THE NEW VAUXHALL CORSA IS THE MOST AERODYNAMIC HATCHBACK MONEY CAN BUY

The new Corsa was announced recently. This is big news – seeing as we buy them in the thousands. Now that Opel/Vauxhall is under Peugeot ownership, we’ve been led to believe that we’ll start seeing an increase in quality. This new car is totally re-engineered and is based on the cute Peugeot 208 platform which, let’s be honest, isn’t a bad thing.

To make matters even more appealing to potential Corsa owners, the new car has achieved the best aerodynamic ratings in the entire hatchback segment – making for one super-slippery car.

The mighty Corsa finished in a red/black combo

With a drag co-efficient of 0.29Cd, it’s officially the most aerodynamically-sound car in its class. This is good news for those looking for a decent fuel return, making it as much as 5% better than before thanks to the improved aero alone.

That dinky rear spoiler also helps with aero

So how have they managed it? I hear you screaming from the rooftops. Well, it’s actually quite clever. The new car’s design includes a supercar-like underbody that’s made up of flat panelling from the engine compartment through to the rear axle – this allows air to glide over the bottom of the car and prevents it from getting caught up as it passes over the car’s innards. This is quite innovative for a budget hatchback.

Also included is an active-aero shutter which closes off cooling vents to the engine when they’re not required, thus helping to better direct air around the car. A small rear spoiler puts the icing on the cake, completing the Corsa’s nifty aerodynamic enhancements.

The new Corsa already complies with Euro 6d emissions standards

Base models are weighing in at a featherweight 980kg, making them up to 10% lighter than the previous model. The all-new Corsa is available to order now for a January launch. Prices start at £15,500.

But is it all enough to make you want one over it’s fully-French cousin the 208?

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