Vauxhall Corsa-e: electric car prices, specs and range

Vauxhall is ushering in a new era of battery-powered motoring with its all-electric Corsa-e. Here is all you need to know

James Wilson
Mar 29, 2021

This is the Vauxhall Corsa-e - an electric version of the immensely popular Vauxhall Corsa supermini said to be capable of up to 209 miles electric driving all powered by an electric motor producing 136hp. Prices for a brand new model start from £21,485 (including the UK Government’s plug-in car grant), rising to around £28,000 with a selection of five trim levels on offer. That might sound hugely pricey for a new small car, but the extra cost of the electric tech amounts to around £5,000.

The Vauxhall Corsa has been one of the most popular cars in the UK for decades at this point. Even so, its arch-rival, the Ford Fiesta, has outshone it consistently. Now though, the Corsa is available in electric form - something that the Fiesta doesn't yet offer. That makes a big difference, but whether drivers after a small car are willing to pay so much more for this electric alternative remains to be seen.

It isn’t just the Fiesta that the Corsa-e needs to worry about, though. The electrified small car market is growing at quite some rate - meaning lots of competition for the Corsa, including the Peugeot e-208 (prices start from £26,725) - and due to the higher purchase prices of electric cars those who would typically buy a petrol or diesel Corsa may struggle to stretch an electric version.

That said, those who can stump up the cash will find this electric version comes with more equipment and technology than your typical supermini, along with the added savings that come with zero-tailpipe emissions.

Quick facts

  • Prices from £21,485
  • Up to 209 miles of range
  • Full charge in around 7.5 hours
  • Up to 100kW charging capability
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard
  • Five seats

Vauxhall Corsa-e electric range

Vauxhall is promising a range of 209 miles per charge for the Corsa-e. This figure has been calculated under the latest and most accurate test conditions, so it should be a manageable target on real roads. For perspective, the latest Renault Zoe offers a 245-mile range while the Mini Electric can manage 144 miles. As you can see, there is quite the spread out there.

Hidden underneath the Corsa-e’s bodywork is a 50kWh battery pack. Vauxhall has stated that its electric supermini can use charge points pumping out up to 100kW’s of energy. Assuming an owner can find a charge point capable of such output (they are quite rare) 0-80% charge takes just half an hour.

The reality is most owners will regularly charge using a significantly less powerful power supply. With that in mind, a 7.4kW charger is claimed to replenish a Corsa-e’s empty battery in around seven and a half hours. As standard, the Vauxhall Corsa-e comes with a 7.4kW onboard charger, though a larger 11.0kW unit is available.

A car’s onboard charger dictates the maximum AC (alternating current) an electric car can convert into DC (direct current) which is what is needed to charge a battery. The maximum power an EV can handle for charging (for the Corsa-e it is 100kWh as mentioned above) is normally higher than that of the onboard charger’s maximum, as charge points use heavier duty electronics to convert greater quantities of AC into DC.

Finally, providing peace of mind for Vauxhall Corsa-e owners is an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

Vauxhall Corsa-e performance

All Corsa-e models come with the same 136hp electric motor which Vauxhall claims will allow the Corsa-e to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 8.1 seconds, making it the fastest of the Corsa models, but still some way off the more performance-orientated superminis such as the Ford Fiesta ST (6.5 seconds). Rounding off performance figures is a limited top speed of 93mph.

Vauxhall Corsa-e specs and tech

While petrol-powered Corsas are available in a mind-boggling number of trims, the battery-powered Corsa-e comes in five forms – SE Nav, Elite Nav, SE Nav Premium, SRi Nav Premium and Elite Nav Premium. SE Nav brings equipment such as a seven-inch touchscreen media display (with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality), automatic climate control, keyless entry/start, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, a seven-inch digital driver’s display, LED headlights, cruise control, an electronic handbrake and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Range-topping Elite Nav Premium brings a larger 10-inch touchscreen media display, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, matrix headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels along with a host of styling additions.

There are also a number of safety features included as standard. These include autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness detection and traffic sign recognition. For those terrified of parking, Vauxhall does offer autonomous parking assistance, courtesy of eight ultrasonic sensors dotted about the bodywork.

As with many a new car these days, the Vauxhall Corsa-e comes with a number of driving modes that tweak its persona to best suit a driving style. The modes are self-explanatory and called Eco, Normal and Sport. There is also a “MyVauxhall” smartphone application available – which allows owners to heat or cool the cabin before a journey, check their car’s charge status and set charging times (which allows them to make the most of cheaper night-time electricity tariffs).

As a final note on equipment, there is an optional charging cable which plugs straight into a domestic three-pin plug and is capable of supplying a Corsa-e with up to 3.4kW of power. Corsa-e models are as standard supplied with a six-metre 7.4kW charging cable for typical UK charging points.

Vauxhall Corsa-e prices

Prices for the new Vauxhall Corsa-e start at £21,485 for SE Nav variants while Elite Nav models start at £23,030. Next up is SE Nav Premium starting from £24,140, and SRi Nav priced from £25,710. These four options are all available with the 7.4kW on-board charger, while the top spec Elite Nav Premium priced from £27,715 comes with the 11kW charger. As a note, all prices quoted here are inclusive of the UK Government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant.

Order books are open now with models already starting to appear on dealership forecourts. Even so, Vauxhall has said it is expecting there to be a delay for those ordering a model with an 11.0kW onboard charger, with deliveries expected by the beginning of 2021.

Vauxhall Corsa-e rivals and alternatives

The Vauxhall Corsa-e has a non-identical twin, the Peugeot e-208. A few years back the Peugeot-Citroen conglomerate bought Vauxhall and as such the latest Corsa is based on the same platform as the 208 and Citroen C3, which is no bad thing.

The Peugeot e-208 starts at £26,725 and promises up to 217 miles of electric range. As a note, the Peugeot’s price and all those mentioned below are inclusive of the UK Government’s plug-in car grant.

Other alternatives include the second-generation Renault Zoe, which is priced from £27,495 and comes with an official range of 245 miles and the electric Fiat 500, which comes with 199 miles of range and it set to be priced from around £20,000.

There are a number of slightly smaller and slightly larger alternatives available, too. Starting with the former, there is the Seat Mii electric, Volkswagen e-Up and Skoda Citigoe iV which are all fundamentally the same car, cost £18,000-£19,000 and promise range in the region of 160 miles.

Larger rivals include the Nissan Leaf e+ and Kona Electric – the former costs from around £35,000 and comes with 239 miles of range, while the latter costs from around £30,000 and brings a claimed range of 278 miles.

 

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