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Vauxhall Corsa SXi 1.4i
Member Name: Denton91
Vauxhall Corsa SXi 1.4i
Advantages: Good car for first time drivers, comfortable, and a nice ride.
Disadvantages: Petrol consumption could be better, driving obstructions.
This review relates to a black Vauxhall Corsa SXi, 57 reg, of which I have owned for nearly 3 years now. I find this car has proved to be a great first car for myself, as it proves a good drive, looking nice without been too flash.
Firstly, how the car looks on the outside. The shape of the car is wonderful in my opinion; well engineered, and the car looks very smooth and well put together. However, because of the extreme curvy nature of the exterior, and bumps you may have will be hard and expensive to cover up (as I well found out!) The car looks very nice in the metallic black colour I picked, but be warned, scratches do show up easily and it is a nightmare to keep clean! The alloys look very tidy on the car aswell, again, very good looking, without looking too flash.
For a car of its size, I feel the boot space is very good. With two sepearte compartments, which can be made into one bigger one, there is enough space for the weekly shopping or a pushchair. Trying to force two such items in together could prove problamatic though!
The interior of the car is also quite impressive. The dashboard and the radio look to be well designed, and, although made out of platic, are quite sturdy and go together well with the car. The car come with an AM/FM radiowith which up to 9 different stations can be on each frequency. It has a single CD player along with the radio, so you can listen to your favourite CDs whilst on the road. However, because it is only a single CD player, it is very difficult and probably stupid to change a CD whilst driving. To make up for this this, tthe car does have an AUX cable, very useful for people who like to listen to their MP3 players. Simply, buy an AUX cable suitable for your MP3 player, and plug it into your MP3 and the AUX plug, find the AUX option on the system, and there you go, listen to your favourite tunes on the road. Very useful feature. Also useful is the buttons on the steering wheel which enable you to control the radio and volume without having to take your eyes off the road.
The only bad word I have to say about the interior is the pillars at the side of the window. They can sometimes obstrcut your view, particularly at sharp corners, but this such problem has not been such a huge problem for myself. Also, as a small lad, I find it hard to see the front of the bonnet, making parking sometimes difficult, and it doesn't make a difference with how high I put my seat. Everyone else who has driven the car have also commented on this! Fortunately, this has not caused any accidents as of yet.
The car is very comforatble to drive in. More spacious than I imagined, and the seats are particularly comfortable. With the tyres pumped up to optimum pressure, I hardly ever feel the bumps in the road. The car also has many airbags along with the necessary seat belts, making it that little bit safer for any unfortuante crashes that may occur.
The performance of the car surprised me. As I got the car on 5 year finance, I decied to go for a 1.4, and I find the car to be fairly nippy, alot quicker than I anticipated! The petrol consumption is moderate at best. With careful economic driving, I am sure petrol would last a little longer, but I consider myself the average driver, and I would expect a car of it's size to consume less petrol than it does. The tank cost around £55 to fill, but with fluctuating petrol costs, it is difficult to say!
I would recommend this car to most drivers, as long as it was at the right price.
Summary: A nice little car, a joy to drive.