The VW Polo & Ford Fiesta take on the Vauxhall Corsa

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Super-minis may not have the glitz and glamour of SUVs or executive cars, but they are one of the most well loved cars in the UK today.  Accounting for over a third of new car sales, they are often sought out by new drivers, as well as couples.

With super-minis being the main breadwinners for car manufacturers, there’s always a big exclamation when a new model is released.  In this article we take a look at how the historically popular Vauxhall Corsa matches up against the VW Polo and the Ford Fiesta.

Design

The Corsa’s style update was well overdue and definitely looks a lot better than previous models.  Similar to the Vauxhall Adam, it’s front now features a distinctive grille, with sharp headlamp lights and upturned edges.  It’s a lot sportier than older models which works in its favour.  The Corsa’s updated look makes the Fiesta look a bit dated, however both the Corsa and the Fiesta look a lot better than the Volkswagen Polo which seems to be stuck in the 1990’s.

Price

The Corsa used to be the most expensive of the three models, but Vauxhall have listened to their consumers and lowered the price.  The 1 litre Corsa Excite is now very similar in price to the Polo 1.2 litre, and the 1 litre Fiesta.  Prices do vary depending on the dealership and the finance deals, but you can expect the price of all three to be within £200 of each other.

Technology

The Polo and the Fiesta both have sat-nav as an optional extra, whilst a smartphone app called BrinGo can be synchronised with the Corsa’s infotainment system.  IntelliLink costs £50, which is cheaper than most sat-navs, but the apps reliability has come into question on occasion.  The tech features that come as standard in a Vauxhall Corsa are generous.  In fact, many standard features cost extra for the Polo and Fiesta.

The Verdict

With Vauxhall slashing the price of the Corsa, it now comes out on top when compared to the VW Polo and the Ford Fiesta.  It’s had a complete revamp over previous models, is economical to run, and comes with plenty of generous standard features. The VW Polo may not be the most stylish car, but it finishes in 2nd place.  Comfortable and refined, it handles well and is a pleasure to drive.  It’s slightly lower in price than the Vauxhall Corsa, but it doesn’t have as generous features as its closest rival. The Ford Fiesta is still a great model, and it’s one that still has a loyal following.  It’s still a sharp handling super-mini, however the latest models by Volkwagen and Vauxhall have overtaken the Fiesta in quality.  It’s also the smallest and least economical car out of the three.

If you’ve been looking for a super-mini, the VW Polo, the Ford Fiesta, and the Vauxhall Corsa are the three best options on the market.  Take a look at the deals in your area, and test drive each, before coming to a decision.


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