Vauxhall Corsa Electric review: boot space, seating & practicality
The Corsa Electric's boot is a good size, but it misses out on the petrol car's underfloor storage, which leaves nowhere to put the charging cables
|Length||Width||Height||Boot volume (seats up/down)|
There’s very little to complain about when it comes to the Corsa Electric's practicality – so long as you can make your peace with spending more than £30k (or the equivalent PCP monthly finance payment) on a supermini measuring just over four metres long.
Regardless, there’s enough room in the back for adults to sit comfortably on short journeys and there’s little compromise when it comes to boot space. Although you do miss out on the petrol car’s underfloor storage – even the dinky MINI Electric manages to offer that. So you’ll need to factor this in if you’re filling the boot with shopping or luggage; the last thing you want is the cables tangled up in the footwells, taking up valuable space in the back.
Vauxhall Corsa Electric interior space, storage & comfort
The Corsa Electric’s conventional interior means there’s no sacrifice to be made when it comes to passenger space, storage and comfort. There’s a pair of decent-sized door bins, plus a cubby between the front seats big enough for a wallet and some keys. There are two cupholders on the centre console, occupying space freed up by the electronic handbrake and sleek gearlever. There’s a sizeable storage tray ahead of the gearlever, too, which is great for storing odds and ends like your mobile phone.
Officially, the standard Corsa’s 309-litre boot shrinks to 267 litres in this electric version – not really any worse than this car’s supermini rivals, but short of what the (cheaper, but larger overall) MG4 EV can offer.
In reality, though, the Corsa Electric boasts the same usable boot space as its petrol or diesel siblings, with one important caveat – a lack of underfloor storage. This leaves you nowhere to keep the charging cables, so you end up flinging them in with your shopping or leaving them tangled on the rear seat.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe evergreen Vauxhall Corsa is available with an electric powertrain, but you’ll pay a big premium over the equivalent petrol version
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe ability to charge at up to 100kW from public rapid points is standard across the Corsa Electric range, and home charging times are reasonable, too
- 3Running costs & insuranceIf you can stomach the high list price, the Vauxhall Corsa Electric can be an incredibly cost-effective small car to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Corsa Electric benefits from its Peugeot-Citroen underpinnings, which make it feel agile but easy to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe electric Corsa's dashboard is a little drab, while the scratchy plastics on the doors aren't befitting of its price tag
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe Corsa Electric's boot is a good size, but it misses out on the petrol car's underfloor storage, which leaves nowhere to put the charging cables
- 7Reliability & safety ratingDon't be put off by the Corsa Electric's four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating; the car comes loaded with safety kit