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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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating rating

4.0 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety 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 turned its fortunes around. On the safety front, the Corsa's four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating (out of a maximum of five) should be too much cause for concern. The tests have become ever-more stringent in recent years and are now much 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.

Safety

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 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 Corsa-e models get lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance, speed-limit recognition, driver drowsiness warning, hill-start assistance, automatic emergency braking and ISOFIX child-seat fixings on outer rear seats, while Elite Premium brings blind-spot monitoring to its list of safety features.

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