Fitted with the Assistance pack which includes: Forward collision warning, Traffic sign recognition, City emergency braking, Following distance indicator and Lane departure warning with lane assist. Other spec includes: Parking sensors, Mobile app interface, Bluetooth and DAB radio. Interlink 7' screen, Hill hold assist, Vauxhall Onstar, and Sports switch. Cruise control, LED day time running lights and Trailer stability programme. *Demonstration model - Mileage subject to change*
Diesel 62.8 combined MPG
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This Astra is a Lovely car, with high mpg - averaging over 60mpg! and is an automatic with Intellilink.
CO2: 119 g/km
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Electric front/rear windows/one touch facility, Heated rear screen with timed cut off, Intermittent rear wash/wipe, Rain sensor windscreen wipers, Side window demist vents, Solar heat absorbing windscreen, Tinted windows, Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe, Windscreen demist vents
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Programme, Hill start assist
Fully carpeted load area
Cruise control + speed limiter, Electric speed sensitive power steering
Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information, Digital fuel gauge with low fuel warning light, Digital water temperature gauge with warning light, Facia mounted Sport switch, Gearshft up/down indication light, Left Key in ignition audible warning, Lights on audible warning, Monochrome display in instrument cluster, Multi function trip computer, Oil life monitoring system, Rev counter, Service due indicator, Speedometer
Body coloured door mirrors, Dipping rear view mirror, Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Black facia with piano black trim inserts, Instrument panel bar in piano black, Piano black trim inserts on front doors, Silver air vent surrounds
6 speakers, R4 Intellilink infotainment with 7" screen, DAB, traffic program, USB/iPod, Bluetooth audio streaming A2DP, microphone and Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Exterior Body Features
Body colour door handles, Body colour rear roof spoiler, Chrome effect upper window trim, Chrome front grille, Chrome headlight surround, Gloss black finish B pillar, Gloss black finish C pillar
Adaptive brake lights, Door to door illumination, Front fog lights, Hazard warning lamps, High level LED centre rear brake light, LED daytime running lights, LED side repeat indicators, Rear fog lights, Reversing light, Tunnel detection for auto light control
Four adjustable facia vents
12V electrical accessory socket in front, 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel with accent stitching, Black door panels with black atlantis cloth inserts, Chrome interior door handles, Driver and front passenger sunvisors, Folding storage box on driver side lower facia, Four load restraint lashing eyes, Front and rear door pockets, Front centre armrest with storage, Glovebox with lid, Interior tailgate handle, Luggage compartment cover, Plain black fabric side bolsters and surrounds, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Satin chrome effect bezel on steering wheel, Storage compartment in centre console, Titanium headlining, Twin gas assisted tailgate struts, Two drink holders in centre console
Ambient LED downlighter in facia/centre console, Fade up/down courtesy light, Front courtesy lights, Front red LED ambient lighting, Illuminated load area, Rear courtesy lights, Twin front reading lights with illuminated switches, Twin rear reading lights with illuminated switches
Driver's ergonomic active seat pack with Formula cloth upholstery- Astra, Driving assistance pack 1 - Astra
3x3 point rear seatbelts, Child locks on rear doors, Height adjustable front seatbelts, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Pedal release system, Seatbelt pretensioners on front/outer rear seats, Seatbelt warning, Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags, Tyre pressure monitoring system
60/40 split folding rear seat, Front head restraints, Front seat back storage pockets, Height adjustable and removable rear head restraints (x3), Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
Electronically protected audio, Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks, Freewheeling door locks, Locking wheel bolts, Remote control central locking, Remote control ultrasonic security alarm system, Visible vehicle identification number
Driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirror with flip up covers
|Badge Engine CC:||1.6|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||CDTi 16V 136|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||15E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||6|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||1|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||86|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||84|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||5|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||83|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||75|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||20000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||72|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||100000|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||79.7|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||80.1|
|Engine Layout:||FRONT TRANSVERSE|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||58.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||68.9|
|EC Urban (mpg):||47.1|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max:||5.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min:||5.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max:||5.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min:||5.6|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max:||5|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min:||4.7|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max:||8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min:||7.8|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max:||5.7|
|WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min:||5.5|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max:||48.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min:||52.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max:||48.7|
|WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min:||50.4|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Max:||56.5|
|WLTP - MPG - High - Min:||60.1|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Max:||35.3|
|WLTP - MPG - Low - Min:||36.2|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max:||49.6|
|WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min:||51.4|
|0 to 60 mph (secs):||True|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||9.4|
|Engine Power - BHP:||136|
|Engine Power - KW:||100|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||236|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||32.6|
|Engine Torque - NM:||320|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||2000|
|Emissions Test Cycle:||NEDC Correlated|
|Tyre Size Front:||225/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Rear:||225/45 R17|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||5 TWIN SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||17" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||N|
|Width (including mirrors):||2042|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||48|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||1900|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1210|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||370|
|Max. Loading Weight:||611|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||1700|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||650|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.5|
Vauxhall is aiming to acheve big things with the seventh generation Astra. It's aiming directly at eroding the market share of its Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf arch-rivals. Car & Driving's experts check it out.
