Vauxhall’s VXR brand has missed the bullseye as much as it has hit it. Since it launched in 2003, Luton’s answer to the Ford ST and RS ranges has produced a series of very fast cars which are often flawed. Although recent efforts appear to be changing that, so where will the Corsa register?

Still, it is about time that Vauxhall nailed a VXR and knocked its rivals Ford and Renault clean off their perches.

Deputy road test editor
The Corsa has been a long time coming

It’s not a question of simply upping performance; for all its faults, no one could ever complain about the way the old Astra VXR or the current Insignia goes.

What Vauxhall needs is a more rounded, more real world VXR. One that handles and steers as well as it goes and one which doesn’t require the touch of genius to keep it out of the undergrowth.

Can the Corsa VXR be the car Vauxhall needs?