Ford Focus rival has been brought into line with Vauxhall's latest models with overhauled engines and new features
29 July 2019

Vauxhall has revealed prices and specification details for its revised Astra, which will be available to order from £18,885 on 1 August. 

Launched in 2015, the current Astra is one of the older models in Vauxhall’s line-up, meaning it was designed and engineered under General Motors ownership before the brand was taken over by the PSA Group. It's not possible to install the French firm's engines in the car's platform, so separate units bespoke to the Astra have been brought in.

The overhauled range kicks off with a three-cylinder 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine in 108bhp, 128bhp and 143bhp forms. The first variant makes 143lb ft of torque, while the latter two put out 166lb ft. All are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and achieve between 51.4mpg and 54.3mpg on the WLTP test cycle.

Also available - and not from the usual PSA stable - is a 1.4-litre three-cylinder also putting out 143bhp, but with torque up to 174lb ft, mated exclusively to a seven-step CVT automatic transmission. The diesels are 1.5-litre units making 103bhp and 119bhp. They come mated to a six-speed manual or new nine-speed automatic gearbox, with the most frugal variant officially getting up to 64.2mpg.

The range opens at £18,885 for SE trim, with a choice of all three engines and transmissions. SE prices rise to £21,985 for a car equipped with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and the nine-speed automatic gearbox. 

The Astra hatchback can be specified in six further trim levels, with prices ranging from £19,585 for Business Edition Nav to £29,310 for range-topping Ultimate Nav trim with a 1.5-litre diesel engine and automatic gearbox. 

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The Astra Sports Tourer estate is available from £20,355 for SE trim with the 1.2-litre petrol engine, rising to £26,920 for a 1.5-litre diesel in SRi Nav trim.  

Entry-level trim comes equipped as standard with 16in alloy wheels, a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, air conditioning, cruise control and tinted windows. Business Edition Nav trim adds an adjustable armrest, while SRi gains a front camera system and 17in wheels. 

The list of standard equipment is much longer on pricier models, with sports front seats, LED headlights and an alarm fitted from mid-range SRi Nav upwards. Top-spec Ultimate Nav gains leather seats, a Bose sound system, a heated windscreen, wireless smartphone charging and a parking assist package. 

Across the range, there are mild exterior upgrades aimed at improving aerodynamic performance, including a new engine cover, a grille with automatic shutters and “underbody optimisation”. 

The interior upgrades are focused on improving available kit rather than visual changes. The three new infotainment systems, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are said to be smarter, faster and more intuitive. 

Safety kit has improved, too, with a new digital front camera allowing greater recognition of hazards and pedestrian detection for the automatic emergency braking system, while the traffic sign recognition system is enhanced. 

Deliveries of the revised Ford Focus rival are set to begin in November.

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3 July 2019

Limited choice, are you sure Autocar. This now means there's no 4 pot petrol Astra available only a 1.2 and 1.4 3 pot

Even if Autocar have got it wrong does this mean the biggest manual petrol is now a 1.2 :- thanks for nothing PSA.

29 July 2019

‘What’s our new range-topping trim called?’

’Ultimate. You can’t go higher than that.’

’Sure, but above that?’

’Er, Ultimate Nav?’

’Great brainstorm session today guys!’

30 July 2019
scrap wrote:

‘What’s our new range-topping trim called?’

’Ultimate. You can’t go higher than that.’

’Sure, but above that?’

’Er, Ultimate Nav?’

’Great brainstorm session today guys!’

Hehehe!

Very good!

29 July 2019
xxxx wrote:

Limited choice, are you sure Autocar. This now means there's no 4 pot petrol Astra available only a 1.2 and 1.4 3 pot

Even if Autocar have got it wrong does this mean the biggest manual petrol is now a 1.2 :- thanks for nothing PSA.

 

Try to concentrate on more important stuff, cylinder count is as important to Astra drivers as BMW say rear wheel drive recognition is to their cars.

 

What actually does the biggest manual mean?. If this is SO important, why have you not in this post criticised Ford for using 1.0l engines, which although are not the "largest" in terms of cc, still overwhelmingly represent the most popular engine size with buyers"?.

30 July 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Limited choice, are you sure Autocar. This now means there's no 4 pot petrol Astra available only a 1.2 and 1.4 3 pot

Even if Autocar have got it wrong does this mean the biggest manual petrol is now a 1.2 :- thanks for nothing PSA.

 

Try to concentrate on more important stuff, cylinder count is as important to Astra drivers as BMW say rear wheel drive recognition is to their cars.

 

What actually does the biggest manual mean?. If this is SO important, why have you not in this post criticised Ford for using 1.0l engines, which although are not the "largest" in terms of cc, still overwhelmingly represent the most popular engine size with buyers"?.

In my opinion the engine is important, feel free to concentrate/post on the stero or what ever interests you.   'biggest manual mean?' read it in context and you don't have to be an engineer to understand (which is just as well in your case).

 And yes I have mentioned FORD using the 1.0 triple in the Mondeo etc so climb down off high horse.

3 July 2019

I know this doesn't bode well for Ellesmere Port but whilst I see many many new Focus's, I'm not sure I've seen a 19 plate Astra on the road. I've just had a look at top 10 best selling cars in UK for 2019 and there is no mention of the Astra. I can't remember Astra ever being outside the UK top 10.

Unfortuantely I'm driving a rental car at the moment, but when collecting it I did notice the lack of Astras, a car that used to dominate this sector. If the rental firms are no longer buying, what future does the Astra have?

4 July 2019
scotty5 wrote:

I know this doesn't bode well for Ellesmere Port but whilst I see many many new Focus's, I'm not sure I've seen a 19 plate Astra on the road. I've just had a look at top 10 best selling cars in UK for 2019 and there is no mention of the Astra. I can't remember Astra ever being outside the UK top 10.

Unfortuantely I'm driving a rental car at the moment, but when collecting it I did notice the lack of Astras, a car that used to dominate this sector. If the rental firms are no longer buying, what future does the Astra have?

I think they've moved a way from car rental work, Scotty. It's the usual case; they're better off selling fewer cars at a higher margin. 

3 July 2019

Vauxhall could have gone a lot further with this update - the exterior styling has always been underwhelming to my eyes and would have benefited from a more substantial upgrade. Instead PSA have focused on ways to cut costs by dropping their own engines in. Not necessarily a bad thing as the PSA units are good but as the existing Astra engines were also good, I'm unsure whether this will help sales.

3 July 2019
Will86 wrote:

Vauxhall could have gone a lot further with this update - the exterior styling has always been underwhelming to my eyes and would have benefited from a more substantial upgrade. Instead PSA have focused on ways to cut costs by dropping their own engines in. Not necessarily a bad thing as the PSA units are good but as the existing Astra engines were also good, I'm unsure whether this will help sales.

The Pug diesel engines are a lot better than the old GM ones, shame people are moving away from them.  

Having driven Astras for over 20 years now they have gone from terrible to pretty good as A to B cars, certainly the interior is better now than the Focus we hired which has lost it's exterior design focus years back.  

More interested with the new Corsa, looks like it might be better than the Fiesta and Polo etc.

29 July 2019

But at four years into the car’s life cycle it wouldn’t have been worth a ‘substantial upgrade’ given that the PSA group will have an all new car out in a couple of years !

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