Available as:VanEngine options:1.3TD 75/95hp, 1.2P 80hpVolume (m³): 0.9Payload (kg):550
It just goes to show that some of the best things come in small packages and they don't come much better than this.
Anybody anxious to shrink their carbon footprint and who typically never carries anything bulkier or heavier than a tool box or a guard dog could do worse than opt for Vauxhall’s Euro 5 Corsavan ecoFLEX with a 95hp 1.3-litre CDTi diesel engine plus Start/Stop. It is good news for the wallet and has CO2 emissions of 95g/km.
On the combined cycle it returns a miserly 78.3mpg and an astonishingly frugal 88.1mpg on the extra-urban cycle. The urban driving figure of 65.6mpg cannot be counted as a disappointment either.
Start/Stop cuts the engine at the lights or in a traffic jam to reduce wasteful idling. It’s restarted automatically by dipping the clutch. With ecoFLEX trim you get optimised gear ratios, aerodynamic wheel covers and an indicator on the instrument panel that tells you when to change gear for optimal fuel economy.
A 75hp 1.3CDTi engine is available in standard trim with or without Start/Stop, a 70hp 1.2-litre petrol model is up for grabs too, and Corsavan can additionally be ordered in Sportive guise with the 95hp 1.3 CDTi diesel, a six-speed gearbox and air-conditioning among a host of other goodies. All the other Corsavans are equipped with a five-speed ’box. Whichever version you pick, gross payload capacity is set at 550kg and the load area is a modest 0.92m3.
Corsavan is a hoot to drive, with precise handling, a slick gearchange and plenty of performance. There’s a surprising amount of space in the cab for a van of this size and the seats are comfortable and supportive.
Service intervals are set at one year/20,000 miles and the pocket-sized Vauxhall is protected by a three-year/60,000-mile warranty.