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Vauxhall Corsa-e range, battery & charging

The ability to charge at up to 100kW from public rapid points is standard across the Corsa-e range, and home charging times are reasonable, too

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

RangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
222 miles7hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)28mins (10-80%, 100kW)

As with the Corsa-e’s Peugeot e-208 and DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE sister models, there’s currently only one battery option available. However, given the car’s diminutive size, few would wish for more – especially when you consider the 220-odd mile range on offer.

If you need to charge up while out and about, the Corsa's battery can be replenished to 80% capacity in about half an hour from a 100kW rapid charger. These are getting more common in the UK, but many public points are still 50kW – taking near-enough twice as long to perform the same task.

Vauxhall Connect – a feature of the MyVauxhall smartphone app – allows you to access information such as the remaining range and the cheapest recharging option, as well as pre-conditioning the interior to a set temperature. Smartphone users can also see the charging status of their car, remotely start the air-conditioning and select the charging time required.

Vauxhall Corsa-e range

As mentioned, there’s only the one 50kWh battery available for the Corsa-e. Initially, official testing recorded a range of up to 209 miles for the car, but following technical updates in December 2021, the official number for cars built since then is 222 miles.

The Corsa’s lower weight and more aerodynamic body gives it an extra 10 or so miles of range compared to its Mokka-e sibling, however in reality the range is likely to be closer to 180 miles – depending on the type of driving you do and external factors like the weather and temperature.

Charge time

Every version of the Vauxhall Corsa-e comes with a Type 2 cable for public charging, but you have to pay extra for a conventional three-pin plug, which seems a bit stingy given the car’s list price.

The Corsa is available with either a 7.4 or 11kW on-board charger, which affects how quickly it can charge from a domestic charging point. However, you need three-phase domestic electricity to take advantage of the 11kW upgrade, and this isn't very common in UK homes, so check before stumping up the cash.

If you do, Vauxhall quotes a 15-80% charge time of three hours and 20 minutes, compared to five hours for the 7.4kW setup. Regardless, all Corsa-e models come with a CCS port, ensuring an 80% top-up in as little as 30 minutes from a 100kW public rapid charger.

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