Vauxhall Astra (2009 – 2015) Review
Vauxhall Astra (2009 – 2015) At A Glance
Good combination of ride quality, steering and safe handling. Strong yet economical 1.4 turbo engine. Frugal CDTi diesels. Neatly styled interior.
Lesser 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines less impressive. Several reports of failure of 6-speed manual gearbox on 1.4T.
The Vauxhall Astra has been one of the most popular cars in the UK but that doesn't mean it has always been the best. But with this version of the British built Vauxhall Astra, the firm has come pretty close to producing the perfect all-round hatchback. Other cars may be better in certain areas, but the Vauxhall Astra is extremely competent across the board with impressive refinement and a comfortable cabin.
The design may not particularly adventurous, especially considering the previous Vauxhall Astra was such a sharp and distinctive design, but the sleek look is attractive, albeit a little anonymous. But look past that and you'll find a fine car that's also well built.
The interior is neatly laid out and has an upmarket feel with a stylish steering wheel and high-grade materials. Compared to the previous Astra this is a huge improvement. This Vauxhall Astra is also much better on the road with a far more forgiving ride and a 'big car' feel on the motorway. It's perhaps not as enjoyable to drive as Ford Focus or Honda Civic, but it's composed in corners and tidy nontheless.
Add in a wide range of efficient engines, including a great 1.4-litre Turbo and a super-economical 1.3 CDTi that can average 68.9mpg and there's much to like about the Vauxhall Astra. If you're buying a hatchback, this is an essential model to consider.
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On the inside of an Vauxhall Astra (2009 – 2015)
Next, the body. It's very good looking, with a sporty coupe profile and the four side windows framed with a chrome strip. The obligatory daytime running lights run around the tops and sides of the headlights, warning of your presence without dazzling other drivers or concealing motorbike headlights. The dash is neatly done with an impressive array of switches and a neat little red LED dot that extends the speedo and rev counter needles to the outer edges of the scales to help you read them accurately.
But most important of all is the room inside. A tallish adult, or me with my hat on, can sit in the centre of the rear seat in comfort. It's true that some of the ‘quality' touches of the Mk VI Golf are missing, such as the velour lined glovebox, but we were driving the base specification ‘Exclusiv' model and it was only when I looked it up in the price list that I realised it was base spec. It certainly didn't feel base spec.Trims:
The interior features black cordoba cloth trim and standard equipment, including cd400 CD player/stereo radio with mp3 format and aux-in socket, electrically adjustable/heated door mirrors and remote control central locking. Also included are 16-inch steel wheels with flush covers, a driver's seat height adjuster, 60:40 split rear seat and reach/rake adjustable steering wheel.
The S is available in black scene cloth trim, and in addition to the s, the interior features a chrome-bezelled steering wheel and ambient lighting in the centre console and roof. Cruise control is standard, and the steering wheel incorporates audio controls. There are supplementary storage areas in the front seat-backs and a covered storage container in the centre console.
SRI models ride on 17-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tyres, and all apart from the 1.4-litre come with lowered and uprated sports suspension as standard. SRi interiors are trimmed in black lace cloth and feature an electric park brake, sports front seats, a multi-function computer and front seat armrest. In addition, the SRi has illuminated vanity mirrors, a three-spoke leather steering wheel and ambient lighting in the front doors. Outside, the SRi is has dark-style headlights, front fog lights and a chrome-effect side window surround. A flex-floor luggage compartment and front door sill covers complete the package.
For those buyers who wish to personalize their SRi further, Vauxhall will be offering a range of SRi line models in the near future. This adds 18-inch, 5-twinspoke alloy wheels, a front lower spoiler, rear lower skirt, rear roof spoiler and side sills to the standard SRi spec.
Externally SE (and Elite) models are identifiable by unique 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with 205/50 R17 tyres. Inside, the cabin is trimmed with ribbon / morrocana fabrics and equipped with rain sensitive windscreen wipers, automatic lighting control with tunnel detection, an electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror and electric rear windows.
The range-topping Astra Elite's cabin is trimmed in perforated leather as standard and, in addition to the equipment found in the se, comes with ergonomic front seats which are heated and feature extendable cushions and electric adjustment. Dual-zone electronic climate control, electrically foldable door mirrors and a fold-down rear-seat centre armrest are also standard.
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Driving Vauxhall Astra (2009 – 2015)
- Engines range from 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX (start/stop) to 2.0 CDTi BiTurbo
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 23–72 mpg
The first important reason goes back to the steam age. It's called the Watt's linkage and was originally designed by James of the same name to constrain the movement of a steam engine piston in a straight line. When applied to a car's rear suspension it prevents relative sideways motion between the axle and body of the car much more effectively than a single Panhard rod. In the case of the new Astra, it allowed the engineers to use much softer rear axle trailing arm bushes and fit softer springs without compromising the car's roadholding.
And it works sensationally well. The car takes bends so smoothly and naturally you can find yourself going 20mph faster through them. Yet at the same time the car has the ride quality of a good limousine, even on the 205/50 R17 tyres ours came fitted with. (Though these tyres do induce a bit of road noise.)
