Vauxhall Corsa-e 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
Jul 29, 2020

Please welcome to the automotive stage the new Vauxhall Corsa-e - an electric supermini promising 209 miles of range and 136hp. Prices start just north of £28,000 (including the UK Government’s plug-in car grant) with there being a grand total of two trims on offer. That might sound hugely pricey for a new small car, but remember that the petrol Corsa is available from around £16,000 and you'll see that the electric kit is where the cost is.

The Vauxhall Corsa has been one of the most popular cars in the UK for generations 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 offer yet. That makes a big difference, but whether drivers after a small car are willing to pay so much for a new small car - whatever it's powered by - 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 related Peugeot e-208 - 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 that they get a car which comes with more equipment and technology than your typical supermini, plus zero-tailpipe emissions. Without further ado then, read on for all the details about the 2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e.

Quick facts

  • Prices from £28,315
  • 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

2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e electric range

Vauxhall is promising a range of 209 miles per charge for the 2020 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 comes 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 EV 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.

2020 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.

2020 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 just two flavours – SE Nav and Elite Nav. 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 brings a larger 10-inch touchscreen media display, a heated steering wheel and front seats, automatic dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, matrix headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

There are also a number of safety features included as standard on both trims. These include autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness detection and traffic sign recognition. For those terrified of parking, Vauxhall does offer autonomous 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.

2020 Vauxhall Corsa-e prices

Prices for the new Vauxhall Corsa-e start at £28,315 for SE Nav variants with a 7.4kW onboard charger and £29,165 for SE Nav models with a 11.0kW onboard charger. Likewise, 7.4kW Elite Nav models start at £30,960 and 11.0kW Elite Nav variants £31,810. As a note, all prices quoted here are inclusive of the UK Government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant.

Vauxhall has said it will provide a free domestic wall box type charger to anyone who purchases a Corsa-e by the 2nd April 2020. Also included in the deal is a six-month subscription to one of the UK’s largest public charging networks – Polar Plus, for which subscription normally costs £7.85 per month. Vauxhall Care is also included, which bundles together servicing and roadside assistance cover.

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 for the end of 2020/the beginning of 2021.

2020 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.

Peugeot’s e-208 starts at around £25,000 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 Renault’s second generation Zoe, which is priced from £26,000 and comes with an official range of 245 miles and Fiat’s recently revealed electric Fiat 500, which comes with 199 miles of range but costs just shy of £30,000 (although cheaper versions are expected in the coming months).

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 £33,000 and comes with 239 miles of range, while the latter costs from just under £30,000 and brings a claimed range of 278 miles.

 

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