Vauxhall Astra – Eco Car
Chunky, funky and well-made are just some of the Astra’s qualities. It's practical, well made and has a super-modern interior. There's an array of engines to choose from, which are sprightly, economic and environmentally-friendly. What's more, the Astra handles brilliantly thanks to a little help from Lotus. Prices start from £13,995 ONR. Vauxhall are now giving an outstanding market leading lifetime warrantee. However I don’t think its transferable from first registered owner.
Vauxhall Astra – Low Car Tax Band
There is a choice of two petrol Vauxhall Astra engines (1.4 and 1.6) and three diesels (1.3, 1.8 and 2.0). Car tax band B for the 1.3, F for the 1.6 SRI model and D for the other diesels puts the Astra in a similar bracket to the Ford Focus and the VW Golf, its main rivals.
Vauxhall Astra – Low Co2 Emissions
The little 1.3 diesel only emits 109g/km of CO2, making it one of the most eco-friendly diesels on the market. The petrol engines (1.4 and 1.6) emit 129g/km and 147g/km, respectively. The larger capacity diesels churn out 119g/km and 129g/km of CO2, for the 1.8 and 2.0, making them 'green'.
Vauxhall Astra – Safety Features
In an accident, the unique front-end dissipates energy away from the passengers, and the cabin has six airbags, including curtain airbags. Power steering, traction control, stability control, ABS and electronic brake force distribution help keep the car on track when weather conditions are poor.
Vauxhall Astra – Fuel Efficient High MPG
Filling up at petrol stations will be a rare occurrence when driving any of the Vauxhall Astra models. The smallest engine manages 72.4mpg, whereas even the thirstiest of engines (the 1.8 SRI) still returns 41.5mpg. The insurance groups range from 9E to 24E for the sporty model.
Vauxhall Astra – Comfort
Cosy seats that are hard-wearing and smart to look at fill the cabin. No matter what trim level you opt for, you'll be comfortable in the Vauxhall Astra. The dashboards are futuristic but not tacky and have a solidarity that gives the impression of a more expensive, luxurious car.
Vauxhall Astra – Quality
Vauxhall is right up there with its competitors, Ford, Renault and VW, in terms of quality. Nevertheless, owners of a 'Griffin' badge will endure shocking depreciation, which is the Astra’s downfall. However, the components and materials used have huge longevity, so buying an Astra could be a great investment if you were to keep it for a long time.
Vauxhall Astra – Performance
The 0-60mph times are impressive across the board, with even the tiny 1.3 diesel managing to reach the benchmark figure in 13.8 seconds. Expect 9-11 seconds for the larger engines and for the range topping SRI, 8.5 seconds. There's a flat torque curve which means that the engine can be sparked into life from almost any revs.
Vauxhall Astra – Room
Five large seats, space for two six-footers in the rear and a boot that can swallow almost anything you throw at it grace the Vauxhall Astra. The boot is 350 litres and can be extended to 530 litres by folding down the rear seats. The only difficulty is the high boot entrance, which can make it difficult to squeeze in large items.
Vauxhall Astra – Handling
Lotus engineers hone the suspension on Vauxhalls, and that is what gives a keen turn in and professionally-enhanced road holding. The car feels planted through corners, giving the driver supreme confidence.