Everyone knows that I have a soft spot for the west coast of Scotland. It’s where I headed the last time Vauxhall gave me a car to test for a weekend, so I knew when they got in touch again and offered me the Vauxhall Corsa SRI 1.4 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Corsa that I wanted to go even further west.
This time to the Outer Hebrides.
It’s a place that I’m pretty familiar with and have visited almost every year for the last four years.
I love the scenery there and when the weather is good, it’s incredible. It’s also got the most fantastic backdrops for taking photos.
Driving the Corsa SRI
The roads from Inverness to Ullapool, where we were catching the ferry, really let me stretch my legs and test everything from how it handles corners to the acceletation and I was really impressed with it.
This car handles beautifully and thanks to the turbo, it has a fair nip about it too. Overtaking was a breeze and I never felt like I wouldn’t have enough time to make it.
This Corsa also had a 6th gear which is something that I’m not used to having and although it was a bit of getting used to it was nice to use for saving fuel as part of the Eco mode that this car has.
The eco mode is most useful for those in the city as it has an automatic engine cut out when the car is idling at lights although I couldn’t ever figure out how to activate it and sometimes it just did it. When it does kick in, you just have to put your foot on the clutch again for the car to spring back into life and off you go.
Great for saving fuel.
Talking of fuel this car seems pretty efficient and from a full tank we got around 400 miles of driving although that may be a bit less if you’re doing a lot of city driving.
Where we visited
Whilst over on Lewis and Harris we decided to visit places that I hadn’t been before on the islands including the Butt of Lewis, Leverburgh right at the very bottom of Harris and just drive around and explore places that we hadn’t ventured before or places that we love going back to time and time again.
One of those places that we love is the Callanish Stones.
They are ancient standing stones at the top of a hill that nobody really fully understands the reason for their original construction.
They really are a sight to behold and have gre a great backdrop for taking photos as you can see below.
I absolutely loved driving this car and to be honest was pretty gutted when we had to hand it back as it’s a nice little upgrade from the Vauxhall Adam that we have. If I was looking to upgrade to something a bit nippier, with some more room inside I think I would definitely shortlist the Corsa as one of them.
Oh and if you’ve never visited the Outer Hebrides, I highly suggest you do so.