Refreshed styling inside and out for best-selling supermini; set to reach the UK in March 2011

Vauxhall’s best-selling model, the Corsa supermini, is getting a minor cosmetic facelift for deliveries from March next year.

A new bumper moulding with a wider lower grille and ‘eagle eye’ headlamps are the main changes, although five bright new body colours will also raise the Corsa’s profile next spring. Daytime running lights and extra chrome boost the presence of the current Corsa, now in its fourth year.

See all the official pics of the Vauxhall Corsa facelift

Also new are redesigned Griffin badges and 16-inch alloys on the SE and SXi, while the VXR model gets new 18-inch designs, inspired by those on the Insignia VXR.

Inside, it gets the latest multimedia ‘Touch and Connect’ technology, a pointer to the equipment that will be the centrepiece of Vauxhall’s 2013 Junior city car.

Read more on the recent dynamic changes to the Corsa

Based around a five-inch touch-screen display, it controls sat-nav, CD/tuner, aux-in, USB and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

There are no chassis changes, as Vauxhall heavily revised the Corsa earlier in the year with a new rear axle, revised spring/damper settings, a new steering set-up and geometry and new bushes for the redesigned front anti-roll bar.

Prices are up slightly by about £70 per model.

See all the latest Vauxhall Corsa reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Corsa
Good driving position, but would be better if all models had height adjust on seat and reach adjust on wheel

The Vauxhall Corsa is very refined, stylish and practical. Engines are not so good

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23 November 2010

Looks quite smart, but a shame the changes didn't extend to the rear which is still the same!

23 November 2010

The green one looks like a cross eyed frog, not nice at all.

23 November 2010

This is a successful facelift which enhances a very good car.It shows up how bland cars like the VW Polo are

23 November 2010

In terms of looks I think the Vauxhall Corsa's my favourite 5-door supermini. The Volkswagen Polo looks too staid, Ford's Fiesta is too fussy, the Peugeot 207 is a bit awkward looking and the Renault Clio and FIAT Punto Evo both looked better before the facelifts.

24 November 2010

I agree that the Punto and Clio were better looking before the facelifts.The problem with Peugeot is that all models are either ugly or awkward looking !!!!

24 November 2010

I think the Seat Ibiza beats them all on looks. This fl corsa is too awkward and fussy looking from the front and too plain from the rear. They really should have balanced it out. A little bit less styling change on the front and more on the back. I agree with comments on the other superminis.

24 November 2010

I prefer this new front end to the present one, even though they are moving towards that large lower grille look that so many manufacturers are favouring at the moment, and its no surprise that the V-grille has been scrapped. I agree that they should have done a bit more to the rear to balance it out a bit: It reminds me of the last model Vectra, when they put a more curvy, facelifted front on, but left the rear untouched.

The top of the fascia looks to have an unusual, very textured top to it - is it like this now?

24 November 2010

Front bumper looks very Mazda to me, & that is not a compliment.

Preferred it before.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

24 November 2010

They could have smoothed out the rear bumper and added black bit underneath and reflectors, redesigned the lights to have Vauxhall's new look lights seen on Astra and Insignia and redsigned the hatch to include the new logo surround/handle all in one from the Asta too http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows/frankfurt/2009/112_0909_2010_opel_a... - would have made it much more in keeping with the rest of the range. Seems lazy to me. At least they haven't used the nasty black insert from the from and put it on the back a la Fiat Punto Evo

24 November 2010

Much improved front end looks more modern. Find the flanks a bit slab sided and could of done with the same kink found in the Astra and Insignia to break it up a little. Shame the rear end has been left untouched, LED tailights would of been nice and maybe a sportier rear bumper to match the front.

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