Vauxhall Corsa Sting review
Not only is Vauxhall’s Corsa among the most popular and long-lived cars on the road today, it’s also built on one of the most adaptable chassis.
While the default Corsa can give class-favourites a run for their money in pretty much every category, Vauxhall has taken a canny approach to adapting their model for specific demographics, including families and young drivers.
The Corsa Sting is, as the name suggests, loaded with venom – the good kind, of course! This is a sporty little run-around with dynamic design and a host of features that won’t break the bank. Read on to find out what all the fuss is about and whether the Corsa Sting might be the perfect fit for you.
One thing’s for sure – you can’t mistake the Sting for any of the related models in the Corsa range. Vauxhall has added a swooping set of stripes that line the top of the car from bumper to bumper (and, everyone knows, stripes equal speed).
Such statement dress requires accessories, and Vauxhall has hit the mark on the 1.2-litre petrol variant, with a set of 17-inch white alloy wheels and stylised mirrors that aren’t available anywhere else in the Corsa range. These features are shared by the 1.3-litre diesel (but in black), while the 1.0-litre petrol model gets 16-inch alloys and silver door mirror caps.
Despite a minor compromise on practicality, the three-door Corsa Sting takes the prize for looks over the five-door option, which feels boxier and loses its dynamic edge. The menacing headlamps and wide-grinning grille are statement features that are likely to become instantly recognisable and synonymous with the Sting alone.
While a few steps short of massaged leather and mahogany, the interior furnishings on the Corsa Sting are generous for the price and rank among many competitors that dare to charge significantly more.
Even the standard package gets a lavish set of techy features, including Bluetooth connectivity, MP3-compatible stereo, electric windows and central locking. But, not everything can be squeezed into such a keen price bracket, and if you’re looking to include air conditioning, then you’ll need to step up to the Corsa Sting A/C.
The Corsa affords ample space for a little pocket rocket, with plenty of heat and legroom for both front and rear-seat passengers. There’s a whole host of cubby holes fit for almost any purpose, while boot-space shades many of its rivals at 285-litres expanding to 1,100-litres (1,050 in the three-door model).
On the road
One of the most appealing aspects of the Vauxhall Corsa Sting is the economy of running costs. Whether you plump for the 1.0-litre petrol, 1.2-litre petrol or 1.2-litre CDTi diesel option, you’ll achieve minimal fuel consumption and a likely discount on your insurance policy.
Despite not being the most powerful on paper, all three perform well above expectations and live up to the car’s dynamic design features. The Corsa Sting takes a different approach from the likes of the Ford Fiesta or Suzuki Swift, maintaining many of the traditional features that have put the Corsa among the best-selling vehicles in the supermini class.
Petrol-loving purists may question why Vauxhall chose not to include its class-leading 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine on the standard version, however once you get used to the performance of the conventional 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engines, you’re unlikely to feel like you’re missing out. If the turbocharged option is a must, then you’ll need to step up to the Corsa Sting R, which soups up the engine, stiffens the suspension and provides more dynamic interior furnishings.
The CDTi diesel-engine model is fitted with Stop/Start technology to improve efficiency and reduce pollution, which helps to enhance the car’s overall eco-credentials. As such, you can crank out up to 85.6mpg with an emission rate of just 88g/km. An enormous service interval of 20,000 miles will also save you on extra journeys to the garage.
The Vauxhall Corsa Sting is based on the original Corsa S model, but Vauxhall has wisely chosen to forgo the stiff sports suspension that wasn’t particularly well received on the SRi and SXi versions. As such, the Corsa Sting has a smooth and comfortable ride augmented by a natural driving position, responsive controls and a footprint small enough to manoeuvre round the trickiest of urban landscapes.
Vauxhall has also been generous enough to include a host of extra features to keep you safe and comfortable on the road, including tyre pressure sensors, passenger/driver airbag, front-side airbag, curtain airbag and height adjustable driver’s seat.
All in all, the Corsa Sting is a model that will give you plenty of bang for your buck. The sporty credentials, low running costs and a host of additional tech features, is a package that’s almost un-paralleled by rival manufacturers. These are all factors that are likely to make the Corsa Sting one of the go-to options for young drivers. Plus, it will get the support of parents as it holds a five-star Euro NCAP crash test certificate.
So, if you’re on the lookout for a dynamic ride that won’t break the bank, you could do far worse than the Vauxhall Corsa Sting.