This is in complete contrast to Astras of old that gave "sporty" characteristics by virtue of a rock hard ride.
Second special feature of the new Astra is the electric power steering. This is a powered rack rather than a powered column, but, as with the new Megane, it allowed Vauxhall engineers to electronically tune the steering to feel right at all speeds and in all conditions. They succeeded, because you definitely do get the impression of being able to ‘feel' what the tyres are doing through the steering wheel without any muscle building exercise when parking.
There's a sensible range of engines. I.4 and 1.6 chain cam petrol , with and without turbos, 1.7 diesels in two outputs, and a 2.0 litre diesel. We drove the 140PS 1.4 turbo, that also pumps out 200Nm torque from 1,850rpm.
It doesn't feel quite as torquey from low revs as Renault's or VWs 1.4 petrol turbos, or Peugeot 1.6THP. But it's a very smooth and willing engine and pulls a very high 6th gear giving around 34-35mph per 1,000rpm. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is an excellent 47.9mpg, and CO2 of just 139g/km puts it into the £110 VED Band E.
|1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX||67–72 mpg||13.8 s||104–109 g/km|
|1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX (start/stop)||72 mpg||13.8 s||104 g/km|
|1.4||46–51 mpg||12.9–14.0 s||129–146 g/km|
|1.4 100||49–51 mpg||12.9 s||129–136 g/km|
|1.4 87||51 mpg||14.0 s||129 g/km|
|1.4 Turbo||46–48 mpg||8.9–9.0 s||137–144 g/km|
|1.6||44–46 mpg||10.9 s||145–152 g/km|
|1.6 Automatic||39–40 mpg||12.5 s||165–172 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX||71–79 mpg||11.4 s||94–105 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX||67–76 mpg||9.7 s||99–111 g/km|
|1.6 Turbo||42 mpg||7.9 s||159–160 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi||57 mpg||-||135 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 110||60 mpg||11.6 s||123 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX||63–76 mpg||11.6–11.8 s||99–119 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 125||61 mpg||-||121 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 125 ecoFLEX||63–67 mpg||9.9 s||110–119 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 130||60 mpg||9.9 s||123 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi 130 ecoFLEX||66–76 mpg||9.9–10.4 s||99–114 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX||63 mpg||-||119 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX 110||67 mpg||11.6 s||110 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX 110 (start/stop)||76 mpg||11.8 s||99 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX 125||63 mpg||-||119 g/km|
|1.7 CDTi ecoFLEX 130 (start/stop)||76 mpg||10.4 s||99 g/km|
|1.8||43 mpg||-||156 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi||58 mpg||-||129 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi (start/stop)||61 mpg||-||123 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 165 ecoFLEX||63 mpg||8.5 s||119 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi 16V||58 mpg||-||129 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi Automatic||47–50 mpg||8.6 s||148–158 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi BiTurbo||55 mpg||7.8 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX||61–63 mpg||8.5 s||119–123 g/km|
|2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX (start/stop)||63 mpg||8.5 s||119 g/km|
Vauxhall Astra (2009 – 2015) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1190–1540 kg|
|Boot Space||312–1216 L|
|Alternative||Full-size spare wheel|
|Road Tax Bands||A–H|
|Official MPG||38.7–78.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until October 2015
On sale until April 2015
|Excite 1.6 CDTi 16v 110 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£20,480||76.3 mpg||11.4 s|
|Limited Edition 1.6 CDTi 16v 110 ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£20,380||70.6 mpg||11.4 s|
On sale until December 2014
|Excite 1.7 CDTi 16v 110 ecoFLEX 5dr||£19,880||62.8 mpg||11.6 s|
|Expression 1.4i 16v VVT 100 5dr||£12,995||51.4 mpg||12.9 s|
|Limited Edition 1.7 CDTi 16v 110 5dr||£19,780||60.1 mpg||11.6 s|
|SRi 1.7 CDTi 16v 110 ecoFLEX 5dr||£21,245||62.8 mpg||11.6 s|
On sale until July 2014
|SRi 1.6i 16v Turbo 180 5dr||£20,810||41.5 mpg||7.9 s|
On sale until June 2014
On sale until November 2013
On sale until September 2013
|Tech Line GT 1.7 CDTi 16v (110ps) ecoFLEX Start/Stop (99g/km) 5dr||£20,170||76.3 mpg||-|
|Tech Line GT 1.7 CDTi 16v (130ps) ecoFLEX Start/Stop (99g/km) 5dr||£20,795||76.3 mpg||-|
On sale until March 2013
|BiTurbo 2.0 CDTi 16v Start/Stop 5dr||£24,095||55.4 mpg||-|
On sale until December 2012
|Elite 1.6 16v Turbo 5dr||£22,395||41.5 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX 5dr||£20,740||68.9 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5dr||£21,085||72.4 mpg||-|
On sale until September 2012
|Exclusiv 1.7 CDTi 16v (125ps) ecoFLEX 5dr||£19,730||62.8 mpg||-|
