Vauxhall Astra vs Vauxhall Corsa: Which should you choose?
By Motor Match • 05/04/2023
The Vauxhall Astra and Corsa models are two of the UK's most popular cars, which should you choose?
Vauxhall has transformed its image in recent years, with a wave of new-generation products helping to elevate the brand further.
These include the latest Corsa and Astra, two of the UK’s most popular cars. Boasting a much smarter design, electrified powertrains and a range of the latest technology, deciding between the two cars can be difficult. Here we take a look at the two models and work out which you should choose.
Both of these Vauxhalls are more angled towards comfort and ease of use than pure handling, with neither model being as fun behind the wheel as a comparative Ford Fiesta and Focus. That said, both are very credible choices.
Because of the Corsa’s smaller and more nimble design, it’s easier to use and manoeuvre around town, but if you spend a lot of the time on the motorway or doing longer trips, the Astra would be a better choice owing to its improved refinement and comfort.
Engines and powertrains
Vauxhall should be applauded for its wide choice of powertrains, with both these two cars offered with a plentiful range of engines and electrified choices.
On the Corsa, there’s the option of three 1.2-litre petrol engines – a 74bhp model without a turbo, as well as turbocharged units producing 99bhp and 128bhp. The latter also comes with a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Corsa is also available as an EV, which packs a 134bhp electric motor and 50kWh battery, allowing for a claimed range of 222 miles.
As for the Astra, the choice currently consists of a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol with outputs of 108bhp and 128bhp, along with a 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel for high-mileage drivers. You can also choose the Astra with a choice of plug-in hybrid powertrains, with both using turbocharged 1.6-litre engines paired to an electric motor. These PHEVs are available with combined power outputs of 177bhp and 222bhp, and each offer a claimed range of around 40 miles.
Later in 2023, Vauxhall will also introduce an all-electric model, giving it an especially comprehensive range of powertrains.
Vauxhall has been much bolder with its design language in recent years, and the Astra has been one of its most stylish models yet. Boasting the firm’s new ‘Vizor’ design language, which wraps the headlights and Vauxhall emblem behind a gloss black panel, it’s an especially eye-catching model, even more so in high-spec trim levels.
As the Corsa isn’t quite so new, its design is a little behind the Astra’s when it comes to styling. That’s not to say it’s a bad-looking car – the opposite in fact – it’s just not quite as bold as its larger sibling.
Perhaps more than any other factor, it’s spaciousness that separates these two cars. While the Corsa is far from small inside, it is a noticeably more compact car. There isn’t as much room for adults in the back, while the boot measures 309 litres.
It’s worth noting that the Astra is by no means not the largest or roomiest car in its segment – a Seat Leon offers more space, for example – but it has the edge over the Corsa. Rear seat space may still be a bit cramped for adults, but at 422 litres, the Astra’s boot is a great size and ideal for families.
The Corsa remains one of the UK’s most popular cars, and a key attraction for it is its low pricing. Currently, this Vauxhall supermini is available from £18,065, which undercuts quite a few of its rivals, though it still comes generously equipped. Kit highlights include LED headlights, cruise control and a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Astra is a noticeable step up in price, with prices for this model starting from £25,290. That will get you a more powerful engine for starters, while this Vauxhall gets loads of features included as standard. A few highlights include the firm’s Pure Panel interior layout, which includes a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and wireless smartphone mirroring, along with keyless start and electronic climate control.
Choosing between the Corsa and Astra very much depends on your needs. If you’re shopping on a budget and don’t need a huge amount of space, the smaller Corsa is the better choice.
But if more room is important, as well as better road manners and style, the Astra will take the win for you. Both of these cars are great choices, however, and demonstrate just how much Vauxhall has improved in recent years.