September's Used Van Hero

Andy Picton

13 Sep 2017, Blog Post

FOR THOSE WANTING A SMALL VAN THAT GIVES YOU MORE

The current version of the Vauxhall Corsavan remains a gem within the Vauxhall commercial vehicle range and is good looking, economical and fun to drive.

WHY?

The last remaining production vehicle in this sub-sector of the market, the Corsavan may be small in size but is big on appeal.  The latest variant has had a freshen up with a restyled front end and cab layout that features cutting-edge technology as well as plenty of those practical storage requirements demanded by a commercial driver.

Euro 6 engines are standard across both the petrol and diesel range with ‘stop-start’ technology available on all diesel models. The most frugal diesel engine emits only 87g/km of C02 whilst returning an impressive combined 85.6mpg on the NEDC cycle.

WHEN WAS IT ON SALE?

Based on the corresponding generation Corsa ‘supermini’ car, the first Corsa was launched with an Opel badge back in 1982 and was subsequently launched as a Vauxhall Corsavan fourteen years later, in 1994.

WHAT’S GOOD?

Compact and manoeuvrable, car-like driveability, frugal, 571kg payload, relatively cheap to insure, 20,000m servicing intervals, sensible servicing costs, large dealer network.

Limited numbers available at auction which helps keep interest high. Ex-utility examples in white have a good following as do higher spec Sportive variants in colour.

WHAT’S BAD?

Check the electrics on older models. A slipping clutch on petrol variants can also be an issue. Older diesel models have been susceptible to diesel particulate filter failures if not run regularly.  Ensure a good service history is in place for peace of mind.

IDEAL BUY?

Vauxhall Corsavan 1.3 CDTI 16v (EU6) S/S Sportive L1 H1 on a 2015/15 plate with 30,000m

Retail £6,075 Trade £4,850

About the author

Andy Picton

Andy PictonSenior Commercial Vehicle Editor

Having worked previously for Barclays Asset Finance, LeasePlan and now Glass’s, Andy has over 25 years experience in the commercial vehicle industry, working closely with manufacturers, leasing companies, traders, dealers and auction houses. He's been at Glass’s since 2002 and recently taken on the role of Senior Commercial Vehicle Editor managing our industry-leading team of valuation experts. He loves football, music and obviously commercial vehicles.