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UNLIMITED APPEAL? (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
The Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition is a small, stylish hatch with plenty of appeal. Jonathan Crouch tries one.
Ten Second Reviewword count: 40
Like the thought of a Vauxhall Corsa Gsi hot hatch but can't quite stretch to the asking price or the running costs? Then help is at hand in the form of this almost-as-stylish Corsa Limited Edition. Jonathan Crouch drives it.
Backgroundword count: 131
There's a lot to be said for what the industry calls 'warm hatches' - quick versions of superminis or family hatches that are fast enough to reward you but don't carry with them the higher running costs, expensive asking prices or crippling insurance premiums that apply to 'proper' full fat hot hatches. In the supermini segment, a number of brands have been doing very well with cars like these, SEAT's Ibiza FR, Volkswagen's Polo R-Line and Ford's Fiesta Zetec S all doing good business for their respective brands. Vauxhall now wants a piece of that action too, hence the Corsa Red Edition model we're looking at here. It gets a willing 150PS 1.4-litre turbo petrol powerplant borrowed from the ADAM S and is pitched in £1,500 below the range-topping Corsa VXR.
Driving Experienceword count: 126
The Corsa Limited Edition we tried was fitted with the 75PS version of the brand's familiar 1.4-litre petrol unit. It's been around some time this engine but it's still a willing partner, making 62mph in 15.5s en route to 101mph. That's a long way from the warm hatch territory promised by the dnamic looks, but then the super-low group 2E insurance rating is also a long way from that category too. The 130Nm torque peak arrives at just 1,850rpm and ebbs away at a modest 3,500rpm, so this engine is anything but rev-happy. It's like a diesel in that regard, lugging well from low revs. The long-legged and relaxed feel to the engine suits the chassis and cornering is well controlled with relatively little body roll.
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