Vauxhall has expanded its Corsavan small LCV line-up with the addition of a new top-of-the-range Limited Edition Nav model.
On the outside, the differences between this model and other Corsavan variants include the graphics (a couple of black stripes located centrally that run from front to back), black wing mirrors, 16-inch black alloy wheels, and a Carbon Flash-coloured grille bar.
Vauxhall says the new black accents have been designed to complement the vehicle’s existing range of exterior colours (excluding Royal Blue and Metallic Black) plus the new Persian Blue, which is offered exclusively on the Limited Edition Nav.
Inside, the new model adds Navi 4.0 IntelliLink connectivity. The updated system has a seven-inch colour touchscreen and provides satnav with European coverage, DAB radio, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus enables USB connection, Bluetooth connectivity and A2DP audio streaming.
In addition to the standard kit, our test vehicle came equipped with options such as a £1,100 (all prices quoted are ex-VAT) Driving Assistance Pack (which includes forward-collision alert, traffic sign recognition, lane-departure warning, following-distance indicator and anti-dazzle rear-view mirror), and a Winter Pack (for £205 and including electrically heated seats and leather-covered steering wheel). OnStar costs £288 and its functions include a mobile wi-fi hotspot for up to seven devices, emergency response notification, and stolen vehicle recovery technology. A final highlight of the list of options loaded onto the Corsavan was rear-view camera (£235), which provided impressively clear images.
The load space of 0.92m3, with a load bay height of 921mm, is simple to access from the rear hatch, and a comfortably low loading height makes it easy to throw in, as happened on one weekend, all the balls, bibs and cones required to take an under-10s football coaching session.
Meanwhile, on the road, the 1.3-litre 95hp diesel engine and low centre of gravity enable the car to feel nippy, and with its sporty looks and sharp handling the van succeeds in appealing to the inner boy-racer.
Steve Bryant, Vauxhall’s head of commercial vehicle brand, says this new Corsavan is “exceptionally well-equipped for its size, [and] will appeal to operators who want a small car-derived van that stands out from the crowd.”
Seeing as the Corsavan is now in splendid isolation as the last van standing in the car-derived category – following Ford’s decision to withdraw its popular Fiesta Van– standing out from the crowd is absolutely guaranteed for this special edition of the Corsavan.
Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav 1.3CDTi 95hp Start/Stop
Price (ex VAT) £15,115
Price range (ex VAT) £11,830-£15,115
Service intervals 1yr/20,000mls
Load length 1,257mm
Load width 1,264mm
Load bay height 921mm
Gross payload 543kg
Load volume 0.92m3
Engine size/power 1,248cc/95hp
Combined fuel economy 68.9mpg
This well-equipped and sporty version of the Corsavan gives Vauxhall a good opportunity to capitalise from the lack of like-for-like competition in the small van sector.