|SE 1.7 CDTi 16v (125ps) ecoFLEX 5dr||£22,180||62.8 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.4 16v Turbo 5dr||£21,490||47.9 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.6 16v 5dr||£20,830||44.1 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.6 16v Turbo 5dr||£22,095||41.5 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 1.7 CDTi 16v (125ps) 5dr||£23,165||61.4 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi 16v Auto 5dr||£25,135||47.1 mpg||-|
|SRi VX-Line 2.0 CDTi 16v Start/Stop 5dr||£24,120||61.4 mpg||-|
|Tech Line 1.7 CDTi 16v (125ps) ecoFLEX 5dr||£18,870||62.8 mpg||-|
On sale until January 2012
|ES Tech 1.6i 16v Turbo 5dr||£19,035||41.5 mpg||-|
|ES Tech 1.7 CDTi 16v (125ps) ecoFLEX 5dr||£19,845||62.8 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.6i 16v 3dr||£19,410||45.6 mpg||-|
On sale until June 2011
|Elite 1.4 16v Turbo 5dr||£21,785||47.9 mpg||-|
|ES 1.6 16v 5dr||£16,930||44.8 mpg||-|
|ES 1.6 16v Auto 5dr||£18,240||39.8 mpg||-|
|ES Tech 1.4i 16v Turbo 5dr||£18,430||47.9 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.4 16v Turbo 5dr||£18,470||47.9 mpg||-|
|SE 1.6 16v Turbo 5dr||£22,560||41.5 mpg||-|
On sale until April 2011
|Elite 2.0 CDTi 16v 5dr||£23,495||57.6 mpg||-|
|SE 2.0 CDTi 16v 5dr||£22,470||57.6 mpg||-|
|SRi 2.0 CDTi 16v 5dr||£22,060||57.6 mpg||-|
On sale until November 2010
|Exclusiv 1.4i 16v 3dr||£17,365||46.3 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.6i 16v 3dr||£18,070||45.6 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.7 CDTi 16v ecoFLEX 3dr||£19,755||62.8 mpg||-|
|Exclusiv 1.8i 16v 3dr||£18,705||42.8 mpg||-|
|Expression 1.4i 16v 3dr||£13,995||46.3 mpg||-|
|Sport 1.4i 16v 3dr||£16,880||46.3 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.4i 16v 3dr||£17,760||46.3 mpg||-|
|SRi 1.7 CDTi 16v ecoFLEX 3dr||£20,145||62.8 mpg||-|
On sale until April 2010
|Sport 1.7 CDTi 16v 3dr||£18,950||56.5 mpg||-|
On sale until March 2010
|S 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX 5dr||£18,525||67.3 mpg||-|
- Astra awarded five-stars in EuroNCAP test: 95% Adult Protection; 84% Child Protection; 46% Pedestrian Protection; 71% Safety Assist.
- Won the Golden Steering Wheel in the compact class by a comfortable margin. This is the most prestigious award issued by Auto Bild magazines group. This year's election involved readers in 26 European countries, representing more than 40 million readers overall. Got top marks in the engine, fuel consumption, chassis, braking, steering and driver assistance safety systems categories. Race drivers and technical experts ranked the Astra number one, awarding the Astra seven out of eight points while technical experts awarded the compact car five out of eight.
- A jury from three of the UK's leading caravan and car publications has awarded the new Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi (160PS) SRi 5dr its 2010 Towcar Award for cars weighing 1425-1574kgs. The Astra was tested against rivals including models from Volkswagen, Ford, Skoda and Renault and took overall honours with the verdict: 'A worthy winner, with great stability and strong performance.' The annual awards are organised by What Car?, Practical Caravan and The Camping and Caravanning Club and are recognised as the industry standard in the UK. Each vehicle tested is put through a series of gruelling tests at the MIRA proving ground in Warwickshire to determine a selection of winners, based on kerbweight classes.
- Seats in Astra Elite win great priase from a 6' 2" driver with spine problems. 4 way electric lumbar, seat cushion extension which can be raised and lowered and very supportive all round with the bonus of being heated. And for a taller driver, the Astra has the best leg room in a car of its class.
What to watch out for
31-05-2011: Possibility of failure of electric power assistance to steering due to break in the power supply. Code C0545, requires field remedy 2771. This is to "add washer and tooth locked washer to the connection of 80A fuse(s) in pre fuse box(UEC in engine compartment) to strengthen the connection". 0.2 of an hour and all is FOC. But please note that forcing electric power steering against the lock stops will cause a problem and might result in the circuit breakers opening, leaving no power to the steering.
28-09-2011: Rattles from rear of early production Astra Js are probably caused by the wrong pins being used in the rear brake callipers.
19-07-2012: 16 month old 17k miles Astra J 1.4 turbo started consuming coolant. Possibly water cooled turbo getting too hot? (Turned out to be cylinder head failure.)
1-9-2012: Problem with electric parking brakes releasing unexpectedly that has led to production from August 2012 being fitted with lever and cable parking brakes instead. The slightest touch of the accelerator releases the electric parking brake. Also releases very suddenly when reversing uphill.
14-11-2012: Rainwater gets trapped inside the front driver and passenger doors, held in by the door seals when the doors are shut.
10-4-2013: Seems to be a problem of brake calipers leaking at the main piston seal. One owner of a 38k mile 2010 reg Astra SRI 1.6 turbo has has his replaced three times under warranty after annual inspections.
