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Car Wars Wednesdays: Corsa vs Astra

November 4, 2015

It’s hump day and what better way to propel yourself towards the weekend than by immersing yourself in an edition of Car Wars? In today’s battle, we’re taking a look at two of Vauxhall’s most popular hatchbacks to see which one wins out. Both are worthy contenders and we can’t wait for the Vauxhall Corsa vs Astra battle to begin!

So who will come out on top? Let’s dive into today’s Car Wars to find out!


Put the Corsa and Astra side by side and they’re both recognisable in their own right. The Vauxhall Corsa supermini is a stylish, compact and aesthetically pleasing ride – both inside and out. With plenty of head and legroom – even with the 3 door model – you’ll get a comfortable interior with a high quality finish. And the 283 litre boot offers plenty of storage for such a small car.

The Astra’s aesthetics are in a league of their own – with smooth lines, dynamic design and neat details putting this car in a different class. The cabin comes with any number of practical dials on the dash, handy cubbyholes and a spacious cabin – with 370 litres of boot space for your carry on.

For space, practicality and an overall high quality finish, the Astra wins this round.


The Vauxhall Corsa’s trim levels are impressive and each spec comes with a decent amount of standard kit. While the basic entry level comes with remote central locking, daytime running lights, a CD player, cruise control and adjustable electrical door mirrors, you’ll have to pay extra for alloy wheels and leather steering wheel covers. We’d recommend the Exclusiv trim for the best combination of equipment and price.

With the choice of 7 trims, the Astra has a lot more to offer in terms of standard equipment. Even the entry level Design model comes with air conditioning, electric front windows, remote central locking, cruise control and a DAB digital radio. Step up to the Tech Line and you’ll get alloy wheels and a Sat Nav system.

For more tech for your money, Astra bags this round.

Performance & Handling

As far as driving a Corsa or Astra goes, both models comes with a wide choice of engines. Difference in size will always be a factor when it comes to performance and what you’re using the car for – but for short journeys, a Corsa is the way to go. Light handling and good refinement make it cheap to run – and you’ll appreciate its sturdy build, too. The most efficient Corsa is the 94bhp 1.3 litre diesel, which returns between 83.1-88.3mpg – while CO2 emissions of 85g/km make it free from annual road tax.

For drivers who regularly cover more miles, the Astra would be a more suitable choice. If economy is a factor, the least powerful diesel returns 91mpg and CO2 emissions of 84g/km mean it’s exempt from annual road tax. For a more powerful performance, the 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine sprints from 0-62mph in just 9 seconds.

For more mileage, rock bottom CO2 emissions and an impressive sprint to 62mph, the Astra scoops this round, too.


As the bigger car, the Astra naturally comes with a bigger price tag and is on sale from £12,995. If you’re looking for change from your 10k, the Corsa rolls in at just £9,175.

There’s no contest here, the Corsa bags this round.


Winning three out of four rounds, today’s Car Wars victor is the Astra. It out-performs the Corsa on features, design and performance – making it well worth the extra cash.

Whichever Vauxhall wins your vote, don’t let finances hold you back. The Car Loan Warehouse has an array of flexible Vauxhall finance deals, meaning we’re guaranteed to find a finance option for you.

With a range of options to suit any budget, model and circumstances, you can apply online today – or get an instant quote with our car finance calculator. You could be driving away in the car of your dreams in no time!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.