The seventh generation version of Vauxhall's Astra family hatch manages to be better equipped, more efficient and more spacious than its predecessor, plus it offers a worthwhile engine range that now includes an efficient little 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol unit. Think that sounds promising? Then like us, you might think that this could be an extremely tough rival for segment-leading Golf and Focus models.
Despite Vauxhall's best efforts over more than three decades and six different generations, their Astra has rarely been the family hatchback its drivers would ideally have chosen to own. Not because it's ever been a bad car: just never a class-leading one. The kind of model you bought because it was good value. Or more likely, because you were given the keys by your company Fleet Manager. This seventh generation version was designed to do better - and the signs are that it might. As you may expect, it's smarter-looking, but more importantly, it's also up to 200kgs lighter than before, so the most frugal variant can manage over 90mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 82g/km. There's plenty of technology too, including 1.0-litre three cylinder technology, the clever OnStar system - and the Intellilink infotainment packages. Best of all perhaps, this car offers higher interior quality and claims to be sharper to drive. That's important. Manufacturers selling family hatchbacks of this kind are usually torn between trying to match the quality and comfort of a Volkswagen Golf or the sharp handling of a Ford Focus. Most end up with a compromise between the two that leaves these impressive class leaders untroubled. With this car, the GM designers claim to have done better - but have they? Let's find out.
The engineers created a completely fresh platform for this MK7 model Astra but it isn't one featuring the multi-link rear suspension set-up that does so much to make a rival Ford Focus ride and handle so sweetly. The downside of that kind of arrangement lies not only in its cost but also in the way it intrudes on bootspace (which is why a Focus' boot is so relatively small). Hence the decision with this Astra to stick with the previous model's relatively simple torsion beam rear suspension system, a set-up enhanced with a so-called 'Watts linkage' feature to improve cornering stability. The engine range though, is very different. True, there's still the option of the old normally aspirated 100PS 1.4 litre petrol unit at the foot of the range but it's the new turbocharged engines that are of most interest. The 105PS 1.0-litre three cylinder unit from the Corsa and ADAM offers marginally more power but a whole heap more torque that'll make for much easier progress. Moving up the petrol range, there are 125PS and 150PS version of a direct injection 1.4 litre four cylinder turbo, plus you can ask your dealer about a 1.6-litre 200PS version of this engine too. Most Astra buyers though, are probably going to want a diesel. The old 1.3, 1.7 and 2.0-litre CDTi units have been pensioned off and in their place sits the quieter, torquier 1.6-litre CDTi diesel, offered here with either 110 or 136PS in mainstream form or with as much as 160PS in BiTurbo form at the top of the range. Both petrols and diesels should benefit from a new six speed gearbox that should make for sweeter shifts.
You know at first glance that this is a Vauxhall thanks to the latest take on the corporate grille, now flowing into headlights which come with the option of full LED technology. There's also the familiar 'blade' graphic stamped into the side of the body and rear lights that now spread into the tailgate like the smaller Corsa. Another nice touch is the 'floating' roof, an effect created by a dark trim on the C-pillar and highlighted by a chrome strip that runs the length of the roof. Underneath, the bodyshell of the Astra is 77kgs lighter than before, thanks to smaller dimensions and more high strength steels which contribute to weight savings over the previous model of between 120 and 200kg. Inside, despite the reduction in exterior size, you get an additional 35mm of rear legroom compared to the previous generation model. Move up-front and there's the expected smarter fascia with splashes of chrome and the expected standard touchscreen infotainment screen that as usual reduces dashboard button clutter. For the first time, the General Motors 'OnStar' system is available, the set-up providing an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, 24/7 assistance from a dedicated service team and the ability to call the emergency services if the airbags deploy.
