All-new Astra will offer better interior quality and fresh exterior styling; it will be built in Britain
15 September 2015

Prices for the all-new Vauxhall Astra have been confirmed, with entry-level models starting at £15,295.

The all-new car is smaller in size, cheaper but better equipped than the model it replaces, according to Vauxhall, which has put particular emphasis on making the Astra better to drive and a more attractive fleet proposition.

Read our review of the diesel Vauxhall Astra

The new car is built on parent company GM's D2 platform and is 49mm shorter, 26mm lower and has a 23mm shorter wheelbase than the car it replaces. Despite this, cabin space and comfort are improved. Benefitting from new materials and construction methods, the new Astra offers weight savings of between 120kg and 200kg over the current car.

Inside, the new Astra features a large touchscreen infotainment system, a multi-function steering wheel, and the same instrument cluster display already seen on the new Corsa. This infotainment system is the latest IntelliLink R 4.0, which Vauxhall says is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity systems. It is also the first all-new Vauxhall to feature the Onstar system, which offers features such as 24-hour emergency assistance, an in-car wi-fi hotspot and access to vehicle data through a smartphone app. It will also alert the emergency services if an airbag is deployed.

Vauxhall wants the new Astra to have more appeal to the fleet market, which has led to the push for more efficient engines and lower list prices, which both help reduce company car tax. 

The high-level of kit should make it an attractive prospect but Vauxhall feels there is a lot more to getting fleet managers on board than piling up the standard kit.

Vauxhall's emphasis on quality rather than pushing huge numbers of cars into the market. This in turn will allow the company to protect residual values and in turn, offer more favourable lease and finance deals.

The first clues to the look of the new Astra came with the Monza concept, unveiled at the Frankfurt show in September 2013. The shaped aluminium strip running from the roof and into each tail-light cluster is echoed in the final car, whose dark C-pillar trim is designed to give the car the look of having a floating roof panel.

There will be seven trim levels at launch in September, but even the most basic Design cars come with 16in alloy wheels, air-con, DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control as standard.

Fleet-focused Tech Line models add a larger touchscreen with sat-nav and a leather steering wheel for a £775 premium. Energy models are geared more towards consumers and get heated seats and steering wheel and 17in alloys, but no sat-nav. Prices start at £17,295.

SRi models are £970 cheaper than the previous generation equivalent, starting at £17,895. It is the cheapest model to get the OnStar 24hr emergency assistance system, wi-fi hotspot capabilities and smartphone app. It also gets a front camera system, sports seating, leather steering wheel and front foglights. A SRi Nav version adds the 8.0in touchscreen navigation system.

The top of the range Elite model pricing starts from £19,315 and offers a full-leather interior with 18-way adjustable front seats, folding mirrors and electronic climate control. It also has rear heated seats and an extra pair of USB sockets in the back. Again, a Nav version is available.

The new Astra gets all-new engine and transmission families for the new model, many of which have been seen in the recently launched Corsa.

The entry level unit is a 99bhp 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol unit which emits 124g/km, but the most interesting small engine option will be a new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. Good for 104bhp and 124lb ft of torque from well below 2000rpm, a version of the engine is already offered in both the Adam and the new Corsa.

The 1.4-litre turbo option Autocar has already driven provides 148bhp and 175lb ft and is estimated to return up to 55mpg with CO2 emissions of around 128g/km. A lower output 1.4-litre turbo rated at 124bhp will also be offered. The top petrol engine is a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine producing 197bhp which will be avaialble from January 2016. 

The 1.6-litre diesel models offer the greenest options. Both the 109bhp and 135bhp versions are available with automatic and manual gearbox options. The Ecoflex version emits just 82g/km and has a claimed economy figure of 91mpg. A higher output biturbo diesel will be offered in early 2016 on SRi and Elite trims only.

Just as important to the Astra is a new six-speed manual gearbox. In 2013, when GM announced the new 1.6-litre diesel engine, the company admitted that its real weak point was manual gearboxes, partly because the basic design principle dated from the 1970s. The new transmission is said to weigh just 37kg and puts an emphasis on smooth shifts and a short lever action. 

The new Astra made its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show and will be in showrooms ahead of its October launch. It will be built at the company’s plant at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, UK.

As well as a five-door hatchback, a new Sports Tourer estate car will join the range in early 2016.

The Astra GTC will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future because it is far earlier in its life cycle than the hatch and estate.

