What is it?
We like the new Vauxhall Astra. It’s the first in GM’s stable to use the all-new D2XX chassis, which has moved it on hugely from the previous generation car. There's a lot more room inside, and the use of high-strength steel has helped it shed weight and in doing so improved its handling and ride.
Until now we’ve tested more mainstream diesels and efficient petrol versions, so the 1.6i Turbo 200 is something a little different. For now, it’s the fastest model in the range, using a new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 197bhp and 221lb ft of torque to give proper pace: 0-60mph flashes past in 6.6sec, and its top speed is close to 150mph.
The 1.6i Turbo 200 costs a very reasonable £21,855 in top-spec Elite Nav trim - it offers ballpark Ford Focus ST and Skoda Octavia vRS levels of performance, but for considerably less money. It comes with luxury trinkets, such as an 8.0in touchscreen, a sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB, leather, heated seats front and rear and a heated steering wheel as standard.
Read our review of the latest Vauxhall Astra hatch here./car-review/vauxhall/Vauxhall Astra