Full price, engine and spec details of the new Vauxhall Astra
29 September 2009

Vauxhall has released full details of the new Astra, which has now gone on sale in the UK.

A range of eight engines and five trim levels will be offered on the five-door Astra available at launch. The five-door model will be exclusively built at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, with deliveries of the first cars to customers expected in December.

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Vauxhall design boss Mark Adams previously told Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show 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, £270 more than the outgoing base model. The top-of-the-range 158bhp 2.0 CDTi Elite Auto costs £23,695.

Vauxhall claims there is an average drop in CO2 emissions across the range compared to the outgoing one by 13.3 per cent.

Diesel models are expected to make up half of sales and they range from a 1.7-litre producing 108bhp, to a 158bhp 2.0-litre unit. Mated to a manual ‘box, the diesel Astra never emits more than 129g/km of CO2.

An ecoFLEX model will arrive in spring 2010, which will be equipped with a 1.3-litre CDTi engine with CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

Of the five petrol engines in the range, one is all new – the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged unit. This will replace the 1.8-litre unit and is part of Vauxhall’s plans to downsize to lower emissions engines without any loss of power.

To improve the handling and boost interior space, the new Astra’s front and rear tracks have been increased by 56mm and 70mm respectively, while its wheelbase has been increased by 71mm.

Vauxhall’s engineers have taken a novel approach to the traditional torsion beam rear end by using a Watt’s linkage, which helps to increase the overall stiffness of the suspension and improves the handling.

That means the big mounting bushes that connect the beam to the car are softer and more compliant than usual. This has the added effect of cutting noise and increasing comfort.

Following on from the Insignia, Vauxhall has also added a range of new technological features to the new Astra. Its Advanced Forward Lighting system is an option, which adjusts the lighting to suit the road conditions.

A six-way adjustable driver’s seat is available on all trim levels, while a FlexFloor system features in the boot to increase its loading capacity. An optional Flex-Fix system is available at the rear, which pulls out of the bumper to provide storage for two bikes.

Andy Gilson, Vauxhall’s marketing director, said: “As with the Insignia, the Astra is an all-new car, continuing the transformation of the Vauxhall product range which started five years ago with the launch of the Mk 5 model.

“Also like the Insignia, the Astra aims to attract a new group of buyers, those who may never have considered a Vauxhall before, but now see cars like the new Astra as offering all the style and quality of a premium product, such as an Audi A3, but at a far more affordable price point.”

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29 September 2009

Looks smart, if a little predictable.

Is it as big as a Cavalier yet?

29 September 2009

Wow - dark grey against a grey sky - how exciting - looked more interesting in these photos:

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/232162/

29 September 2009

I thought cars were supposed to evolve?, this is just more dreary Vauxhall visually, it may drive better, but we usually start liking a car by the way it looks, this car is no looker y a long way,plus, don't you think that cars are starting to look the same anyway?, that we the car buyers just accept that?

Peter Cavellini.

29 September 2009

I looks ok but it's a little bit derivative (I prefer the current Astra) and I suspect that it may date quickly.

The Astra in the photos is an Elite model which will list at not far of £25k. Who says car manufacturers don't have a sense of humour.

29 September 2009

This looks really bland and anonymous. Not ugly as such, just boring – it's what you'd have expected from Hyundai or Proton in the late nineties. The outgoing Astra, especially the three door, is a genuinely good looking car, and to my eyes this is a step back.


The interior is a different story though – it continues the premium look they started with the insignia; very nice.

29 September 2009

[quote Lee23404]The Astra in the photos is an Elite model which will list at not far of £25k. Who says car manufacturers don't have a sense of humour.[/quote]

No doubt, they even dare to call the enrty level model Exclusiv.

Design is definitely a fine effort from Opel/Vauxhall considering its past, but it lacks character and the chrome window frame at the side seem out of place on such a car. Well, it is as generic as its intended position:

"“Also like the Insignia, the Astra aims to attract a new group of buyers, those who may never have considered a Vauxhall before, but now see cars like the new Astra as offering all the style and quality of a premium product, such as an Audi A3, but at a far more affordable price point.”"

29 September 2009

[quote phenergn]

This looks really bland and anonymous. Not ugly as such, just boring – it's what you'd have expected from Hyundai or Proton in the late nineties. The outgoing Astra, especially the three door, is a genuinely good looking car, and to my eyes this is a step back.


The interior is a different story though – it continues the premium look they started with the insignia; very nice.

[/quote]

Yes, outside its just a stretched Corsa to my eyes, so i hope the 3 door is much better. But inside looks good.

I cant see this challenging the golf unless its MUCH cheaper. And we know in the first road test we will be told what a step forward from the current Astra it is, but it still doesnt drive as well as a Focus, or to a lesser extent, a Golf.

But as they only make 5 door Astras in the UK i hope i am wrong, and it sells very well.

29 September 2009

missed opportunity to move the game on and challenge the dominance of the Golf and Focus.bland is an understatement!!!!

29 September 2009

Even though still a nice looking small car, it would have been a very nice looking small car had it had Insignia's front, and I would have called it poor man's Bentley.

29 September 2009

So the list price of the Astra is €600 cheaper that the Golf on the continent, but actually more expensive than the Golf here?

Let me get this straight... The Vauxhall Astra is more expensive than a Golf. Amazing.


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