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 turned its fortunes around. On the safety front, the Corsa's four-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating (out of a maximum of five) shouldn't 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
In the latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the Vauxhall Corsa (not just the Corsa-e) managed to finish 59th in the top 75 new cars rundown – five places behind its sister car, the Peugeot 208. Meanwhile, Vauxhall as a brand finished 19th out of 29 carmakers, ahead of even Mercedes and Audi which is commendable.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe evergreen Vauxhall Corsa is these days available with an electric powertrain, making it one of the most affordable ways into zero-emissions motoring
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe 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
- 3Running costs & insuranceIf you can stomach the high list price, the Vauxhall Corsa-e can be an incredibly cost-effective small car to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe 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 the scratchy plastics on the doors aren't befitting of its 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