauxhall Nova, this car is worthy of the badge. It’s fun to drive, feels great, it has a lively engine and of course the bottom line is that it’s a Vauxhall Corsa which makes it cheap to run and easy to drive.

So yes this Vauxhall Corsa SRi VX-Line with its 1.0L engine is a good car. It has a turbo, decent power, nice handling and great styling. It looks great pretty much anywhere.

This one is 15 grand and for that you can actually get a used last generation Corsa VXR Nurburgring Edition that is by no means a bad car. So if you’re in the market for a hot Vauxhall Corsa a trip to Auto Trader is recommended.

Now if you want sporty driving characteristics and styling underlined by an economical, well-equipped package then this Vauxhall Corsa SRi VX-Line is a prime candidate as it is easy to drive and run.

While the true SRi driving experience isn’t fully embodied in this Corsa, there is an essence of it lingering in one of the best superminis currently on the market.

Vauxhall Corsa 1.0T [115] ecoFLEX SRi VX-Line 5dr

Price: £15,370

Engine: 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol

Transmisison: 6-speed manual; front-wheel-drive

Power/Torque: 113bhp; 125lb/ft

Economy/Emissions: 56.5mpg; 117g/km

0-62mph: 10.3secs

Top speed: 121mph

By James Fothergill

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