The choice between the Vauxhall Corsa and the Ford Fiesta is one that many drivers go through at some point, particularly earlier on in their driving lives.
Those higher up the motoring food chain may scoff at that statement, but with the Fiesta consistently sitting pretty at the top of the charts (and the Corsa never far behind), it’s abundantly clear that these two cars have become the go-to choice for many, particularly those looking at the cheaper end of the market.
We take a closer look at the two popular models to see which comes out on top…
Looks & Design
You always know roughly what you’re getting when it comes to the design of both these cars. While both cars have received significant redesigns over the years, their current iterations don’t differ massively from that of recent times.
The Corsa has opted for slimmer headlights that look more similar to that of the Fiesta, but they haven’t quite pulled it off, and they look a little on the cheap side. You can check out our Vauxhall Corsa bulbs or Ford Fiesta bulbs if you want to give those lights a little extra oomph.
On the inside, the Corsa has the edge over the Fiesta. The dashboard of the Fiesta looks somewhat cheap and tacky and a bit out of place in 2016. The Corsa, on the other hand, looks much slicker and feels generally of a higher quality.
In terms of boot space, the Fiesta has a 290 litre capacity compared to 285 in the Corsa, but with a lower lip in the Vauxhall, it’s easier to load items in and out.
Obviously the performance of the car will depend largely on the spec you go for, but just taking the base models, the Fiesta is the nippier of the two and handles a little better when cornering too.
That’s not to say that the Corsa is a bad drive, however. There’s nothing wrong with how it drives, but the Fiesta provides a little extra acceleration and torque, which is handy if you’re overtaking or need that little bit extra zip.
Economy & Environment
If you’re into the whole eco driving thing then the Fiesta is probably your best bet. If you go for a diesel then both cars’ ECO models will slip under the 100 g/km emission threshold for paying tax.
However, for the petrol model, it’s only the Fiesta, with its 99bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost, that will get you under that magical limit. The Vauxhall equivalent, the 89bhp 1.0-litre turbo, will cost you about £20 a year in tax, but it’s not as powerful as its rival.
In terms of running costs, both come in at around 65 mpg if you’re super careful with your driving. Both will likely return a bit more than that, but there’s not much to separate them.
The base model of the Corsa comes in at £9,745, while the Fiesta clocks in at the slightly steeper £10,345. As always, these prices go up straight away if you want anything other than the most basic of specs with no add-ons.
However, the Corsa comes slightly better equipped with goodies like cruise control, which you’ll need to pay a few quid more for on the Fiesta.
This is a close one as both cars have their pros and cons, and there’s no real clear winner. If you care more about the drive and the economy of your car then the Fiesta just about shades it, but if you care about the style and design then the Corsa is the better choice.