In recent times, the popular hot hatch market has been dominated by a few impressive automobiles. This includes the Ford Fiesta ST (regarded as the class leader) and Focus RS, Seat Leon Cupra, Peugeot 308 GTi and the Honda Civic Type R. It has been difficult for other releases to penetrate this elite group in the last few years, but one vehicle which contends with the class leaders but flies somewhat under the radar is the Vauxhall Corsa VXR.
Key Factors to Compare
The key factors when it comes to hot hatches is a fun driving experience with quick acceleration, good grip and responsive steering. In addition to this, these trendy automobiles also look fantastic and will not break the bank. So, how does the Vauxhall Corsa VXR stack up against the tough competition?
The new Corsa VXR actually boasts greater acceleration than most at 0-62 in just 6.5 seconds (the Fiesta ST clocks in at 6.9), plus it also features fantastic grip and responsive steering for an excellent driving experience with a top speed of 143mph.
Another factor that the XVR has in its favour is the sleek and stylish interior that features glossed black surfaces and chrome highlights – like many hot hatches, the XVR also has a surprising amount of room in the cabin. It matches its competitors in terms of features, which are another crucial element in the popularity of hot hatches. Heated windscreen, air conditioning, cruise control, DAV radio, Bluetooth and xenon headlights come as standard and are features that make it a comfortable drive as well as a fun one.
Perhaps the reason that the Corsa is sometimes overlooked is the fact that it is not as economical as the class leaders with 38mpg (compared to the Fiesta ST’s 46-48mpg). Despite this, it is cheaper than the other hot hatches and particularly when you shop at reputable second-hand dealers, such as Motorpoint. This lower price tag but powerful performance is something that will appeal to many, as these are important factors in the popular hot hatch market.
The hot hatch market has exploded in popularity in recent years with excellent automobiles like the Fiesta ST, the Seat Leon Cupra and the Peugeot 308GTi dominating the market.
This is a sector where a powerful performance and fun driving experience are the most important factors, which is why the Vauxhall Corsa XVR deserves greater recognition as it boasts greater acceleration than most with a lower price tag.
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