Vauxhall Corsa-e reliability & safety rating
Don’t be put off by the Corsa-e’s four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating; the car comes loaded with safety kit
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|4 stars (2019)||84%||86%||69%|
Vauxhall doesn’t have the strongest reputation for reliability, but following its takeover by the PSA Group (now Stellantis) in 2017, it has started to turn its fortunes around. The Corsa's four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating is deceptive – remember, the tests have become ever-more stringent in recent years and are tougher to pass than before.
That said, while the Vauxhall shares its rating with sister car the Peugeot 208, the latest Renault Clio was awarded the full five stars thanks to a super-impressive 96% score for adult occupant protection. Still, the Vauxhall’s safety kit list (detailed below) is long and reliability should be on the up.
Vauxhall Corsa-e reliability & problems
The latest Corsa was too new to feature in the latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey; the highest placed Vauxhall was the Astra, which finished 59th in the top 75 new cars rundown. Vauxhall as a brand finished 29th – just one place off the very bottom. Just 13.7% of owners had reported a fault (slightly better than average), and those who responded rated fuel economy and rear legroom highly. But they weren’t best pleased with their cars’ ride and handling.
The Vauxhall Corsa missed out on a full five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating when it was assessed back in 2019. However, respective scores of 84% and 86% for adult and child occupant protection shouldn’t be scoffed at – those are impressive numbers – and if it wasn’t for a slightly lower score for driver-assistance systems, there’s a chance Vauxhall might have nabbed that final star.
All cars get lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, speed-limit recognition, a driver drowsiness warning system, hill-start assistance, automatic emergency braking and ISOFIX child-seat fixings on outer rear seats, while Elite Nav brings blind-spot monitoring to its list of safety features. Hardly a spartan kit list, we’re sure you’ll agree.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe evergreen Vauxhall Corsa has been given a new lease of life with a pure-electric powertrain. But can it compete with talented rivals?
- 2Range, battery & charging11kW home charging is extra, but don’t let that put you off; 100kW rapid charging from public points is standard across the Corsa-e range
- 3Running costs & insuranceIf you can stomach the high list price, the Vauxhall Corsa-e can be an incredibly cost-effective small car to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Corsa-e 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 scratchy plastics on the doors are not befitting of this car’s price tag
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Corsa-e’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 rating - currently readingDon’t be put off by the Corsa-e’s four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating; the car comes loaded with safety kit