22-4-2013: If the car comes on 17" wheels with 215/50 R17 tyres, the wheel well will not take a 17" spare or even a 17" space saver. Will only take a 115/70 R16 space saver.
19-5-2013: Repeated faults with electric power steering. First cured by new alternator when car 1 year old. Then reoccurred at 2 years old. Now thought to be steering rack.
11-6-2013: Parking brakes seizing and rear brake callipers rattling continue to be a problem for Astra Js, compounded by a shortatge of spare parts.
24-7-2013: Weakness in structure of bonnet frame causes outer skin to flex above release catch when bonnet is slammed shut. This leads to the paint splitting and eventually surface corrosion will occur under the split.
29-10-2013: Clutch and dual mass flywheel failure on 2012 CDTI Eco diesel Sports Tourer at 11,000 miles. Quoted £2,200 by supplying Vauxhall dealer to rerplace and £1,856.52 by an independent. Electromechanical parking brake probably to blame.
26-2-2014: Another case of rear pads seizing in the callipers and causing damage to the rear brake discs. Replacement £200.
26-2-2014: Common for lacquer on polished 17" alloys to peel.
3-4-2014: Peeling and buckled 17" alloy wheels of 2012 Astra 2.0 CDTI replaced under warranty without any fuss.
11-7-2014: Parking brake of 5,000 mile 2013 Astra GTC failed on a hill, car rolled back and suffered £6,000 of damage. See: 1-9-2012.
17-8-2014: Two Getrag M32 manual transmission failures in 4 years in 2010 Vauxhall Astra 1.4T SRi. First covered under warranty. Second not covered by 'Lifetime' warranty because reader was the 2nd owner. Vauxhall agreed to pay 70%, leaving reader with a £900 bill.
14-10-2015: Report of Getrag M32 manual gearbox problems with Astra J 1.4 Turbo. Worn layshaft affecting 3rd and 4th gears making a clattering/whining noise. Same fault on 3 Astra 1.4 Turbos.
26-11-2015: 2012/62 Vauxhall Astra GTC, bought used in 2015, found to be fitted with left-dipping headlights at first MoT. Selling dealer offered to replace lights with right dippers from Euro Car Parts.
6-1-2016: Report that Vauxhall Astra Js with stop/start are having their battery covers removed and not replaced as a TSB during a service because of a slight fire risk.
18-1-2016: Report of failure of automatic transmission of 2011 Vauxhall Astra Elite at 38,000 miles. Quoted £3,500 for replacement and 5 weeks wait because 27 UK back orders and 100 European back orders for replacement automatic transmissions. Dealer and Vauxhall refuse any goodwill or free courtesy car.
28-1-2016: Report of whine from Getrag M32 6-speed manual transmission of 2010/60 reg Astra 1.4T at 40,000 miles. Initially quoted £2,700 for new transmission, later reduced to £1,200 under "Lifetime Warranty".
15-3-2016: Report of dual mass flywheel of 2012 Astra J 1.6 petrol failing at 42,000 miles and costing the owner £1,000. Only covered by Network Q used car warranty to 36,000 miles.
19-4-2016: Clutch and flywheel failure reported on 2009/59 Vauxhall Astra 1.4SXI at 10,000 miles bought used 5 months previously.
18-7-2016: Report of problem with waterpump of 2012/62 Astra purchased in January 2016. Waterpump replaced pror to delivery of car. Over May/June 2016 "coolant low" light came on 4 times and owner refilled the coolant. It had never overheated. Problem reported to dealer on 21st June 2016 and given appointment of 7th July. Dealer reported failed head gasket and quoted £4,832 for a new engine, later reduced to £3,800. Advised to sue the dealer for the full cost of the new engine.
7-9-2016: Complaint that hatchback of 2012 Astra J takes in water after heavy rain that then tips into the load area when the hatch is opened.
11-9-2016: Report of intermittent fault with automatic transmission controle module of 2012 Astra 1.6 at 36,000 miles. Offered 20% discount for repair. The to replace the transmission control module (TCM) was £2,119 and by joining Vauxhall Service Club, the cost was reduced by 25% and therefore the final bill was £1,574.
5-12-2016: Complaint of water sploshing about in door bottoms of 2015 Vauxhall Astra Tech Line Gt 5 Door Hatchback 1600. Dealer told owner to release the water by pulling out plugsin the door bottoms, but normally door bottoms have open drain holes that can get blocked with prootective wax inside the doors.
9-12-2016: Report of failure of mechanical lever handbrake of 2014/64 reg Vauxhall Astra J Excite while parked on a hill. Essential to leave them in 1st gear and with wheels pointed towards the kerb.
9-1-2017: Report of camshaft of second-hand Astra 2.0CDTI snapping at 30k miles. Vauxhall refused goodwill due to suspect service history.
