THE revisions to the Corsa are extensive and while Vauxhall’s engineers have retained the previous car’s basic platform, much work has been done on the way the car drives as well as how it looks.

Visually the Corsa’s been influenced by the funky Adam, while there’s been an increased focus on boosting the green credential of the car’s engine range.To improve the ‘big car’ feel, there’s now a wealth of added value safety kit and creature comforts available.

It’s hardly a surprise that the new Corsa looks a little bit like the Adam. From the front at least, Vauxhall’s mainstream supermini now boasts a little more character and is easier to spot in the supermarket car park.

Being Vauxhall’s volume-selling car, it’s got to perform for a wide variety of customers, be they private buyers or company car users. The major selling point is low running costs, thanks in part to new and revised engines plus a greener approach to motoring.

The Corsa offers a good level of cabin space, is available with three or five-doors, and there’s ample boot space for a car of this size. For a car that has to work for a wide variety of users, cabin storage space is ample for mobile phones, drinks, maps and the like.

Previously the Corsa was rarely top of keen drivers’ shopping lists, but Vauxhall’s engineers have done a good job of closing the gap to the likes of Ford’s Fiesta. An overhaul of suspension and steering elements results in a more engaging experience, while refinement and the ability to cope with poorly surfaced roads have also been greatly improved.

Vauxhall has also spent a lot of time improving the Corsa’s engine range, with the result being a greater focus on economy and ease of driving. Some existing units have been improved, such as the firm’s 1.3-litre diesel units – now offering sub-100g/km CO2 figures, while an all-new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol motor has been introduced in two states of tune: 90 and 115 horsepower. The latter is pleasantly smooth and quiet, yet punches well above its weight performance-wise.

Vauxhall’s not been shy in adding a considerable amount of kit, with the highlights being a heated windscreen, the choice of heated seats and steering wheel plus advanced safety kit and a high-end infotainment system previously only found on more expensive cars higher up the Vauxhall food chain.

With the greener and more economical engines plus the ability to save money at the pumps and reduce the amount you give to the taxman each year, the Corsa’s value for money status is pleasingly more attractive than before.

The Corsa has always appealed to a wide audience, and it’s likely to be the same with this new model. Private buyers form a significant proportion of the market and there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to engine and trim combinations. Offering both three and five-doors does much to further boost its chances in a crowded market. Vauxhall hasn’t forgotten business, users either.

Low CO2 rated engines and fleet-specific trim levels should make the business of buying company cars an easy one.

This car can be summed up in a single word: dependable. If this car was an item of clothing – it would be a comfortable pair of shoes.