The Vauxhall Astra is never far from a slot in the UK best-sellers list, but has never come in for much critical acclaim. This fact clearly spurred Vauxhall into action for this latest version, for which the designers clearly pulled out all the stops.
There are three petrol and three diesel engines available, all of which are turbocharged. The entry-level is a 1.0-litre petrol with 104bhp, which returns over 64mpg while still accelerating from 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds. Its low 102g/km CO2 emissions make it an attractive choice for business users, too.
The quality of some interior materials might not topple the VW Golf, but the Astra’s dashboard feels much more contemporary and logical than the previous model and the standard ‘IntelliLink’ infotainment system gives in-car technology a real boost, with far fewer fiddly buttons than in previous Astras. There’s plenty of interior space, too; boot capacity is only 10 litres shy of the VW Golf.
At the 2016 Car Tech Awards, the Astra came top in the best-self parking system and best safety innovation categories for cars unde £25,000.
As a conclusion,the Vauxhall Astra has powerful and frugal engines, lots of technology and is good to drive.
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