The Vauxhall Corsa VXR is still not the complete package, but it makes several key advances over its various VXR predecessors.

With a fraction more finesse it would be right up there with the Clio.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Safety levels are among the best

But in terms of performance and showroom appeal, it is a deeply impressive megamini.

Of course, the elephant in the room is the price, which has climbed by £3000 over five years. Whether that’s a problem largely depends on the badge – brand loyalty is rarely stronger than in this market.

But what the price tag fails to factor is that the Corsa is a great all-rounder. It will be as competent on a hot lap of Castle Combe as it will be on the motorway there and back. That the hot model was conceived alongside cooking versions shines brightly.

So irrespective of price, the Corsa VXR is an excellent fast and practical car.

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