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Vauxhall’s  Corsa  is a real winner

THIS is the first review I’ve written where I’m not specifically writing for readers who are looking to buy a new car.

If you don’t have thousands of pounds saved up or a glowing credit score, fear not.

Because after reading this week’s test drive review, you stand a chance of winning your very own new Vauxhall Corsa .

corsa_1Thanks to our friends at Dales, the West Briton has one to give away.

Now – what’s up for grabs is a three-door Corsa Sting in Flame Red, worth £8,995.

But that one is tied up being shipped across Cornwall on promotional duties so we got our hands on the closest thing we could find – a five-door Excite. So let’s be clear: this is a review of our test vehicle which differs in spec slightly compared to the prize.

With that out of the way, let’s begin …

Getting to grips with the Corsa was something of a baptism of fire – the car was delivered and we headed straight up to St Eval racetrack for a photo and video shoot to accompany the competition. Normally I get to cruise around the Cornish roads to acquaint myself with each car, but this time I was thrust into overtaking a camera car and throwing the Corsa around corners built of tyre walls.

It’s a track built for go-karts so it gets a bit narrow sometimes with a full-size car, but we were lucky the good folk at St Eval Kart Circuit allowed us to use their track so we could capture the Vauxhall in action without worrying about cameras falling off onto the A30, waiting for gaps in traffic or capturing a someone getting into a car with someone they shouldn’t.

[quote_center]“Straight out of the garage, the  Corsa  impressively gripped the track.”[/quote_center]
I pulled my belt as tight as I could as my body and the seat tried to handle the corners as well as the rest of the car.

It’s not a sports car, but on the tight track the Corsa was fun and the 0-60 time of 11 seconds didn’t spoil it.

Of course, we know it’s not all about speed and hurtling around a track.

And there’s plenty more up the Vauxhall’s sleeve.

It’s spacious, with good headroom and boasts 55 miles to the gallon.

corsa_2The Excite also boasts a good level of kit inside: a touchscreen audio system and DAB radio, LED daytime running lights, air con, rain-sensitive wipers, automatic lights, cruise control and heated seats. There’s buttons to heat the steering wheel and put it into a lighter City mode – but they’re located on the passenger side of the centre console along with the car’s Eco mode.
But that’s nitpicking.

The Corsa has lots to offer, and whoever wins a brand new car should have years of happy motoring ahead.

I’m off to think of a pseudonym so that I can enter the competition too …

For details on how to win the three-door Vauxhall Corsa Sting, worth £8,995, see your West Briton.

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Gareth Bartlett

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