Prices start from just over £16,500 and range up to around £25,000 and there's the usual mainstream bodystyle choice of five-door hatch and estate. The MK6 model-based GTC coupe continues on in its older form. With the latest generation hatch and estate, there are five main trim levels - 'Design', 'Tech Line', 'Energy', 'SRi' and 'Elite', with 'Nav' versions of the top two grades. Just over £16,500 will get you into the entry level 'Design' model with base 1.4-litre petrol power. Spend less than £700 more and you'll get the infinitely better 1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged engine in the Start/Stop ecoFLEX model. Diesel variants start around £18,000 and get the much quieter 1.6-litre CDTi engine. And equipment? Well, if you opt for base 'Design' trim, you get 16" alloy wheels, air conditioning, a DAB stereo with Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay compatibility, cruise control and all round power mirrors and windows. Business users will be interested in the 'Tech Line' trim that adds sat nav and a leather steering wheel. 'Energy' models lose the sat nav but gain bigger 17" alloys along with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Move up to the 'SRi' grade and you get sportier wheels, a driver assistance pack, sports seats and the OnStar system that will offer help in an emergency. Top 'Elite' models gain leather electric seats that are heated front and rear, climate control and a few other luxury items. Safety kit available on plusher models or as an option includes a 'Traffic Sign Assistant' that displays traffic signs on the dash as you pass them, a 'Lane Keep Assist' system, plus a 'Forward Collision Alert' set-up with auto braking.
Put simply, you're not going to find an Astra that's going to cost you a huge amount to run. Even the 1.4 petrol turbo is likely to return around 50mpg with a light right foot, while of course the 1.6-litre CDTi diesels will manage much more. The 1.0 three cylinder petrol model manages 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 102g/km of CO2. If operating costs are your biggest worry then step forward the 1.6 litre CDTi 110PS diesel ecoFLEX model, a car capable of 91.1mpg on the combined cycle while emitting only 82g/km of CO2. Sadly Vauxhall have dropped their 100,000 mile 'lifetime' warranty and now offer a standard three year 60,000 mile effort; the industry standard in other words. Residuals may be marginally improved by a promised extra focus on quality - we'll wait and see on that. As usual, you can help yourself in terms of model depreciation by exercising a little restraint when it comes to ticking boxes on the options list. It's very easy here to get up towards a £25,000 car without too much effort. Stick to the essentials that will make the vehicle more appealing to its potential second owner and you shouldn't do too badly.
In a family hatchback class stuffed with appealing options, it would be easy perhaps to overlook this seventh generation Astra - or at least to assume it to be an also-ran in this tightly-fought segment. You shouldn't do that - and it isn't. Or at least it isn't if you choose your engine and spec carefully. The really desirable and efficient variants may well require you to negotiate a sharp deal with your local Vauxhall showroom to keep within budget, but such is the value emphasis in today's Griffin brand network that you're pretty likely to be able to do that. And assuming that you do, you'll get yourself a car that feels quite up to the challenge posed by an army of efficient, plush and dynamically able rivals. Of course the MK7 model improvements have helped enormously here - the smarter look, the more efficient engines, the extra hi-tech features. Best of all, it's mainly British, with hatch and estate models built at Ellesmere Port near Liverpool to a quality at least as high as anything the Japanese brands can manage. That reason alone might be enough to give this car a place on your family hatchback shortlist. Fortunately for Vauxhall, there are also many others.
Vauxhall's much improved seventh generation Astra family hatch takes some beating. June Neary checks it out..
Golf, Focus, Astra: these are three of the car names that UK motorists know best, primarily because they are attached to three of the cars that UK motorists buy most. They're family hatchbacks and along with the likes of SEAT's Leon, Peugeot's 308, Renault's Megane, Toyota's Auris and quite a few others, they fight it out for sales in one of the most competitive car market sectors there is. The problem for us car buyers is which one to choose and Vauxhall is confident it has the answer in the shape of its latest seventh generation Astra. I've got to admit that the Astra has sometimes left me cold over the years. Yes it was always good value but sometimes you want more. In its recent incarnations, that's what Vauxhall's star performer has started to deliver, this MK7 model being smarter, lighter, cleverer and more efficient than before. It may look similar to the previous version, but don't be deceived: much has changed here. Once merely an ordinary family hatch, this model line is now making some extraordinary claims for your attention if you're in the market for a car of this kind.
