Vauxhall Corsa VXR – Not just for boy-racers?

23 Jul
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The Vauxhall Corsa is, without a doubt, a popular supermini in the UK. It’s a worthy alternative for the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo. In keeping with their competitors, Vauxhall has built a high-performance version of their hatchback.

In the past, the only sporty models were the SRi, GSi and Sport. Now there is a powerful model that is bigger and better than its predecessors. I am, of course, talking about the Vauxhall Corsa VXR. As you may know, the VXR range of cars signifies high-performance editions as in VauXhall Racing. Most models in the current Vauxhall range have a VXR variant.


The Corsa is a model aimed at a wide audience. You’ll see all kinds of people driving that car. On first reflection, you might think the Vauxhall Corsa VXR is a model aimed at boy racers. You know who I mean: the teenagers that go “cruising” on the streets at night with their friends.

It might surprise you to know that the VXR’s target market is an entirely different audience! Vauxhall want only experienced and responsible drivers to get behind the wheel of a VXR. Especially as it’s a car that one could also use on the track, much like the VW Golf R or the Honda Civic Type R.

So, what makes the Vauxhall Corsa VXR appeal to its target market the most? Here are some of the most likely reasons:


There’s no denying the primary reason someone would buy a Vauxhall Corsa VXR is because of the power. As standard, the car produces 202 brake horsepower. Under the bonnet is a 1.6-litre 16-valve turbocharged Ecotec lump.

As with the Honda Civic, the VXR only comes with a six-speed manual transmission. If you prefer a dual-clutch automatic, you’d have to stick with the Volkswagen Golf R instead.


The Vauxhall Corsa VXR will take you from zero to 60 mph in a mere 6.5 seconds. There’s also a turbo overboost function for extra performance when you need it. The car has a top speed of 143 mph, although you could only test that for real on a racing circuit somewhere!

Fuel Economy

Let’s face it: most people aren’t that bothered about fuel economy when they buy a powerful car! But, this is a car that will spend most of its life on public roads. And it’s likely to be a daily driver for many owners.

You would think the engine has poor green credentials, but that’s not the case here. It offers 37.7 MPG combined and has CO2 emissions of just 174g/km. That means it won’t drink petrol like it’s going out of fashion. And it isn’t likely to harm your wallet (or purse) when it comes to paying for car tax.

Because of EU emissions directives, all brand new cars must have super-efficient engines. Even though the 1.6 does a good job of being eco-friendly, it’s likely newer ones will be better.


The Vauxhall Corsa is now in its fourth generation and is a far cry from the “Corsa B” back in the early 90s. Today’s models are bigger and come with the latest vehicle technology.


One thing to note about the “Corsa E” is the styling. In particular, the looks of this VXR model. Vauxhall has styled the car and given it more than just a sporty stance. It looks mean, has big alloys and a fresh body kit.

The Corsa VXR isn’t just a car aimed at younger motorists with a penchant for performance. It attracts enthusiasts from all walks of life. You only have to look at owners of the MINI JCW, for example, to see what I mean!

Next to power, styling is the thing that allures people to drive home in a Vauxhall Corsa VXR. There’s no denying this car has a race-inspired design to it. After all: that’s what it’ll be doing some of the time!


When it comes to buying a hot hatch, power and styling aren’t just the deciding factors. Decisions often come down to price, as with most things in life. What’s interesting about the Corsa E version of the VXR is that it’s cheaper than the outgoing model!

Some folks were critical of the price of the “Corsa D” variant. Many of those people decided to buy a hot hatch from another marque instead. Vauxhall is attempting to make amends for that problem by selling the VXR model at a much lower price.

People have been able to buy the Vauxhall Corsa VXR since the middle of 2015. You might not think it, but it’s possible to find some models on the used car market. I’ve even seen one at places like the Imperial Car Supermarket. Still, if you want a bespoke VXR, you may prefer to buy or lease a brand new one instead.

As a rule, I tend not to buy “new” cars because of depreciation. Even models that are a few months like the Corsa VXR can save you a bundle. If you’re thinking of buying the car, it’s worth remembering that fact!

Pin-Sharp Handling

Some people were critical of the average handling the outgoing model offered. The current Vauxhall Corsa VXR has improved handling. As such, it’s just like driving a go-kart at speed! For those that plan to use the car only for track days, one can spec the “Performance Pack.”

In a nutshell, you pay for an upgraded suspension package courtesy of Koni. The standard effort already does a good job of adjusting the ride according to the conditions. But, if you’re planning to win some trophies, the Performance Pack is a must.


Last, but not least, the Vauxhall Corsa VXR comes with a range of tech that you’d expect in any modern car. Examples include bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lamps and an infotainment system.

You also get a heated windscreen – an essential item when you live in the UK! Now you don’t have to spend time scraping ice off your windscreen. Heated windscreens are no longer the domain of Ford vehicles!

To conclude, the Vauxhall Corsa VXR is a capable adversary for cars like the Civic Type R, Fiesta ST and Golf R.


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