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Vauxhall Corsa-e reliability & safety

Don’t be put off by the Corsa-e’s four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating; the car comes loaded with safety kit

Vauxhall Corsa-e
Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety 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 in 2017, the maker will be looking to turn its fortunes around over the next few years. 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.

Don’t read too much into that, however, as the company was recently bought by the French PSA Group, so it makes more sense to look at how some of that group's models fared – as the Corsa’s platform has Peugeot and Citroen blood running through its veins. It’s pleasing to discover, therefore, that the Peugeot 3008 came second overall.

PSA bosses will be hoping for a stronger standing in the manufacturer’s list in 2021, too; Vauxhall 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 – something Vauxhall’s parent company will have a keen willingness to rectify on this wave of new models.

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 – 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.

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