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VAUXHALL Astra

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Highlights

  • Stylish looks
  • Good standard equipment levels
  • Great driving experience
  • Very competitive pricing
  • Refined

 

Arval’s pick of the range:

Vauxhall Astra 1.6 110hp CDTi turbo diesel SRi

Vauxhall Astra - Overview

Vauxhall’s Astra is the brand’s company car mainstay. Available in five-door hatchback or Sports Tourer estate shapes, the latest generation of Astra is a big return to form for Vauxhall in terms of styling, interior design, driving experience, refinement levels and equipment, including Vauxhall’s excellent OnStar telematics and driver assistance system.

DRIVING

What is the Vauxhall Astra like to drive?

The latest Astra is a first-rate drive. Refinement levels are impressive, with little wind noise intruding into the cabin at higher speeds, and the diesel engine’s volume is kept well under control. Ride quality is also excellent, being firm without jarring or crashing over potholes and bumps, and the handling is helped by the current car being significantly lighter than its predecessor. That helps nimbleness, as well as aiding fuel economy. The gearchange feels solid, shifted via a chunky gear lever, and engine performance is exceptional across the range, with the 160hp Bi-Turbo diesel being a particular highlight for those that can afford to pick from the higher end of the price list, especially as it still manages to emit under 110g/km of CO2.

 

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.4 100hp, 124-131g/km CO2 (25-27% BIK), 49.6-52.3mpg
  • 1.0 turbo 105hp, 102-105g/km CO2 (21-22% BIK), 61.4-64.2mpg
  • 1.4 turbo 125hp, 124-130g/km CO2 (25-27% BIK), 50.4-52.3mpg
  • 1.4 turbo 150hp, 128-130g/km CO2 (26-27% BIK), 50.4-51.4mpg
  • 1.6 turbo 200hp, 141-142g/km CO2 (29% BIK), 45.6-46.3mpg

 

Diesel engines:

  • 1.6 110hp, 88-99g/km CO2 (22-23% BIK), 74.3-85.6mpg
  • 1.6 136hp, 99-122g/km CO2 (23-28% BIK), 61.4-74.3mpg
  • 1.6 BiTurbo 170hp, 109g/km CO2 (25% BIK), 68.9mpg

 

Gearboxes:

  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 5-speed automatic
  • 6-speed automatic

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.
 

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Vauxhall Astra trim levels explained

Vauxhall offers a walk-up of five trim levels on the Astra, of which the top two also have a ‘Nav’ derivative to allow compay car drivers not able to select options to also spec sat nav, which is also standard on the Tech Line trim. In addition, there is a VX-Line version of the SRi for the hatchback, offering a styling pack and uprated alloys.

Design

  • 16” steel wheels
  • DAB radio
  • Automatic lights
  • Electric rear windows
  • Aircon
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • One USB socket
  • 7” touchscreen
  • Black roof rails (Sports Tourer)

 

Tech Line Nav (in addition to Design)

  • Sat nav
  • 8” touchscreen
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Adjustable front armrest

 

Energy (in addition to Design)

  • 17” alloys
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated seats

 

SRi (in addition to Energy)

  • Auto wipers
  • Anti-dazzle rear-view mirrors
  • Sports front seats
  • Onstar telematics and concierge service
  • 8” touchscreen

 

Elite (in addition to SRi)

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Heated front and outer rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Four-way lumbar support

How to spec the Vauxhall Astra

The SRi trim level is just right for company car drivers as it includes all the modern essentials, such as alloy wheels, Bluetooth, cruise control and the excellent Onstar system. Key options worth adding to the SRi spec include front and rear parking sensors for £465. The 110hp 1.6 diesel offers a great combination of low BiK tax, excellent fuel economy and enough power to make the Astra a great choice.

Vauxhall Astra Interior – what’s it like?

The latest Astra interior is a high-quality place, with decent layout and a user-friendly interface for the infotainment system. The same improvement is true of the materials, with excellent use of softer plastics in the most touch-heavy places. The boot is a decent 370 litres in the hatch, and 540 in the Sports Tourer, increasing to 1,210 and 1,630 respectively with the seats down. The Astra offers a decent amount of passenger space and comfort too. Finding a suitable driving position is straightforward and visibility, especially forwards, is excellent.

THE ALTERNATIVES

Vauxhall Astra Alternatives

Alternative models to consider include the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Citroen C4, Peugeot 308, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30, Kia Cee’d, Nissan Pulsar, SEAT Leon, Mazda 3, Renault Megane, Toyota Auris and Volvo V40.

VERDICT

The Verdict

Smarter, more refined, great to drive and with smart features such as the market-leading Onstar system, the Astra is more competitive and a better choice than ever before.