Vauxhall Corsa-e

Vauxhall Corsa-e Car Insurance

The Corsa has been Vauxhall’s best-selling car for many years, with over 2.1 million Corsas sold in the UK since it launched in 1993.

The Corsa-e has a 205 mile range that can be extended by up to 40 per cent in Eco mode. The battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes at a rapid-charge station. The Corsa-e sprints from 0-31mph in just 2.8 seconds and reaches 62mph in just 8.1 seconds.

Corsa-e drivers can choose from three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport. In Normal mode, the 50kWh battery allows a driving range of 211 miles. Sport alters responsiveness and delivers more performance, which result in a moderate loss in driving range of around 10 per cent. In “Eco”, the Corsa-e adjusts the car’s systems and electric drive are adjusted for maximum energy efficiency, increasing the range by up to 40 per cent from “Sport” Mode.

In order to further improve efficiency, the Corsa-e features a two-level regenerative braking system to recover the energy produced under braking or deceleration.

The Corsa-e charges via a cable that can connect to a wallbox or fast charger (and the battery is guaranteed for eight years) and is equipped as standard with an 11kW on-board charger.

Safety features include the Traffic Sign Recognition system which detects signs (including LED signs) via the front camera. If the car is equipped with the navigation system, the system can use the speed limit in the map database to display the speed limit in the Driver Info Centre. Lane Keep Assist (a Corsa-first) applies gradual corrective steering and makes the driver’s seat vibrate if the car leaves its lane unintentionally whilst Side Blind Spot Alert uses ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers to alert the driver to the presence of moving objects in the blind spots either side and to the rear of the car. The Corsa-e also offers two emergency braking systems and Drowsiness Detection warns the driver, via audio and visual signals at three levels, to take a break after two hours of driving at speeds higher than 40mph. The system can alert the driver to the need for a break at any time if it detects that the car is behaving dangerously, e.g. swerving.

The Corsa-e helps the driver into and out of parking spaces by parking pilots for the front and rear as well as a Panorama Rear View Camera which increases rearward visibility by up to 180 per cent, enabling drivers to see traffic approaching from the right or left.

With Navi as standard, the new Corsa-e’s infotainment ranges from the Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi with 7-inch colour touchscreen, to the top-of-the-range Multimedia Navi Pro with 10-inch colour touchscreen. The Multimedia systems are compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and feature control via integrated voice recognition. The Corsa-e also comes with the Vauxhall Connect telematics service which allows help to be reached within seconds via the red button if the seatbelt tensioners or the airbags are deployed, the emergency call is activated.

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