Vauxhall says Astra is "more dynamic" than a Golf; flagship to cost £23,695
16 September 2009

Vauxhall has pitched its range-topping Astra diesel against premium oil burning versions of the VW Golf, Audi A3 and BMW 1-series. The new Astra was officially launched today at the Frankfurt motor show.

Read our review of the latest Vauxhall Astra hatch.

There will also be a range of hi-tech options including FlexRide chassis, adaptive headlights, Opel Eye (speed limit sign recognition and relay), and a bike rack similar to that on the Corsa.

The new Astra has gone on sale and the loaded 158bhp 2.0 CDTi Elite Auto costs £23,695. This compares to £22,515 for the A3 2.0 TDI 170 S Line, although an auto box would be extra.

Design boss Mark Adams told Autocar that the car's key rival would be the VW Golf. "But the Astra is more dynamic and emotional than the Golf," he says. "It's more youthful and fashionable too."

The entry-level 1.4-litre 85bhp Exclusiv Astra costs £15,675, just £270 more than the outgoing base model. The SRi 1.4i Turbo, with its new-to-range engine, is just £10 more than the current un-blown SRi 1.8-litre petrol, yet has the same power with lower emissions.

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Britain’s Ellesmere Port factory will be responsible for manufacturing all Astras sold across Europe, but UK buyers will get 25 per cent of total production.

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15 September 2009

Nearly 24 grand for an astra?

Worlds gone mad!!!

15 September 2009

You're not wrong rosstopher!

24 grand for that...little wonder the company is up *hit creek without a paddle

15 September 2009

[quote Autocar] "But the Astra is more dynamic and emotional than the Golf, we hope,"[/quote] You hope? Are you not sure? Nice bit of confidence in your new car!

15 September 2009

[quote rosstopher]Nearly 24 grand for an astra?[/quote] And an auto diesel one at that! I do like the look of the new astra, and hope, for the sake of the jobs of those who build it, that it does well. Time will tell

15 September 2009

the company is fuelled on belief rather than product and realistic sales position.

15 September 2009

Just think of the residuals if you bought the top of the range car. They'd be ASTRAnomical... Thank you, I'm here all day...

15 September 2009

But, but, but....

"The entry-level 1.4-litre 85bhp Exclusiv Astra costs £15,675"

The thick end of 16 grand for a base model? The world really has gone mad!!

15 September 2009

Design boss Mark Adams told Autocar that the car's key rival would be the VW Golf. "But the Astra is more dynamic and emotional than the Golf, we hope," he says. "more youthful and fashionable too L0L, i love this quote. I am sorry Mr Mark Adams to be burst your bubble your new Astra does not look youthful, and it carries the horrible vaxuhall badge this is not a what a young person calls fashionable. Its called UNCOOL!!!

Mr Adams I can give you a young persons view right now, the new Astra does not look youthful and it is not fashionable because its Astra. Looks like you need to hit the design board again.

Its a good thing he said "we hope" because thats all you can do with this new Astra, no matter how good this car may be it won't be able to touch the golf in the eyes of the youthful crowd.

15 September 2009

[quote Spudski]

But, but, but....

"The entry-level 1.4-litre 85bhp Exclusiv Astra costs £15,675"

The thick end of 16 grand for a base model? The world really has gone mad!!

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Especially since a base focus is £1k less, and a base Golf is £1,600 less........

15 September 2009

Not impressed by the styling, its boring, conformist, not youthful at all... how true is the advert "like a golf". Like a lot of other new cars it looks like they've taken big chunks of other cars and stuck a different badge on the front. maybe the 3 door will be better

However I hope it sells well with it being built here!

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Is it seventh time lucky for the British-built Vauxhall Astra, as it takes the fight to the Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia for hatchback supremacy

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