When my boyfriend suggested getting a corsa a few years ago I think the first thing I said was "ergh no thanks" . I just didn't fancy having the same car as everyone else on the road. However after looking around the garage and him being a bit of a speed demon at the time he introduced me to the SRI 1.8. I really liked the look of the car and it seemed so much sportier than the other models in the range. A little more expensive but you would expect that as you get a little bit more!
The SRI is less common than the 1.2 SXI model and in my opinion looks a lot better. The 1.8 SRI is quite rare and when I used to drive one of these I rarely used to see the same model of car driving around. I had the twinport model which included side skirts and a front grill. The body shape of the SRI is a little smoother and sleeker than the other corsa's in the range and has a small but nice little spoiler on the back. There is lowered suspension (lowered but not on the ground style!! ), the wing mirrors are a sporty design and 16" 5 spoke alloy wheels. I love the wing mirrors . However some stupid bint who lives in my street decided to some how knock my wing mirror off when it was parked outside my house, and because the wing mirrors are fixed and you cant fold them in they aren't too flexible. (I seen her driving away after I heard the crunch and when she tried to deny it I pointed out my paint on her wing mirror and she suddenly apologised) . It cost £100 to get replaced so if you have to park on a narrow street this might not be the car for you and could cost you a fortune.
The inside of the car has sports seats (mine were leather which were optional), aluminium sports medals, sports gear knob, sports white dials and generally made to have a sportier look than the average Corsa. But being a Vauxhall and a Corsa the car was just slightly plastic looking and felt it once inside. My Corsa was fitted with a 6 CD changer (also optional) which could be controlled by the radio controls on the steering wheel. The CD player in the car is quite basic. Also if a song has a heavy bass line it makes the speakers tremble and as a result the sound quality is poor. The same happens in my friends SXI so it's a general Corsa fault and its not even just if you have the sound up high it happens even when the sound is low.
Space wise there is a lot of leg room in the front of the car. The back as you can imagine is small being a small car. You can fit 5 medium sized people in the car would it wouldn't be comfortable for more than 4 on a long journey.
The back window of the car is large which makes the car easy to park and to judge what is behind you. The boot of the car is really small but the seats in the back fold down easy if you did need to carry anything large.
These are available in the usual Corsa colours both non metallic and metallic. I had one of these in metallic black which I loved but the star silver colour is also very nice and a little bit more practical as it shows less dirt and scratches on the car.
The car drives really well and pull away fast. It has 123bhp and can do 0-60 in under 8 seconds. Max speed is apparently 126mph. I didn't try that fast but I imagine it makes that speed no problem. The car is extremely light and is very very nippy driving around town. Boys you may understand this if you wear thick soled shoes but girls you have to be very careful it you drive in heels and cant feel the peddles to well. The pedals are very responsive so if you put your foot down too hard on the gas........woosh the car propels forward and lightening speed. Sometimes in first gear because of this the car feels jerky as does changings from 2nd to 3rd gear. The car being light isn't always a good thing. If you are driving at speed on a windy day it does feel noisy and the car feels a bit unstable hence why I used to call my Corsa my go kart.
I never broke down in this car and the Corsa's I have had have been really reliable. One issue though is the handbreaks and the handbreak cable does need tightening quite a lot in a Corsa. Beware of this if you have to park on a bank regularly as you will need to visit a garage quite a lot if this is the case
I got one of these about 4 years ago it was just under a year old and a 54 reg plate for £7200 which I thought was very reasonable. You can pick up a 55 reg one of these (when they stopped making this shape) for around £4,000 with average mileage these days.
This is in insurance group 9 so for a small car quite high , but not as high as some of the other sports models of small cars (i.e. Clio Sport and Fiesta)
Now why you ask if I loved the car did I get rid of it. My boyfriend got a company car which meant the Corsa became mine to drive on a daily basis. The car isn't the most economical. I used to get about 200 miles to a full tank and I used to be always filling the car up. Because I do a lot of town driving I used to be filling up all of the time and it wasn't rare to be spending over £60 a week on petrol, when really the distance I cover isn't the greatest. Well there was also the fact that I often used to get boy racers eying up my car and at the lights revving and trying to race me (which wasn't really a challenge as it can kick the butt of any citreon saxo VTR/ VTS any day!)
It's a good little car though for the money!
~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~
In my opinion this is a very good looking Corsa, being far better than the previous ones.
The SRi has a number of styling upgrades from the standard of the same shape. The rub strips on the sides of the car have been removed giving it a smoother look, 16" five spoke alloy wheels, nicer wing mirrors, disc brakes all around with red calipers, stainless steel exhaust and spoiler and has lowered suspension - as well as some other updates to the bumpers and side skirts.
In general it looks a nice sporty car, I prefer the metallic black colour, as it goes with the smoked out rear lights and plastic trim a treat.
