The British carmaker has announced that the new Corsa GSi will start at £18,995.

It seems that no one has told Vauxhall about the Suzuki Swift Sport’s recent problems – the British carmaker has just announced the price of its new Corsa GSi, and the hot hatch is set to cost from £18,995 on the road. 

When the Swift Sport was announced back in April with a £17,999 list price, Suzuki UK was rather ‘swiftly’ forced into offering an embarrassing £1,500 discount on the car before it even went on sale following criticism. The Volkswagen Polo GTI starts from £19,500 and the much-lauded Ford Fiesta ST starts at £18,995. 

Standard specification on the new Corsa GSi includes 17-inch bi-colour cut alloy wheels, a GSi rear roof spoiler and sporty front grille, bumper and side sills. 

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Vauxhall says that the GSi also gets tinted rear windows, carbon effect exterior mirrors and grille bar, and LED daytime running lights. Inside, the package is topped off with sports-style front seats, leather steering wheel and the Navi R4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system that offers Apple and Android connectivity.

Vauxhall is also offering the sporty hatch with the £1,900 GSi Plus Pack, which consists of 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, Recaro leather seats and bi-xenon.

Built on a Corsa VXR chassis, the new GSi is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine with 148 bhp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 8.9 seconds, with strong performance right through to its maximum speed of 129 mph. Vauxhall says that the GSi’s short-ratio six-speed gearbox helps the car to accelerate from 50-70 mph in fifth gear in just 9.9 seconds.

In addition to delivering high performance, the Corsa GSi is also part of Vauxhall’s latest Euro 6d-TEMP range of engines, offering fuel economy of 49.6 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from 139 g/km. 

Still, hard not to imagine that the GSi is going to have its work cut out when priced exactly the same at the Fiesta ST with its 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit producing 197 bhp, 47.1 mpg on the combined cycle and a 0-62 mph time that’s 2.4 seconds quickers at 6.5 sec.

The Vauxhall Corsa GSi is available to order now, with deliveries starting in September.