10-2-2017: Report of problems with 2014 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTI 110, now at 45k miles. Car faultless until September 2016 when coolant level dropped. Turned out to the the head gasket and, replaced under lifetime warranty. Then in November 2016, driving on a steep part of the A34, a car pulled out of a lay-by, so driver dropped a gear and applied full throttle to join lane 2. The car did not respond as nornal, but driver continued to rev through 3.5k rpm towards 4k rpm. Got to 4k and heard a bang, EMU warning light and revs started to drop until 20mph (limp home). AA called, vehicle recovered to Vauxhall. No fault found. December 2016, joining A500, same again, dropped a gear to join through 3.5k, bang again limp home mode. This time Vauxhall consulted head office, they told the dealer (after 5 days) to replace the turbo actuator valve. Got car back, all well until 9-2-2017. Revs to 3.5k, bang, limp home This time the exhaust smelt really strongly of diesel fumes. (Usually never smell anything unless on a regen). The car has always been run on Super diesel (I've owned from new), serviced on time and had the oil changed every 10k. Vauxhall puzzled.
10-2-2017: Report of automatic transmission problems with 2011 Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer at 50,000 miles. When reverse is selected it makes noises and car jerks as it moved backwards. Various automatic transdmission specialists quoted an average £2,400 to repair, said the transmission is notorious for failing and that GM is now on its 3rd variation of the transmission. Previous reports of failures: 18-1-2016, 11-9-2016.
4-3-2017: Report of problems with 2010 Astra SE CDTI 123 originally purchased used in 2011. It broke down in April 2016 with the car going into limp mode. The AA was called and they diagnosed an EGR valve issue. They disconnected the valve, so that owner could drive it to the Vauxhall dealership where he purchased it. The car has been back and forth ever since with an EGR valve replacement, DPF clean, many, many forced re gens and finally last week, after having the car for two months four new injectors were fitted. Owner just had a call from the dealership saying that after testing the car went into limp mode and they were keeping it for further investigation. All parts and labour have so far come under the warranty. Vauxhall finally identify the issue as a faulty turbocharger and replaced it. Owner had the car back for 4 weeks now and it has some odd characteristics that it did not have before. The engine is noisier and vibrates the cabin more. Peak torque seems to come in at higher RPM than previous fix. The car actively regenerates every 100 miles or so rather than every 250-300 miles so fuel economy is poorer, dropped around 8mpg on average. When stationary the smell of diesel fumes is much stronger than before. It feels different to drive, it's not a quick car, but it's punchy on the move, but it's lost some of this.
28-7-2017: Automatic transmission of 2010 Vauxhall Astra failed at 31,709 miles and estimate for repair or replacement was £4,000 - £5,000. Previous reports of failures: 18-1-2016, 11-9-2016 and 10-2-2017.
11-8-2017: Report of 2011 Astra J 1.4 Turbo cutting out totally. Dashboard goes blank and engine loses power. Comes to life again when starter is used. Happens whrn driving normally, when idling at traffic lights and when going round roundabouts. Dealer cannot find cause.
24-8-2017: Report of intermittent loss of power from 14k mile 2015 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 petrol turbo. About six months ago car lost power and would no go above about 20 mph. Other driver went out in the car to find it was running as normal and has done so since up until a fortnight ago. Other driver was then driving the car for about 20 minutes and was in stop/start traffic when it lost power and would not go above about 16 mph. There were no warning lights in the instrument panel. He pulled into a side road and switched off the engine. About one minute later he restarted the car and it ran as normal. He booked it into jis local Vauxhall dealer but the diagnostic equipment could not identify any faults - dealer said they had reset the ECU. Yesterday the same fault occurred again - no warning light - switched off engine - ran as normal after engine restarted.
3-11-2017: Report of 2012/62 Vauxhall Asta J (bought used) needing new pedal box at 55,000 miles at a cost of £1,000. Begs a question as to whether or not the car could have been crashed prior to purchase.
29-11-2017: Number of problems reported with 57k mile 2012 Vauxhall Astra 2.0CDTI SRI Sport Tourer. E ngine was hunting and owner put it into Vauxhall dealer. Had cover through Warranty Direct and the Vauxhall dealer submitted the claims directly. The car was in for seventeen days while they tried to diagnose the problem. Initially they thought it was a software problem as the ECU said that the Diesel Particulate Filter had tried to regenerate 40 times but had failed to complete a cycle. No warning lights showing on dash. Eventually, after several other attempts to determine the fault, they said the EGR valve had failed and clogged up. However in the end it was found that the EGR cooler was leaking, which was replaced but then owner was informed that the Dual Mass Flywheel had failed and was replaced. The original clutch and servo valve were not replaced as they were OK. Then it was found that due to the leak the fuel injectors had been corroded and had to be replaced. Warranty Direct covered the cost of the work apart from the fuel injectors which owner had to pay for (£1,240.66) as Warranty Direct stated that the corrosion on the injectors was consequential damage due to the cooling water leak on the EGR valve and was not covered.
2-2-2018: Report of failure of Getrag M32 6-speed manual transmission bearings of 2014 Vauxhall Astra SRI at 26,000 miles. No goodwill offered because car had been independently serviced and the wrong engine oil filter had been fitted.
