Stellar improvements to Vauxhall Astra

03 September 2019

VAUXHALL has opened the order book for the latest versions of one of the UK’s best-selling cars, with improvements of up to more than 20 per cent for its economy and emissions.

It is yet another example of how the motor industry continues to do more than any other to reduce its harmful effects on the environment.

The latest round of improvements to the Astra mean that it consumes less fuel and emits less carbon dioxide, whilst using more recycled components in its manufacture.

Prices start at £18,885 for hatchback versions, and from £20,335 for the estate models, with first arrivals due here in November.

There are seven levels of trim and equipment, with entry versions getting 16-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch infotainment screen, air conditioning, rear privacy glass and cruise control. Next up are the  Business Edition Nav versions costing from £19,585, which gain a leather steering wheel and adjustable driver’s armrest.

In the middle of the line-up are the SRi and SRi Nav models with prices from £21,895 and £22,595.

Equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, stronger front camera, sports seats, chrome window trim and LED headlamps. The SRi VX Line Nav costs from £24,195 and gains front fog lamps and black trim.

Flagship Elite Nav and Ultimate Nav models are priced from £23,955 and £23,755. Both boast an eight-inch infotainment system and an eight-inch digital gauge cluster, climate control, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and heated seats.

The Astra Ultimate Nav also gets a premium Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charger and LED headlamps.

Petrol models use turbocharged three-cylinder units of 1.2-litres or 1.4-litres.

The 1.2-litre engine is offered with three power outputs of 108bhp, 128bhp and 143bhp, with economy of 50mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km.

The 1.4-litre version generates 143bhp and 236Nm of pulling power and comes with a continuously variable transmission system.

The diesel engines are all three-cylinder units, with a 1.5-litre 105bhp version mated to a six speed manual gearbox, plus a 120bhp optional nine-speed automatic transmission.

The British-built Astra is the UK’s third most popular car and the company is now owned by Peugeot-Citroen, which is based in France.

Its main rival, the Ford Focus is made in Germany, as is the smaller Ford Fiesta.