It’s about right if you consider the outrageous VXR too extreme for your taste and want a model that's a halfway house - a warm hatch.
The uprated engine feels urgent and is keen to rev. It's properly on song from around 2000rpm, but a little flat beforehand, and this early surge - especially in first and second gears - can make the Red Edition feel a little uneven in its power delivery. Ultimately it feels strong, though, and it makes a pleasant noise, too.
The growling Corsa heads into corners with enthusiasm and, at first, all seems well - it grips well helping it maintain a tight line. However, you’ll find yourself making small steering adjustments mid-corner, for two reasons.
The first, despite its Sports suspension, is that there is too much body roll as it tries to maintain composure, leaving you feeling slightly knocked-about post-corner. The second reason is the steering. Overall, it’s quite heavily weighted, perhaps too heavy, yet it becomes slightly inconsistent mid-corner.
Sports suspension usually means you get a firm ride, and the Corsa Red Edition is no exception. It deals well with larger undulations and speed humps, but the secondary ride isn’t as good and leaves the car feeling jittery over rougher surfaces.
Inside, there are a few hints that you are in a sportier Corsa, including cross-stitched sports seats, a black gloss facia and a flash of decorative red trim. The dash is reasonably stylish, with well-sized buttons positioned where you’d expect them. The top of the dash gets soft-touch plastics, although everywhere else you'll find shiny, much harder plastics.