Vauxhall Corsa and Corsa E get 2021 upgrades
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Vauxhall Corsa and Corsa E get 2021 upgrades

In a nutshell

  • Vauxhall has upgraded both the all-electric Corsa-e and regular Corsa for 2021
  • Introduction of sportier SRi trim for the Corsa-e, and a more powerful turbocharged petrol engine for the Corsa.
  • Vauxhall have also cut £1,000 off the asking price for the Corsa-e
  • More frugal 75 PS engine also introduced for traditional Corsa.

Vauxhall has revealed sporty new updates for both the Corsa and the all-electric Corsa-e - and the hatchback has been made even more affordable, too.

The Corsa-e, which first hit UK roads in April this year, has been something of a revelation for the UK manufacturer.

It scooped the ‘Car of the Year’ gong at the News UK Motor Awards back in October and has also been winning admirers left, right and centre.

Sure, it’s range isn’t class-leading, able to travel for 209 miles between charges, but it’s both pacey and within the budgets of many Brits. In fact, you can lease one from just £218 per month.

And now Vauxhall has sweetened the deal further.

They’ve knocked £1,000 off the price tag for the Corsa-e, bringing it down to £26,640 for the base SE Nav Premium trim, a cost reduction that should also be reflected in lease deals.

Better yet, Vauxhall has also introduced a sportier new trim level - ‘SRi Nav Premium’.

Here owners enjoy 17-inch alloys, sports seats, a special SRi interior with eye-catching red accents, as well as black-out rear windows and sports pedals.

As in previous versions, the powerplant for the Corsa-e remains the same - a 136 PS electric motor that produces a 0-60mph sprint time of 7.6 seconds.

In more practical terms, the Corsa-e supports 100kW rapid charging, and an 80% charge can be gleaned in just 30 minutes.

Elsewhere in the range there’s also a sporty enhancement to the regular Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Corsa for 2021.

Most notable here is the welcome introduction of a gutsy new 1.2 Turbo 130 PS engine married to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Available on SRi and Ultimate Nav models, it’s capable of running from 0-60mph in 8.2 seconds, and also features Normal, Eco and Sport modes. And it’s topped-off by twin exhausts for a performance-enhanced style boost.

There’s also a brand new trim level for the regular Corsa - called ‘Elite’.

This sits in the mid-range between ‘Premium’ and ‘Elite Nav’, and Vauxhall say it’s aimed at customers who ‘require the same levels of standard equipment but do not need built-in navigation.’

All SRi models now come with Vauxhall’s light pack as standard – featuring LED front fog lights, LED tail lights and automatic lighting control.

Meanwhile less noteworthy, but potentially of interest if you’re after a more frugal mill, is the introduction of a brand new 1.2 75PS engine, available on Elite models, and which should equate to almost 70 miles to the gallon.

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