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The Vauxhall Corsa E, in Review

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The Vauxhall Corsa E signals a new era for the Vauxhall brand. This vehicle, fully electric, enters the growing market with a solid reputation for efficiency and smooth driving and will surely be a big hit with consumers looking to make the shift to more sustainable transportation. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Vauxhall Corsa electric vehicle.

 

What’s in the Cabin?

If you’ve ever been in a Corsa before, then the cabin of the Corsa E won’t seem all that unfamiliar to you. Indeed, you find anything too radically different. The main selling point of this vehicle is that it’s electric, not that it’s completely different! And in any case, if it ain’t broke, you shouldn’t fix it. So what will you find? It’s black plastic and aluminium in the conservative style for which Vauxhall is famous. All the components are arranged neatly and intuitively, which only enhances the driving experience. 

There are two different trims for the interior. The SE Nav gets fabric seats, while the Elite Nav has a fabric and faux leather hybrid. 

 

Vauxhall Corsa E Standard Features

Vauxhall is always pretty handy at making sure that the standard versions of their vehicles come jam-packed with features. And that’s just what you’ll find with the Vauxhall Corsa E. There are many, many features, too many to list here in full. The standout features are the 7-inch colour touchscreen and multimedia infotainment system. There’s also cruise control, electric windows, a trip computer, and a whole host of safety features. 

 

What Features Can You Add On?

If the standard features of the vehicle aren’t enough for you, then you can always look at upgrading the vehicle to one of the higher trims or adding features, some of which are available for the vehicle. As you work your way up the trim levels, you’ll find things like a digital instrument cluster, heated front seats and steering wheel, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, keyless entry and start, panoramic rear view camera, and more. 

 

Motorway Range

One of the things that held back earlier incarnations of the electric vehicle was the lack of range. Happily, Vauxhall entered the market at the right time, just as the technology has really begun to pick up speed. The new Vauxhall Corsa E range is around 209 miles, which, while not as extensive as other vehicles, is more than enough for the average driver. The electric motor system that gives the car its energy is modern and advanced, ensuring a smooth journey. The real-world range is around 180 miles when the vehicle is at full charge. That’s if you’re in ‘normal’ mode. If you enter ‘sport’ mode then you’ll get a fair amount less, but you will have more power. Of course, the 200+ mile range is more than suitable for urban driving, especially since you’ll never be too far from a charging station. 

 

How Long Does It Take To Charge?

Another leap forward for electric vehicles was the increase in charge time. If you invest in the Vauxhall Corsa E, then you’ll take advantage of rapid charging, which the car can achieve in as little as 45 minutes. Of course, that’s only if you have access to a rapid charging unit. If you’re using more standard charging methods, then it’ll take longer -- anywhere up to seven hours to get full charge when you’re using a fast 22kW energy source. If you take the slowest option, the 3kW, then it’ll take around 17 hours. But even that’s not too bad if you’ve got nowhere to be and nothing to do! 

 

What Charging Points Can It Use?

There are several different types of charging points you can use. Indeed, all of the ones that you’ll find in the UK will work just fine. In public, the car can take energy from a fast charger and a rapid charger. The former, you’ll find in offices, commercial buildings, supermarkets, and leisure centres. Rapid chargers are generally only found at motorway services and car parks. If you need a top up of battery when you’re on a motorway, then the rapid charger will take you to full from empty in around 45 minutes. 

 

Vauxhall Corsa E Accessories

There’s no shortage of Vauxhall Corsa E accessories that you can add to your vehicle after you’ve made your purchase. Some of these are fun, some of them are purely functional. You can add a cup holder, or a roof box that’ll allow you to go on journeys into the great outdoors. Vauxhall also sells a lot of fragrances that’ll help to keep your car feeling fresh all year round. 

 

Battery Low Indicators 

There are two ways you can check how much battery you have. One is, of course, within the cabin directly. On the dashboard you’ll see a health bar that’ll indicate how much battery you have before you need to charge your vehicle. This is represented by a bar graph. However, it’ll also tell you how many miles you have left before you’re at empty. This doesn’t necessarily indicate low battery but it’s close enough. You can also check your battery by using the Vauxhall car app, which is synced to your vehicle. That’ll give you a percentage, which can make it a little bit easier to mentally visualise.  

  

What To Do If You Run Out of Electric

Nobody wants to feel their car grinding to a halt, all because there’s no juice left. That’s true for both electric and petrol car owners. The best way to avoid this is to keep an eye on how much you have, and to take advantage of any opportunities to fill up if you think you may not have another chance for a while. If you’re beyond that point, then the process is the same as if you ran out of petrol. You’ll need to be towed to a charging station. It’s advisable to safely pull over to the side of the road and put your hazard lights on. Investing in some high vis jackets can ensure another level of safety if you need to get out of your car. 

 

What Type of Charging Cable Does It Use?

There are various cables that you can use with the Vauxhall Corsa E. However, there are some that it is optimally designed to be used with. It’s meant to be charged by an 11kW charger, which means you’ll need to use a 16A cable. You could charge it with a less powerful charger, but it’ll take longer to charge. The battery cannot handle a 22kW charger unless you’re at a special spot. Beyond that, a lot of it comes down to personal choice or needs, at least with the length of the cable. You can buy cables that are short as one metre all the way up to fifteen metres. 

 

Can You Charge With a 3 Point Plug?

Yes, you can charge the Vauxhall Corsa E with a 3 point plug, otherwise known as a common domestic plug. That’ll mean that you can just plug the charger into a socket at your home, connect it to the car, and let it charge. This of course takes much more time, since they’re generally only up to 3kW. It could take ten or more hours. 

 

What Does It Cost To Charge?

One of the advantages of having an electric vehicle is that it’s cheaper to run than a petrol vehicle. And that’s just the case with the Vauxhall Corsa E. How much you’ll spend filling up your battery with juice will depend on where you’re doing the charging. If you’re at home, the empty to full rate will be around 7.65. If you’re at a rapid charging station, then it’ll cost around 6.75 to get somewhere between 20% and 80% full. That means the average cost per mile is between 4.30p and 6.33p. 

 

Can You Connect Siri and Google Auto?

Yes, you can connect both Siri and Google Auto to the Vauxhall Corsa E. Vauxhall Corsa E Siri, Vauxhall Corsa A Android Auto, and Vauxhall Corsa E Apple Car Play all make driving the vehicle more fun. 

 

The Price of the Vehicle

Finally, let’s think about the Vauxhall Corsa e price UK. How much the Vauxhall Corsa electric price will be will depend on the trim level. If you go for the standard model, then you’ll pay somewhere around 29,000, or 260 each month. If you opt for the Elite Nav option, then you’re looking at spending around 33 thousand. The other trim levels fall somewhere in between those two cost prices. 

 

Conclusion

If you’re interested in getting a Vauxhall Corsa E for yourself, then be sure to get in touch with us here at Drive Vauxhall. We have a network of dealerships located across the North East, South West, East Anglia, and the Midlands, where you’ll be able to test drive the vehicle -- or another in the Vauxhall range -- to see if you like it. We look forward to seeing you. 

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