22-2-2018: Report of 2009 Vauxhall Astra J 1.4T running roughly and difficult to drive. Vauxhall dealer has replaced the turbo pipe and the manifold at a cost of roughly £1,000 and the engine warning light was still lighting up. It now transpires that it requires a new cam cover at a cost of £255 which they have agreed to do covering the fitting cost only. Problem probably from repeatedly switching off when turbo is too hot and carbonising the oil in the turbo oil feed and oil return pipes.
15-5-2018: Report of engine failure of 2014 Vauxhall Astra 1.6CDTI Ecotec at 37,000 miles. Car had been serviced at 15 months old, then again at 30 months old. Initial inspection has suggested that the turbo failed, pulled the oil out of the engine and this resulted in catastrophic engine failure.
15-12-2018: Report of 2012 Astra J 1.7 Ecoflex overheating: "Keep getting temp gauge go to maximum, then reduced engine power then overheating, then after removing ignition key for 10 mins runs normal for day or two then does same again. Dealer found no fault codes. Suspect either thermostat sticking shut of more likely engine temp sensor sender fan switch sticking off.
28-6-2019: Report of power steering failure on 2010/60 Vauxhall Astra J 1.4SRI at 90k miles. Owner tried to instal a 2nd hand rack and motor but after having it fitted it still did not work. The garage said they not able to "marry" the rack to the car using their code reader. Another code reader was used but still no joy. Owner eventually found a diagnostics specialist that said it was more than likely to be a wiring issue rather than a faulty rack. He said a friend (who owns a garage) has had plenty of experience with astra J steering issues and that owner should call him for more info. After a brief chat the garage owner said that the wiring issue was a common problem and that he could fix it with about 2 hours labour and roughly £140.
27-10-2019: Report of "Oil level low add oil" warning appearing in 2014 Vauxhall Astra 1.7CDTI at 24,800 miles. Owner stopped, waited 5 minutes, checked oil and found it full. Later after about 20 miles the warning appeared again. Happened again since. Possibly warnng of contaminated oil rather than low oil.
16-11-2019: Report of clutch and dual mass flywheel failure on Vauxhall Astra J 1.6CDTI at 74,000 miles. £1,700 bill from Vauxhall dealer.
43 dated faults reported since 31-5-2011
18-11-2010: VAUXHALL ASTRA J front passenger seat could move without warning. Build dates 01/09/2010 to 30/09/2010.
17-03-2017: R/2017/027: Front seat airbag may deploy incorrectly: A front seat, side air bag may not deploy as intended. Fix: On affected vehicles replace the airbag module assembly. VIN: W0LPD9EC0H1008887 to W0LPD9E38H1018793; W0LPF2E65HG012068 to W0L0XEP08H6011457; W0LSD9EC4G4354495 to W0LSH9EM7G4358005; W0LJC7E80H4020934 to W0LJC7EE6H4031765: Build dates: 25-08-2016 to 01-12-2016.
- October 2008: Astra revealed
- July 2009: First technical details revealed
- August 2009: Production version to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Show
- September 2009: Vauxhall Astra prices revealed
- January 2010: Astra Ecoflex announced
- February 2011: ES Tech model added to the range
- April 2011: New emissions tech added
- August 2012: Astra BiTurbo added to the range
- February 2014: New 1.6 CDTi engine introduced
On sale UK from late 2009. Wider track front and rear, new rear axle design, to improve stability, and comfort. Optional FlexRide system offers drivers three unique damper settings - standard, sport and tour - while being adaptive to changes in driving style and cornering speed.
Optional, latest generation AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting), which features bi-xenon lighting that changes its intensity and reach to suit prevailing road conditions. All-new, 140PS turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol unit, which builds on Vauxhall's commitment to engine downsizing and reduced emissions/fuel consumption, while retaining the performance of a larger capacity vehicle. The 1.4T joins three further petrol engines, which range from 100PS to 180PS, and four diesel engines ranging from 95PS to 160PS. All engines are Euro 5 compliant.
Inside, the feeling of cabin space and depth is augmented by a centre panel mounted at a shallow 30-degree angle that sweeps down from the top of the instrument panel to the centre console, creating a flowing surface that incorporates the gearshift. Like the Insignia, the Astra's main clocks and gauges are ringed with chrome, with the speedometer and tachometer pods angled inwards towards the driver.
Special emphasis has gone into the design and engineering of the Astra's seats that now have industry-leading levels of adjustment. Their height can be raised by up to 65mm, while their fore and aft range extends to 280mm, allowing all drivers and passengers to find their ideal seating position. In addition, the Ergonomic Sports Seats (standard in all Elite models) have improved tilt adjustment, four-way power lumbar support, superior side support and supporting foam pads.
First technical details revealed
The new Astra's front and rear tracks have been increased by 56mm and 70mm respectively, while its wheelbase has been increased by 71mm, the cumulative effect being improved handling and ride quality, as well as more space and comfort for occupants.
GM engineers have combined the size, weight and efficiency of a compound crank rear axle layout with a cleverly positioned Watts link, which supports lateral forces during cornering. A FlexRide adaptive damping system adjusts the suspension character automatically depending on drivers' needs, while also offering three programmable damper settings. Finally a stiffer core body structure, enhances the new Astra's ride and handling while also reducing noise and vibration inside the cabin.
