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So I brought this around one year ago as my first car (having just passed my test 3 months before) now I brought it brand new, and as an 18 year old it set me back. But over the last 2 years it has been absolutely brilliant for me. To start with apart from the petrol cost and obviously the basic cost of topping up screen wash ect this car has not needed any more money spent on it. No problems with engine or anything at all in the two years i've had it so far whereas some of my friends who brought a lot cheaper cars for there first cars have broken down and been stranded. Ipod adapter is very useful and create a good atmosphere. If you like acceleration this is very good at it, with an explosive start if needs be. The tire grip is also very good, it makes driving in the rain feel like the road is rough and dry which helps me feel safer, especially on country roads. The looks of it, are maybe the best out of the whole of Vauxhall, especially better than the earlier corsa's. Driving it is brilliant, it drives so smoothly and very easy to adapt to which is something that i needed after just passing my test. The only thing id say if you plan taking 4 people around in this corsa make sure you get the 1.4 engine as i tried the 1.2 with a full car and it does struggle a bit! The only negative thing, was how ineffective the air con was, it was rubbish! Even if you put it on full blast it feels like very little is coming out. Overall its a brilliant car and great to drive, apart from the initial cost and petrol its very reliable so doesnt need extra money spent on it.
I bought the Corsa SE Diesel in August. The car was a good size for our needs and after test driving other cars similar, such as the VW Polo, both my boyfriend and I liked the feel of the Corsa much more. Features such as the heated seats and steering wheel, radio controls on the steering wheel and alloys were included as standard. One year's free road tax (and only £30 every year thereafter) and break down cover were added bonuses. We also found that where we purchased (discussed below) the 5 door was only £500 more than the 3 door - well worth the extra money, considering babies may be around the corner in the next few years! The main drawback of the Corsa is the price. Vauxhall have a 0% finance deal at the moment which may help some people out. However, we found that Arnold Clarke were able to offer Corsas at a much lower rate than the official garage. We are paying 4% interest on our finance but because we bought the car for much less than the list price (we paid £11,000) it still works out less, compared to the 0% finance deal. Another drawback is the fact that very limited colours are available at no extra cost, only the red I believe. It is therefore the red we went for! It is a great colour though and not exactly offensive to the eye so there is no real need to trade up on metallic paint unless you want to.
It was time to change my car, not because I wanted to but I had too. I had got a Peugeot 107 new 8 months earlier to use when the weather was too bad to ride my motorbike. However I managed to fall down some stairs and shattered my elbow. Unable to change gear I thought it was a good idea to look at automatic cars. I had always been a fan of the Vauxhall Corsa. I previously had a 1.2 model in an older shape and had been very happy with that. I decided to look at the latest models to see how they had changed. I checked a few dealers and finally found a 10 month old 2010 model 1.4 SE 5 door Auto for £8900. New the vehicle had cost just under 16500! The SE model is pretty well equipped. It comes with air con, auto lights, auto wipers, auto dipping rear view mirror, cruise control, cd player/radio with steering wheel controls, heated front seats and a pretty cool heated steering wheel which I had never heard of before. On trying out the heated seats I was very impressed with how affective they are and the heated steering wheel is very welcome on cold mornings as it really does warm up the palm of your hands. In the boot there is a floor level removable shelf that enables a flat load level when you fold the rear seats down. I also found the shelf very useful as it splits the boot into 2 compartments. Be aware the shelf comes with the SE spec 2010 models onwards and is priced at around £60 if you want one for a lower spec model. There is a first aid kit, warning triangle and hi vis jacket also stored in the boot along with a full size spare wheel. The boot alone is a pretty decent size and can take 2 medium and one smaller suitcase when the floor level shelf is removed. The interior of the car is fairly spacious for this class of car. The seats in the SE model are nicer than the lesser spec models and have leather trim. They are very supportive and good for longer journeys and the drivers seat is height adjustable. I like how easy it is to get into and out of the car both front and rear due to the seat height, rear passengers have good space with an impressive roof height. I like the layout of the dash and the finish of the soft touch dashboard which looks more expensive than some cars. The attractive piano black internal trim used for the SE model looks elegant. Most other models have a silver trim around the radio etc and this has been known to cause distractive reflections on the windscreen. The controls are easy to use and well laid out. There is a nice orange glow to various switches and dials which makes finding them in the dark a breeze. In 2010 the 1.4 engine was redesigned to extract a further 10 BHP bringing it up to 100 BHP. Many owners of the 90 BHP version had stated that the engine was a little under powered which is not surprising as the car is pretty heavy but this translates to a solid well built car. The fuel economy has also been improved. I recently averaged 38 MPG when using around town / on A roads with 4 adults in the car. This is fairly good when you consider the car is quite heavy and the transmission is an auto. The car pulls well and happily can cruise at 80 MPH for a good period of time. 0 - 60 time is between 12 to 13 seconds which will keep up with traffic. The automatic gear box is smooth but a little jerky when engine is cold but still better than the auto 1.4 Fiesta i test rode. Some may find the ride a bit harsh but it does a good job of smoothing out the imperfections of the road. On twisty country lanes the slightly harsh suspension comes into it's own as you weave the car around and it is more fun than it should be.