Vauxhall Corsa Exclusiv 1.3CDTi Finance – May 27
Vauxhall Corsa Exclusiv 1.3CDTi 16v (95PS) ecoFlex
My electric toothbrush costs more to run than the Vauxhall Corsa Exclusiv 1.3CDTi 16v (95PS) ecoFlex (or so it seems). This supermini therefore averages – yes averages – 85.6mpg rising to 91.1mpg on the extra-urban cycle. Even through town it returns 76.3mpg. Pleasingly, despite the frugality it also hits 62mph in a fair 12.3 seconds. This workhorse's low fuel consumption ensures it has rock-bottom emissions too - so it sits in road tax band A/£0. Insurance is also cheap thanks to its Group 8 rating (of 50). Irrespective of the running costs, the Vauxhall Corsa Exclusiv 1.3CDTi 16v (95ps) ecoFlex is a capable car. Strengths include the light steering, smooth five-speed manual transmission and confident cornering that make motoring easy. It also has a spacious cabin that comfortably seats four people and five can squeeze-in at a push. This complements the class-competitive 285-litre boot that can be increased to 1,050-litres by folding the rear seats flat. The only negative is that the equipment specification is (arguably) a little sparse considering the £14,900 price tag. As such highlights include the: front electric windows, electric mirrors, MP3 connectivity and CD player. This Vauxhall Corsa does, however, also have a start/stop system that saves fuel by automatically switching-off the diesel engine when stationary. This might be at a red light or during a traffic jam. It then re-starts within a second of the driver pressing the clutch to engage first gear. This on/off system can be unnerving initially but works nicely.