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Cars Vauxhall Corsa-e (2020) review: electric evangelist

19:25  10 march  2020
19:25  10 march  2020 Source:   motoringresearch.com

RAY MASSEY: Corsa's new champion moves into the electric era with a patriotic spirit

  RAY MASSEY: Corsa's new champion moves into the electric era with a patriotic spirit Vauxhall has launched the fifth generation of its top-selling Corsa hatchback in a patriotic pitch to refresh the marque and move it decisively into the electric era. Driving the new Corsa, from £15,550, confirms that the company's new French owners have come up with a perky proposition, and will follow up with an electric version with a 200 mile-plus range early next year.Starting with the new Corsa, which has sold more than 2.

The 2020 Vauxhall Corsa - e is a 136hp EV with 211-mile range, comparable to some petrol superminis, and it's Vauxhall 's first electric car. Vauxhall 's best-selling Corsa is available for the first time with an electric motor, promising more than 200 miles between charges and the same subtle good looks

The new, electric Vauxhall Corsa - e will hit our roads next year, with a 50kWh battery returning 205 miles of range. The Corsa - e shares a platform We cut through the myths you might find elsewhere to ensure our car reviews deliver the information that matters. From range and charging times to

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Vauxhall doesn’t want the new Corsa-e to turn heads. The Honda e is the futuristic iPhone of cars; Corsa-e aims to be just like any other Corsa… just an all-electric one. The British brand wants to speed up the normalisation of electric cars and the everyday Corsa-e is central to this.

When you visit a Vauxhall retailer, electric Corsa-e options will be presented alongside petrol and diesel (yes, they do still sell them). A dealer calculator will show if going electric will save you money: for most, it will, predicts Vauxhall. And a 209-mile range from the 50kWh batteries helps ease range anxiety in a way the Honda and Mini Electric cannot.

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You've probably owned a Vauxhall Corsa . Or at least sat in one. You might have even learned to drive in one! It's been a huge sales success, particularly

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So even if you’re not looking to go electric, you may end up doing so. That’s why one in 10 UK Corsa sales – a British best-seller, no less – are predicted to be EV. Vauxhall’s achievement in launching the Corsa-e alone is striking: you can’t even buy a hybrid version of the nation’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, never mind an electric one.

In the metal, the Corsa-e is anything but quirky. Only the tiny ‘e’ logos give the game away. It’s identical to the regular AUTOBEST Best Buy 2020-winning Corsa inside, too. No funny tricks to learn, no confusing multitude of driving modes.

In a sense, the Vauxhall Corsa-e lays a small claim to being future of motoring, here today. It simply takes the existing cars we’re familiar with, and readies them for the looming ban on petrol and diesel. It shows there’s nothing to fear, just lots to like.

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Because to experience, it’s the best Corsa there’s ever been.

Driving the Vauxhall Corsa-e

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The luxury of electric car silence is doubly impressive in a car with which you’re used to having an engine. It whirrs away like a luxury limo and continues to be hushed as speeds rise. It’s the noise of air whoosing by that you most notice at speed now; as you slow down, the rattle from other cars’ engines will disturb. Otherwise the silence is uncanny.

It’s striking, such a popular everyday car becoming such a haven of peace. The impeccable manners of the electric motor also please. With 136hp, it’s more powerful than any turbo petrol Corsa, with diesel-like pulling power instantly on tap. It seamlessly gathers speed in a responsive, linear way.

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Pull the funny-shaped auto gearlever back to switch from ‘D’ to ‘B’. This adds more battery regeneration, so the car slows down more when you lift the accelerator. It’s not as head-jerkingly powerful as, say, a Mini Electric: it feels perfectly judged to become nicely intuitive.

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2020 Vauxhall Corsa - e - Drive, Interior and Exterior. Subscribe. The Corsa - e has 205 mile range that can be extended by up to 40 per cent in Eco mode. The battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes at a rapid-charge station. With 136hp and 260Nm of torque from the electric propulsion

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A button by the gearlever lets you pick from three driving modes, if you want. Normal is default: Eco cuts power and gives you a lazier accelerator pedal; Sport does the opposite (0-62mph takes a zappy 8.1 seconds).

Vauxhall has programmed different power outputs in each level, so engaging Sport mode genuinely does create the fastest Corsa-e (and help save range in Eco).

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New Corsas have a tauter setup than their mechanically-related French sibling, the Peugeot 208. The ride is jigglier, but body control is better and it’s likely to suit twisting British roads better. Although occasionally unsettled, there’s little harshness and the Corsa-e feels stable, confident and grown up at speed.

Body lean in corners is well contained, helped by the Corsa-e’s lower centre of gravity – the batteries, mounted low down underneath the seats, give a well-planted sensation. Steering has a reassuring feel and Vauxhall has actually reinforced the front suspension to improve response (and counter for the 0.3-tonne weight of the batteries).

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In front of the driver is an electronic display that offers a choice of clear, logical readouts. It’s more humdrum than the 208’s exotic 3D display, and looks a bit on the small side, but is easier to take in. Proper heater controls work well, and the touchscreen is OK.

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Public electric car charging points being so prominently displayed in the navigation ahead of the driver will do wonders for range anxiety. Speaking of which…

On a day zipping around Berlin, range never became an issue. The cars were factory-fresh, so the worryingly mediocre 190km (118 miles) of range suggested by the full battery (on a cold day) was unrealistic. After two hours’ driving, range had actually improved, to 210km (130 miles).

During the day, I drove a city-centric 55 miles (but with a few blasts of autobahn). And at the end of day, there was exactly 100 miles’ range left.

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For everything else, it’s as with the regular Corsa. Pretty styling, sensibly modern interior, nice driving position, borderline rear seat space (but adults shouldn’t feel tortured once they’ve threaded their way in there). Even boot space is, impressively, identical. All it lacks is below-floor storage (so no space for a spare wheel).

Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 UK review

  Vauxhall Corsa-e 2020 UK review British brand’s fully electric car will go up against the likes of the Mini Electric with a 209-mile official range and 100kW chargingAn extended poke of the throttle makes it spring forward with impressive but not startling urgency, but press the pedal all the way to the floor and, on slippery, uneven streets, it will vigorously spin its front wheels until the traction control steps in to make things civil again.

It’s the least otherworldly car of the future yet launched, and is bound to win fans because of this.

Vauxhall Corsa-e: verdict

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The Vauxhall Corsa-e intentionally isn’t an experience as exciting as a Honda e. Its target customers told the firm they crave normality. They want an electric car, but not the fuss and standout fanfare that comes with it. For the vast majority of everyday car buyers who don’t want people to look at them, the Corsa-e is the trend-setting electric car they’ll secretly crave.

Sure, it looks expensive to buy: from £30,665, or just over £27k with the government grant. The test Elite Nav is £30k post-grant. But people don’t buy cars these days, they finance them. And here, the Corsa-e costs from £299 a month (the same as a Mini Electric), with just under £5,000 down. A 100hp 1.2T petrol is £225 a month, with £2,000 down.

Still, pricier, yes, but Vauxhall dealers will readily show you the savings in running costs (£27 a month, instead of £130 for a petrol Corsa, if you drive 10k miles a year, they reckon). You even get a free home charger, underlining the satisfaction of never having to visit a filling station again.

Thousands of new car buyers are now going to be offered a viable electric car alternative. Many will make the switch. The mainstream march of the EV continues. And, in an understated sort of way, that’s why the new Corsa-e is one of the most significant electric car arrivals to date.

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