The Astra's new suspension layout combines MacPherson strut front suspension with a clever, newly developed compound crank rear axle with a Watts link. This set-up has many advantages over a multi-link design, including improved packaging, greater wheel camber stiffness and less lower suspension friction. It also creates less camber loss due to body roll, while the Watts link ensures that lateral stability is maintained.
Production version to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Show
Vauxhall's all new Astra will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15 with a highly competitive line-up of petrol and diesel engines boasting reductions in CO2 over almost all equivalent models in the current Astra range.
The new model, which will be produced at the UK's Ellesmere Port plant for all markets across Europe, will have an eight-engine range that promises to reduce combined CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by around 10 per cent overall.
Highlighting Vauxhall's continued strategy of reducing CO2 emissions through engine capacity downsizing, an all-new 1.4-litre Turbo engine will join the range from launch, producing 140hp and 200Nm of torque between 1,850 and 4,900rpm. This engine replaces the naturally aspirated 1.8-litre from the current range, yet features lower emissions, equal power and 15 per cent more torque.
Completing the petrol line-up for the new Astra is a normally aspirated 1.4-litre unit emitting just 129g/km of CO2, and two 1.6-litre engines - one turbocharged, producing 180hp and the other an un-blown unit with 115hp.
The Astra's diesel range comprises 1.3-, 1.7- and 2.0-litre units, all of which feature common rail fuel injection and produce combined CO2 emissions of no more than 129g/km* (with manual transmission). Despite this, their power will range from 95hp to 160hp, allowing generous performance with optimum frugality.
As with the Insignia, all Astra powerplants meet stringent Euro 5 emissions standards, and at a later stage an ecoFLEX model will be added to the range, achieving 109g/km of CO2 on the combined cycle*.
All Astras will be equipped with six-speed gearboxes, with the exception of normally aspirated 1.4- and 1.6-litre models and the 1.3-litre CDTi which employ a five-speed manual gearbox. A new, compact automatic transmission will be available for all petrol models.
Vauxhall Astra prices revealed
Entry level Exclusiv 1.4i (87PS) £15,675, £270 more than outgoing equivalent model, yet now offers as standard air conditioning, electronic stability control, 16-inch wheels and an MP3-format radio/CD player with aux-in.
The SRi 1.4i Turbo, with its new-to-range engine at £18,845 is £10 more than the old SRi 1.8-litre petrol, yet retains its 140PS output, reduces CO2 emissions by 18 per cent to 139g/km and Benefit in Kind tax by seven bands. Equipment levels rise too, with an electronic parking brake, centre armrest and active head restraints all standard.
The lead-in diesel-powered model's price is £18,015. Compared with the current Life 1.7 CDTi 100PS, the new and more powerful Exclusiv 1.7 CDTi 110PS drops a VED band, thanks to a 11g/km reduction in CO2, has even more standard equipment, yet costs just £15 more.
Helping reduce the cost of Astra ownership still further has resulted in lower insurance group ratings. For example, an Exclusiv 1.4i (100PS) drops from a 5E/10E rating for the old model to a 3E/9E for the equivalent car in the new range. Similarly, an outgoing SE 1.6-litre (115PS) slides from 7E/13E (current) to 4E/12E (new), and an SRi 1.7 CDTi (125PS) from 12E/21E (current) to 5E/15E (new).
Prices and CO2
Exclusiv 1.4i 16v VVT 87PS £15,675 (N/A at launch) (129g/km)
Exclusiv 1.4i 16v VVT 100PS £16,010 (129g/km)
Exclusiv 1.6i 16v VVT £16,650 (147g/km)
Exclusiv 1.6i 16v VVT auto £17,825 (167g/km)
Exclusiv 1.4i 16v VVT turbo £17,290 (139g/km)
Exclusiv 1.4i 16v VVT turbo auto £18,465 (164g/km)
Exclusiv 1.7CDTi 16v (110PS) £18,015 (124g/km)
S 1.4i 16v VVT 100PS £16,450 (129g/km)
S 1.6i 16v VVT £17,090 (147g/km)
S 1.6i 16v VVT auto £18,265 (167g/km)
S 1.7CDTi 16v (110PS) £18,605 (124g/km)
SRi 1.4i 16v VVT 100PS £17,565 (129g/km)
SRi 1.6i 16v VVT £18,205 (147g/km)
SRi 1.6i 16v VVT auto £19,380 (167g/km)
SRi 1.4i 16v VVT turbo £18,845 (139g/km)
SRi 1.4i 16v VVT turbo auto £19,170 (164g/km)
SRi 1.6i 16v VVT turbo £20,555 (159g/km)
SRi 1.7CDTi 16v (110PS) £19,970 (124g/km)
SRi 1.7CDTi 16v (125PS) £20,560 (124g/km)
SRi 2.0CDTi 16v £21,145 (129g/km)
SRi 2.0CDTi 16v auto £22,320 (154g/km)
SE 1.6i 16v VVT £18,850 (147g/km)
SE 1.6i 16v VVT auto £20,025 (167g/km)
SE 1.4i 16v VVT turbo £19,490 (139g/km)
SE 1.4i 16v VVT turbo auto £20,665 (164g/km)
SE 1.6i 16v VVT turbo £21,200 (159g/km)
SE 1.7CDTi 16v (110PS) £20,365 (124g/km)
SE 1.7CDTi 16v (125PS) £20,955 (124g/km)
SE 2.0CDTi 16v £21,540 (129g/km)
SE 2.0CDTi 16v auto £22,715 (154g/km)
Elite 1.6i 16v VVT £19,830 (147g/km)
Elite 1.6i 16v VVT auto £21,005 (167g/km)
Elite 1.4i 16v VVT turbo £20,470 (139g/km)
Elite 1.4i 16v VVT turbo auto £21,645 (164g/km)
Elite 1.7CDTi 16v (125PS) £21,935 (124g/km)
Elite 2.0CDTi 16v £22,520 (129g/km)
Elite 2.0CDTi 16v auto £23,695 (154g/km)
Astra Ecoflex announced
New Astra 1.3 ecoFLEX announced. 95PS 1.3 CDTi diesel with particulate filter. 5-speed gearbox. 109g/km CO2. 67.3mpg combined. £35/£30 VED. 13% BIK from April 2010.
