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“With a much less highly effective engine than the VXR, the Vauxhall Corsa GSi is extra inexpensive to insure and run. It is only a disgrace the GSi lacks the polish of the perfect ‘heat’ hatchbacks” The Vauxhall Corsa VXR has been discontinued, however followers of spicy hatchbacks with a Griffin badge are being catered for with the Corsa GSi till the subsequent VXR arrives – doubtlessly with hybrid energy. It shares most of its chassis upgrades with the VXR, however a smaller engine ought to make the GSi extra accessible to youthful drivers, or these after decrease operating prices. It returns as much as 49.6mpg, in comparison with simply 37mpg from the extra highly effective scorching hatch. With a near-identical bodykit to the VXR, the GSi definitely appears to be like the half. A big rear wing, facet skirts, air vents and deep grille set it other than lesser superminis. The GSi additionally boasts a carbon-effect end for the door mirrors and grille, bi-xenon headlights, privateness glass and 17-inch alloy wheels (with 18s as an choice. Picture 1 of 20 Practicality is considerably restricted by the GSi being a three-door, however boot house and inside room are the identical as in a normal Corsa. Sporty options have been added to assist set a motorsport tone, from sculpted sports activities seats to a flat-bottomed steering wheel and even GSi-branded flooring mats. With a 1.Four-litre turbocharged petrol engine kicking out 148bhp, the GSi would not push occupants again into their seats as a lot because the 202bhp Corsa VXR, but it surely does sit 10 insurance coverage teams decrease. That is perhaps much more necessary to some clients than its eight.9-second Zero-62mph time, which is on a par with the 138bhp Ford Fiesta ST-Line and barely slower than a Suzuki Swift Sport. Dealing with capacity is arguably extra necessary, and right here the GSi ought to give warm-hatch drivers loads of confidence. There’s loads of grip, and the discount in energy really appears to assist the GSi rocket out of corners with out overwhelming the tyres in a flurry of wheelspin. The brakes reply strongly and the gearlever has a shorter throw than the usual Corsa. It is only a disgrace the exhaust sounds moderately flat and the Corsa cannot fairly match the polish of its closest rivals, or the cheeky sense of enjoyable of cheaper fashions just like the Volkswagen up! GTI.