Read more:

2015 Vauxhall Astra prototype review

The seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra is put through its paces on the UK roads

New Astra to get hot GSi and VXR versions

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Astra 2009-2015
The Astra is now in its sixth incarnation, but it can trace its linage back to 1963's Viva

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best-looking hatchbacks, but average dynamics and performance hamper its overall appeal

Join the debate

Comments
44

25 June 2014

To my eyes, this car looks almost exactly like the current model in profile: I cannot see an obvious increase in length or the more upright tailgate mentioned in the piece. (I might have made similar observations after seeing "spy" photos of the upcoming Corsa, which looks like the current model with an Adam style grille and headlamps.) Maybe the differences will be in the styling details, but I cannot see this transforming perceptions of the car. IMHO, the current Astra is actually a handsome looking car, let down by indifferent dynamics and, even for potential customers who don't appreciate or care how it drives, Vauxhall's "vin ordinaire" image.

1 June 2015

Only in profile through half closed eyes does it look exactly the same. It looks far lighter and tauter than the current bloated version. Looks pretty good to me in fact. More interesting than a Golf or A3, far better resolved than the still messy Focus and more up-market than anything offered by the French or Koreans.

5 June 2015
rickerby wrote:

Only in profile through half closed eyes does it look exactly the same. It looks far lighter and tauter than the current bloated version. Looks pretty good to me in fact. More interesting than a Golf or A3, far better resolved than the still messy Focus and more up-market than anything offered by the French or Koreans.

Completely agree, to me it looks like it has a lot of Alfa influence. A strong Giulietta influence around the back.

17 June 2015
rickerby wrote:

Only in profile through half closed eyes does it look exactly the same. It looks far lighter and tauter than the current bloated version. Looks pretty good to me in fact. More interesting than a Golf or A3, far better resolved than the still messy Focus and more up-market than anything offered by the French or Koreans.

Thank you for your (forthright!) reply. You may not have noticed, but my comment was made a year ago, when only heavily disguised prototypes had been photographed. My eyesight and mental faculties are fine...

5 June 2015
Daniel Joseph wrote:

To my eyes, this car looks almost exactly like the current model in profile

Well it is a clear evolution of the current vehicle. To my eyes, it looks much sharper than the current vehicle, particularly at the rear.

Importantly, though, it is recognisably an Astra (the same way a Focus looks like a Focus).

I look forward to seeing what the 3-door looks like. Then, later on, seeing what the Americans do to turn it into a Buick.

25 June 2014

This new version of the Astra doesn't look much different to the current version. Slightly sleeker nose and a tailgate, which sort of reminds me of the civic.
I really hope it doesn't look anything like the new Corsa, which seems to be a complete mess.
Current Astra, GTC is a good looking car. Hopefully they are going down that route. The interior needs to be modernised and bought into the 20th century first. Reduce the switchgear, go with a large central touchscreens. We all want that.
They need this car to outperform BMW, Audi etc etc Make it a driver car first, put some passion in to it. I will help you design it for free!!!

1 June 2015

Have you bothered to actually read the article or look at the pictures? Before pontificating about what you think needs to be done look at what has been done.

17 June 2015
rickerby wrote:

Have you bothered to actually read the article or look at the pictures? Before pontificating about what you think needs to be done look at what has been done.

...but I'm not sure about yours. Check the date of Marcus1701's comment. I'm sure you'll get the hang of this, eventually.

26 June 2014

...in the same vein as the 'new' Corsa? It certainly looks that way. Not quite understanding this current strategy. If the underpinnings need to last a couple of generations, then fair enough. Even if they make it better to drive, the styling needs to look like an all-new car to remain competitive. Seems a bit foolhardy to me. Will the replacement for the Insignia go down the same route?

26 June 2014

If the Delta platform is "well regarded" as stated in the piece, how does this square with Autocar's verdict on the current model that the dynamics are merely "average"? I suppose it's still possible that Vauxhall / Opel could surprise us with the sort of dynamic improvements Ford achieved on the Fiesta and Escort in 1995.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    9 December 2016
    Audi Sport drops a sub-4.0sec-to-60mph bomb into Porsche Cayman territory
  • First Drive
    9 December 2016
    Plug-in-hybrid 3 Series shows the benefit of BMW's experience with the i3 and i8. Sophisticated, swift and broadly talented to drive – and sweet-handing, too
  • Car review
    9 December 2016
    Italian brand emerges as a true luxury power with a large SUV
  • 2016 Porsche Panamera Turbo
    First Drive
    8 December 2016
    A smaller engine doesn't prevent the new Porsche Panamera Turbo being a ridiculously quick and capable sporting GT. We've driven it in the UK
  • 2016 Vauxhall Adam 1.0i Turbo Unlimited
    First Drive
    8 December 2016
    The 1.0-litre turbo engine and Unlimited trim combine to make this the best Adam in the line-up