With a new entry-level diesel-powered Corsa Vauxhall answers the prayers of those who wanted a funny-looking little hatchback with a frugal engine and tiny emissions. Lets get right to the numbers: the Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI achieves 85.6mpg while emitting just 88g/km (five-door: 83.1mpg /89g/km CO2). Power output is a respectable 95 PS with 190 Nm of torque.
This Corsa does 0 to 60 mph in 12.3 seconds and can only reach 109 mph. The performance is quite shabby, but it’s OK because nobody buying an entry-level 88 g/km car expects speed and power. They want fuel economy which this car delivers.
To arrive at this great economy, this turbo-diesel engine is equipped with start/stop and a variable displacement oil pump that delivers only the necessary oil pressure. What’s more, it gets special low-viscosity transmission oil, and a new economical map for the ECU.
The car rolls on 185/65 R15 low-resistance tyres and has an upgraded chassis modeled on the Nurburgring special edition version. Although, the damping is tuned for better ride comfort.
Pricing for the Corsa 1.3 CDTI is TBA. Needless to say it is congestion charge exempt.