Certainly, it looks more dynamic than before, particularly in three-door guise. Vauxhall claims the three-door and five-door Corsas are like two separate model lines. It’s nonsense, really, but we know what they mean.

The three-door is meant to look faintly sporting – and does – with its rear wheelarch bulges and a raked rear window in the style of the previous-generation three-door Astra’s. Meanwhile, the five-door has what Vauxhall calls a more “family-friendly” nature, with a more upright tailgate and a larger glass area, to make it more airy inside.

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Matt Prior

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We like ESP but wish it could be switched off. Although it’s rare, driving on snow is easier without traction control.

So it’s more dynamic than before and it’s also more interesting. Options like the Flex-Fix integrated bike rack, which slides out of the rear bumper, is a real attention grabber. There are cheaper ways of carting yout bicycle arounnd, but regardless of the prices, features like this get your car on to buyers’ shortlists.

Mechanically, we’ve seen some of this Corsa before. Under the skin, it shares more than a few parts with Fiat’s latest Punto (a result of a financial and engineering partnership that has since been scrapped).

The Corsa and Punto have the same their floorpan, chassis pressings, suspension (front MacPherson struts, rear torsion bar) and power steering system. But Vauxhall points out that whereas southern Europeans prefer long-travel, very absorbent suspension, northern Europeans like shorter-travel, more tightly damped settings.

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Of course, there’s also the VXR model at the top of the range. VXRs are known for being, well, lairy is the most polite way of putting it. Visually, at least, the Corsa VXR isn’t about to change anyone’s preconceptions. With its brash grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, big spoiler, rear diffuser and central exhaust, the Corsa VXR makes the Clio Cup look understated.

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