Vauxhall Corsa-e audio review: A stock six-speaker system

The Vauxhall Corsa-e is an all-electric five-door hatchback that starts from £26,640. We found the vehicle to be a good all-rounder but ultimately its competitors offer a more compelling option for the price.

Inside the electric Corsa is a six-speaker audio system, where each channel outputs 20 watts of RMS power. At the time of writing, there’s no means of upgrading the system when purchasing the vehicle brand new.

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Vauxhall Corsa-e audio setup

To tinker with the vehicle’s audio settings, one has to navigate to the appropriate menu on the 7″ infotainment system – the model on review has a 10″ capacitive colour touchscreen display, instead.

Alongside the call volume and the ability to enable or disable touch tones, you’ll find a three-band equaliser – here are our optimal settings:

  • Bass: +0
  • Medium*: +0
  • Treble: +0
  • Ambience: Personalised
  • Loudness: On
  • Balance & fader: Centre

*’Medium’ seems to have been lost in translation, but the setting alters the mid-range frequencies.

With Loudness on, the low- and high-end frequencies are emphasised, while with the setting toggled off, we’d recommend adding +6 to the Bass, and +2 to the Treble. As for which is best: it truly depends to what you prefer; if you like an energetic sound, opt for Loudness mode, if however, you enjoy a more neutral audio reproduction, opt for the second option, instead.

To connect up to the vehicle’s system, you can opt for a wired or wireless connection, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported. Over Bluetooth, the system supports the SBC and AAC codecs – the latter being the better out of the two, as it transmits at a higher quality.

As for media controls, they can be accessed through the display or via a set of buttons found on the right-hand side of the steering wheel.

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Vauxhall Corsa-e audio performance

For a demo of the Vauxhall Corsa-e’s audio system head on over to our YouTube channel.

There are six speakers in total, where two loudspeakers reside in each of the vehicle’s doors, and a tweeter sits within each of the A-pillars at the front of the cabin.

Indeed, there’s no subwoofer in the boot and this becomes apparent when listening to Wes Nelson’s debut single, ‘See Nobody’. Throughout the song, there should be prolonged sub-bass rumbles, but in the Corsa-e these are almost non-existent.

While this frequency range can’t be reproduced, the full-range drivers do their best in providing a hearty mid-bass punch. Here, the vehicle’s speakers manage to competently reproduce the song’s bassline. The drivers are, however, a touch uncontrolled namely at louder volumes where the mid-bass becomes a bit more wobbly.

The highs are equally good, with the two dedicated tweeters at the front of the cabin providing a bit of life and clarity to songs that require it. The same couldn’t be said at the rear of the cabin, however, as with the lack of dedicated tweeters music doesn’t have the same zing to it.

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Similarly, the mids are a little pushed back and recessed; adding a few extra notches to the ‘Medium’ EQ will artificially boost the frequency range, resulting in an inaccurate reproduction. Lizzo’s voice in ‘Juice’, for example, isn’t portrayed perfectly with any additions to the frequency band via the EQ settings. As a result, the system has a V-shaped sound, which means it sounds warm and fun, albeit a little pushed back with vocals.

As for the soundstage, it’s a little narrow. With a limitation in the size of the vehicle’s cabin, the six speakers haven’t got an expansive space in which they can shine and given the number of audio drivers at your disposal, audio lacks width and depth. Nevertheless, there’s a good degree of instrument separation, namely at the front of the cabin.

Vauxhall Corsa-e audio review

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TotallyEV’s verdict on the Vauxhall Corsa-e’s audio system

On the whole, the Vauxhall Corsa-e’s six-speaker system is neither impressive nor terrible. We’d have liked to see an option for consumers to enhance their audio experience, especially given the vehicle’s all-electric nature.

Here, the addition of a subwoofer would have taken the system to new heights, and extra drivers throughout the cabin could have added a bit more immersion. Alas, that’s not the case, and the vehicle’s audio system is mediocre at best, for a vehicle that starts from £26,640.

What do you make of the Vauxhall Corsa-e’s audio system? Let us know in the comments section or via social media; we’re on: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Sub-bass
5
Mid-bass
8
Mids
6
Highs
8
Soundstage
7
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Christopher is an avid car enthusiast and techie. In his spare time, he reviews the latest consumer electronic products on his YouTube channel, TotallydubbedHD. Elsewhere, he practices Taekwondo, in which he has held a black belt for several years and coaches at a national level. He also speaks fluent English, French, Armenian, and loves to practice freestyle street dance.

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