ES Tech model added to the range
A new model joins Vauxhall’s Astra range which squarely targets similarly-priced five-door hatch rivals from Ford and VW by offering levels of standard equipment and trim not usually seen outside the options list.
Starting at just £18,110 for the 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo model, the ES Tech comes as standard with a CD500 Satnav system (including CD player, MP3, USB, iPod control, seven speakers and aux-in socket), Bluetooth, a DAB radio, 17-inch alloy wheels and aircon. This complements the already generous level of standard equipment found in most Astra models, such as curtain airbags, ESP, daytime running lights, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
For diesel buyers, the Astra ES Tech is available with the 125PS 1.7 CDTi engine, and with sub-120g/km emissions this version is one of Vauxhall’s growing range of ecoFLEX models. At £19,530, the ES Tech ecoFLEX gains key items of standard kit over Ford’s new challenger including satnav and cruise control. Performance is 0-60mph in 10.7 seconds, top speed of 122mph, but with a combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg.
New emissions tech added
Astra 2.0 CDTi gets Stop/Start, reducing certificated fuel consumption to 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions to 119g/km (£30 VED) without affecting its 0-60 in 8.5 seconds performance. 119g/km drops BIK 5% to 13%.
Start/Stop is also available on the latest addition to the Astra range, the Sports Tourer, which benefits from an equally impressive 4.7mpg rise on the combined cycle, from 55.4 to 60.1mpg, though this doesn't quite squeak into the £30 VED bracket.
The Astra 2.0 CDTi Start/Stop also incorporates Vauxhall’s CleanTech Combustion Technology, which guarantees exceptionally clean combustion and reduces engine noise, too. CleanTech is a closed-loop system which adjusts fuel injection to the combustion process in real time. Combined with reduced friction camshaft bearings, the system ensures that the engine runs more quietly and efficiently.
Vauxhall’s automatic Start/Stop system reduces the engine’s time spent idling, and therefore the car’s overall emissions and fuel consumption, especially during town driving. The engine automatically stops when the driver engages neutral and releases the clutch pedal, sending it into ‘Autostop’ mode. When the vehicle needs to move away again, the driver simply presses the clutch to re-start the engine and engages first gear.
The Astra 2.0 CDTi Start/Stop 5-dr Hatch and Sports Tourer are available to order now. The model replaces the outgoing Astra 2.0 CDTi and is only available with manual transmission (a 2.0 CDTi auto model is also available without Start/Stop).
List pricing for the 5-door Hatch starts at £22,410 for the SRi model, and £23,430 for the Sports Tourer SRi. The 2.0 CDTi Start/Stop can also be ordered in SE and Elite trims (Hatch) and SE (Sports Tourer).
Astra BiTurbo added to the range
Vauxhall added two more high performance diesels with 195PS and 400Nm torque to its Astra range. The British-built Astra BiTurbo 5-door Hatch and Sports Tourer – which becomes the most powerful estate in its class – offer blistering performance, high levels of practicality and impressive frugality.
Both models have a top speed in excess of 135mph and can achieve 0-60mph in under eight seconds. The boost in performance does not compromise economy either, with low CO2 emissions of 134g/km and a combined 55.4mpg. Both models also benefit from Start/Stop technology.
Built at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, the new derivatives benefit from the recent styling refresh that can be found across the Astra range. The aggressive new look includes a revised front grille, new front indicators and fog lamps, and refreshed rear-panel styling. Both BiTurbo models come with an array of unique features including 18” alloy wheels, twin rear exhausts, exterior styling pack and alloy sports pedals. Prices start from £24,095 for the Hatch and from £25,110 for the Sports Tourer.
New 1.6 CDTi engine introduced
Previously only available on the Zafira Tourer and the Meriva, the new 1.6 chain cam, exhaust manifold in head CDTi engine is now in the Astra. It is available in two power outputs. The 110PS version achieves 76.3mpg combined with emission of just 97g/km while the 136PS model averages 72.4mpg combined and 104g/km. The Astra with the 1.6 CDTi is available to order now with first deliveries expected from April 2014.