Advantages Design, Road Handling, Features, Low Maintenance costs and Insurance group
Disadvantages Not enough boot or interior space to store things
|Value for Money|
Yesterday my wife and I said goodbye to the first brand new car we ever bought, our trusty and reliable Vauxhall Corsa Breeze. Having owned the car for 3 years since we bought it in 2008 and putting every single mile on its clock apart from the 13 delivery miles we collected it with this is a review I wanted to write for anyone considering purchasing this particular model. My experience of this car is extensive having driven it just about daily since its purchase and the simple fact that we have outgrown this car as a family means that it is with great reluctance that it is being traded in for a bigger model. This review won’t throw facts and figures at you, I don’t pay that much attention to how many miles we get for the gallon in it and as it has never had to go in for any repairs I can’t say what sourcing and replacing parts is like and how much they cost to buy. This was a car we looked after with regular servicing and careful driving, if you want statistics and figures I will add a link to Parkers website at the end of this review where you can read about the technical aspects of owing a Vauxhall Corsa, this review is meant to be from an owner/drivers perspective.
At the time our car cost £10,300, that was for a 3 door Sapphire Black 1.2i Corsa Breeze and came with a year’s road tax, 3 years manufactures warranty and breakdown cover. We were offered a reasonable amount as trade-in for our old 2 cars and had a few thousand to put towards the shortfall, however we were sold to the fact that we wouldn’t have to think about MOT’s for 3 years and were excited about owning a brand new car so signed on the dotted line and arranged the collection of our new purchase for a few days later.
The glove box is best described as ‘compact’ and other than a service book we struggle to put anything else in there apart from a pen so if you are the type of person who keeps CD’s in the car then you will best off investing in a storage box and hide them in the boot as we do. There is a shallow pull-out storage box hidden under the front passenger seat but its inclusion in the cars exterior seems to be a waste as nothing really fits in there anyway. Thankfully the interior panels on the front doors are more generous in size and can accommodate a few items although it really isn’t sensible to leave valuable items in there where they can be seen from the outside of the car. Perhaps a downfall for the interior of the car is that of storage space as there is nowhere really to actually put anything so depending on how much you want to keep in your car this could be seen as a negative aspect.The boot is averagely sized but struggles to accommodate some important family items such as a pram for example, shopping bags fit in easy enough and the rear seats do drop down to give more space if required but as a main family car the Corsa would perhaps not be the best of choices. For a single person or a couple with no children then this is a car which can offer a lot as far as how it looks and handles the road, those with youngsters however will undoubtedly struggle.
I suppose the most important thing about owning a car is how it handles on the road and the overall driving experience. The Corsa’s power assisted steering gives a smooth journey on even the most uneven road surfaces which is helped by the large wheels which seem to grip and glide effortlessly. It’s a perky little car which picks up speed quickly after being stood at traffic lights and surprisingly for a 1.2 cylinder this purrs and zips along the motorway without any audible groans or moans from the engine. Whilst the engine was silent brand new I would be lying if I said it has remained that way after 3 years, saying that though it never sounds as if it is being pushed too far and even when switching from first to second gear the car never sounds as if it’s struggling. In all honesty the car is a dream to drive and even during the recent very cold weather turned over first time every time and so long as you give it a few minutes for the engine to warm up stalling or cut outs seldom happen. There is a five speed gear box in the Corsa with fifth gear being mostly suited for motorway or dual carriageway driving, on urban roads we rarely go above fourth gear as fifth seems to be best used for cruising. The pick up between first and second gear is sharp and snappy and by the time you get to fourth gear you are gliding along nicely. However you yourself drive I can’t see anyone not being able to get a smooth and comfortable ride from a Corsa and had it not been for genuine reasons we wouldn’t be getting rid of ours after only 3 years.
As already mentioned we have now upgraded our Corsa and as of yesterday are now the owners of a Vauxhall Meriva. Since buying a static caravan back in 2009 we have come to the conclusion that the Corsa didn't provide us with enough space to be able to transport as many items from home as we would like so it is with great reluctance that we have decided to trade it in. At the same Vauxhall dealer we originally bought the car from we were offered £4900 as a part exchange against the newer Meriva and looking online you can expect to pay around £5500 and above for an 08 plate Corsa if buying from a dealer or from a private seller.
I could deduct stars from my rating for the minor negative points raised in this review but I’m not going to, our Corsa 1.2 Breeze was a joy to own and run and I will no doubt miss it now that it has gone. Five stars from me along with a glowing recommendation that if you can find one in good condition with low mileage on then you should at least consider its purchase. Thanks for reading my review.For more information about this model see: http://www.parkers.co.uk/cars/vauxhall/corsa-hatchback-2006.aspx
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