Astra gets world's most subtle facelift
17 November 2006

No we aren't making this up - this really is the facelifted Vauxhall Astra, which arrives in January.

Apart from super-subtle visual changes, the Astra is also getting two new engines.

On the outside, there's a revised front bumper, extra chrome detailing on the grille and new front and rear light lenses. Inside, customers will get the choice between a piano black or matt chrome finish.

A new 178bhp, 1.6-litre turbo engine replaces the current 168bhp, 2.0-litre unit. Priced from £18,200, the smaller capacity four-pot takes 7.8 seconds to reach 60mph from rest, has a top speed of 137mph, a combined fuel economy figure of 36.7mpg and a CO2 emissions figure of 185g/km, bettering the outgoing model in every area.

The current 1.6-litre Twinport engine is also heavily revised to increase power from 104bhp to 113bhp. The 0-60mph sprint now takes 10.9 seconds (up from 11.5sec), and the top speed goes up from 115mph to 119mph. It will cost from £13,515.

Prices on all other models across the range increase by £15.

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