The interior is fairly simple, again the SRi adding a few features here such as aluminium pedals, sports gear knob, white dash dials and sports seats, leather being an optional extra.
Comes with all the standard equipment you would expect, ABS, power steering, CD player, steering wheel controls, air conditioning etc. Mine has optional extras of leather heated seats (which work excellently, and are needed when having leather in the winter) and cruise control.
The CD player works well, but a changer would not go a miss, also is is fairly simplistic, and does not play MP3 CDs, or have an auxiliary input for a music player.
First of all, its very quick! It has 125bhp and can get to 60mph in 8.0 seconds. It has a quoted top speed of 126mph, though I have never tested this out, and will not be relevant to most people. This makes driving at speed on a motorway easy, and having the extra power to accelerate when needed even at higher speeds.
The car does not seem to like lower speeds as much, and is a little jerky in first gear, this can be avoided with good clutch control when you get used to it.
The handling is very good with firm suspension and sharp steering.
I rarely use the cruise control, however it seems a little temperamental and canceling itself when not wanted, for example when indicating it tends to cancel itself out. This would be a little annoying if I were using it all the time, although does keep your mind on the road, this may be just a problem with mine however.
Inside the cockpit can be loudish, with some road and wind noise, also above 3k rpm you can hear the exhaust noise kick in a bit more, I quite like this, as it has a nice sound to it, although possibly not everyone's thing.
The cost of the car was quite reasonable when compared to similar ones, I managed to find a standard one with low millage for a good price - there are a fair few modified ones on the market, so it depends on your viewpoint whether this is a good or a bad thing.
It is group 9 insurance, which is very reasonable considering its power.
The economy I have been getting over the last 6 months has been fairly poor, around town getting around 200-230 miles of a (44 litre) tank, though this being mostly driving on cold. From motorway driving around 350 miles off a tank is much more normal.
So far *touch wood* I have had no problems with it, hopefully will stay this way, many of my friends owning Vauxhalls have also commented on how reliable they are.
So, Chunka, why did you buy this car? Erm, wait, I remember! Yes, go on, A Vauxhall Corsa is meant to be a good car! And..... Its an SRi, Well, why buy it? I took it for a test drive and this is why I brought it......... First of all let me tell you about how this car handles. To put it bluntly its like a Go-kart with bold tyres. Wacking down the 123bhp at say 65-70mph, makes you thank Vauxhall for fitting the Traction Control and ABS to the car. Driving at these averagly high speeds at the best of times sometimes proves challenging. The car makes you use those handy skills of yours very easily. Without these fittings to the car I would no doubt be in a car show doing 360's and 180's very easily. Although this may be a problem to some of you, I find that you get use to driving this car and still you find the car exciting to drive. ----------------------------------------------------- The Interior to this car is a total mix of dislikes and likes, for me anyway. Sitting in the comfy sport designed car seat with your feet resting on the pedals is quite nice. Although the car is comfortable the pedals are maybe a little to the right which does annoy you now and again! But they aren't too close so its not all bad. The alloy look dash is certainly different. I personally don't like the way its shaped but you make think different. But the sporty white dials and in-dash 4 disk CD changer with 6 speakers and remote controls make this O.k I guess. But the greatest thing about the inside of this car is that its totally massive though you wouldn't think it by the outside. Same as for the boot space, they are really big for the size of ther car which really pleases you and anyone sat in the car! ------------------------------------------------------ As for
Bodystyling, I will be honest and say there's not much to talk about. Its an SRi so you think it would be way different from the other standards, well..... It does come with alloy wheels, smoked clusters, side skirts and tale pipe trim. It is a very aero dynamic looking car with plenty of curves and smooth shapes. But, so much so the way I think about the look of this car, I have recently added chunky side skirts, roof spoiler and twin exhaust. The roof spoiler was hell to get infact, I had to get some mates to order one similar and modify it for the car. ------------------------------------------------------ The Performance of the car is unbelieveable. If your quick on the pedals your able to shoot of the lights in 0-60 in 8secs. Now on the book, its max speed is supposedly 126mph which I dont wish to comment on, but I am sure with any car, the max is able to push! Now for a little car, its amazing! It does me about 35p per mile and 35mpg. It seems fair, its an SRi. But its not a cheap car as it cost me £12,995. ------------------------------------------------------ I would recommend this car more for the younger people like myself. This car has lots of potential to become something spectacular. In the rain especially, driving is different, but thats why its an exciting drive and I would say its one of those cars with its ups+downs! My advice is, find it second hand, if not find the best deal as its not a cheap car and it wont be to have neither! Its a well refined car, very well designed, but depending on you, its a car you either dont like or do like. But all in all its still a great car which has mounts of potential! I hope this has given you a good idea about this car, Chunka!