At the wheel, the previous forgettable rental car-style cabin is here replaced by a cleaner, simpler, smarter and more interesting design that some premium brands could even learn from. It certainly seems to have been well screwed together by the Ellesmere Port factory near Liverpool. The characteristic fascia element is what Vauxhall refers to as a 'blade'-style panel that stretches right across the cabin trimmed in piano black with a neat chromed edging. From a practicality perspective, this Astra is usefully bigger than most family hatchbacks, with plenty of space for a couple of six-footers in the back so long as the front seats aren't right back on their runners. There's even an abundance of headroom back there, despite the car's plunging roofline. That means getting kids and childseats in and out is that much easier. In the boot, a bigger 370-litre capacity reveals itself. If you need more room, then pushing forward the 60:40 split-folding rear bench frees up 1,210-litres, around 200-litres more than Vauxhall's supposedly larger Insignia model. Vauxhall wanted the Astra to feel special from the driver's seat and by family hatchback standards, it does. Dominating the dash is a beautifully integrated Intellilink infotainment touchscreen that comes in 7 or 8-inch sizes, features smartphone-style 'pinch-and-swipe' functionality and better presents a whole range of functions that on the previous model had to be dealt with by rows of complicated little buttons. The screen is compatible with the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, via which you can duplicate the functionality of your smartphone handset onto the Intellilink display. My favourite feature on this Astra though, is the one your dealer will be keenest to tell you about - the 'OnStar' personal connectivity and service assistant. This set-up's standard on top SRi and Elite variants, or you can get it as a £400 option lower down the range: either way, I was impressed with the way it makes your motoring life easier and safer. A blue button in the roof behind the rear view mirror connects you to a personal assistant who'll be there 24/7 for just about any journeying query you might have. You simply ask a question - 'where is the McDonalds in the next town?' for example - and you'll get verbal directions or better, if you have sat nav fitted, there'll be an instant destination download straight to your car. OnStar also turns your Astra into a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot. And, more importantly, it'll automatically call the emergency services with your GPS location if the airbags deploy. The system also includes a vehicle tracking system that can automatically disable the car if someone steals it, then pinpoint its location. Should such a theft take place, you simply contact OnStar using a downloadable 'MyVauxhall' smartphone app that if necessary, you can also use to access important vehicle data and remotely lock or unlock your car. For me, this whole set-up's a major Astra selling point.
Put the Astra through its paces on the road and it's hard not to come away impressed. Reducing this seventh generation model's weight by up to 200kgs has had a significant effect on the way this car drives. It's still no Ford Focus but it now soaks up bumps better and turns into the bends more easily, aided by a stiffer chassis and torque vectoring that helps with cornering traction. As before, this Vauxhall does without the kind of independent rear suspension system you'd find on a rival Ford Focus, instead favouring a neat Watts linkage system that claims to reduce sideways motion between the axle and the body of the car as you go through the corners. Under the bonnet, those in search of petrol power have an up-to the-minute range of options. We'd suggest you bypass the most affordable 100PS 1.4-litre engine in favour of the lighter, more responsive and much more efficient 105PS 1.0-litre ECOTEC turbo three cylinder unit. If you need more power, there are a couple of 1.4-litre Turbo powerplants offering 125 or 150PS, plus a top 200PS 1.6 Turbo option. Diesel drivers get Vauxhall's refined 1.6-litre CDTi 'whisper diesel' unit with a choice of three power outputs - 110, 136 or 160PS. The 110PS ecoFLEX variant delivers class-leading efficiency figures - 91.2mpg on the combined cycle and 82g/km of CO2.
List prices have been adjusted for a little extra affordability this time round and that means you'll be paying from just over £15,000 to around £24,000 for mainstream versions of this Astra. The range is based around this five-door hatchback bodystyle, but if you want a bit more versatility, then there's the option of finding a price premium of around £1,000 for the Sports Tourer estate version. From launch, hatch and estate derivatives are being sold alongside the pretty Astra GTC coupe, but that car remains based on the previous sixth generation Astra model. At the affordable end of the petrol line-up, it's well worth trying to find the £700 premium Vauxhall asks to graduate from the entry-level 1.4-litre 100PS unit to the far more responsive and efficient three cylinder 1.0-litre powerplant. Want a diesel? Well there are no duffers in the Astra black pump line-up any more - even the base 110PS 1.6-litre CDTi unit (priced from around £17,000) is impressive. Most buyers though, pay the necessary premium (around £700) to get themselves this engine in pokier 136PS guise - the variant I tried. Conventional automatic transmission is only available on the 150PS 1.4-litre petrol Turbo model or the 136PS version of the 1.6-litre CDTi diesel - for a premium of around £1,300 over the manual variant. However, at the bottom of the range, you can get a simpler 'Easytronic' set-up - essentially a manual gearbox without a clutch - on the 1.0-litre petrol engine for a premium of just £400.
If you were slightly put off the Vauxhall Astra by the dull but worth versions of a few years back, it's definitely time to reacquaint yourself with this famous family hatch. The sixth generation Astra impressed and this smarter seventh generation car is a big stride forwards again. It's not as sharp as a Focus to drive, but to be frank, I don't really care about that and I don't think many other family hatch buyers will either. More relevant is the fact that in terms of comfort and refinement, this Vauxhall is now just about at the head of this highly competitive class. Plus the OnStar connectivity system simplifies your motoring life. In short, there's not much not to like.
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