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Review: The Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX

September 25, 2013

The 21st century has presented a whole host of new questions for car buyers and fanatics to think about. On top of all the needs you need to fulfil regarding speed, ease of control, noise and style, you need to be ethical with your choices. With evidence mounting regarding the immediacy of climate change and the pressing need to reduce our own carbon footprints, the modern car-owner has to consider the efficiency of their model.

Vauxhall aren’t one to be left behind by the times, so they’ve thrown in their own eco-friendly car design to the race. The Vauxhall Corsa, with its friendly designs and smooth lines, is a popular make you’ll spot on many roads throughout the country. Spring boarding off the Corsa’s success is the ‘green’ Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX. This is Vauxhall’s most efficient car, packed with a 1.3 litre 4 Cyl turbo diesel engine, but with a tank of just 40 litres. If you’re a harder driver, you’ll find yourself stopping to refuel more often than not.

Whilst the ecoFlex is the most eco-friendly and efficient car Vauxhall has to offer, the green flower crown still has to go to the Toyota Yaris Hybrid. For those who know their eco-friendly cars, the fact that the Yaris Hybrid is still at the top of the eco-friendly chain will come as no real surprise, but Vauxhall have really presented a fierce competitor with the Corsa ecoFLEX.
The engine is pretty powerful for a green family car with a top speed of 109 miles per hour and an acceleration of 0 to 62 miles per hour in 12.3 seconds. While far from being the biggest speed-demon on the road, this is a competent car with a great top speed and a decent acceleration. The problem is the sheer noisiness of it which combined with the small tank size, might not make it the best car of choice for any long cross-country journeys!

The list of improvements on the original Corsa don’t stop at the new eco-friendly spec. Vauxhall have tweaked the body design to make a more aerodynamic vehicle, with easier handling. The body is lower, meaning it slips through the air much smoother than the original Corsa. The ecoFLEX is also much more responsive in handling than the original, and Vauxhall have really tightened its handling in sharp turns and corners – no more veering wildly when you have to make a quick turn!

Of course, the Corsa has always been a smooth-looking car, but the ecoFLEX is a good-looking vehicle if you’re looking for something friendly that the wife and kids can pile into. The contoured supermini design lends itself well to any colour, from a soft mint to a bold and striking fuchsia. The three doors may present an issue to the bigger family, but there is a five door model available.

However, the real big deal-breaker for most shoppers is the price tag. At almost £15k, this isn’t a cheap and easy investment. And for the real green fiends, they may see that money better invested in the top of the line Toyota Yaris Hybrid. For families with a reasonable budget looking for a comfortable, handsome car that will reduce their carbon-footprint, then the Vauxhall Corsa ecoFLEX may be the perfect choice.

For those that decide that Vauxhall’s latest eco-friendly car is right for them, the Car Loan Warehouse can offer you great finance options and great discounts off RRP.

The Nitty Gritty:

RRP Price: £14 900
On sale: Now!
Engine: 1.3 litre 4 Cyl turbo diesel
Fuel: Diesel
Fuel tank: 40 litres
0 – 62 mph: 12.3 seconds
Top speed: 109 mph
CO2 Emissions: 88g/km
Equipment: Air conditioning, 15-inch steel wheels
Power: 94bhp
Transmission: Five speed (manual), front-wheel drive

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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.