Vauxhall Astra (2015) Review
Vauxhall Astra (2015) At A Glance
Solid all-rounder that’s good in all areas, cheap to run, excellent value as a used car and loads around, five star Euro NCAP rating.
Heavy depreciation, dull styling and humdrum image, cabin lacks any design flair.
Look beyond the understated styling and you’ll find a surprisingly upmarket cabin, a generous level of standard equipment, efficient engines and some seriously tempting prices. It’s even better if you opt for a post-2019 facelift Astra. Put simply, you’ll get a lot of car for the money if you buy a Vauxhall Astra.
Appearances can be deceptive. The current Vauxhall Astra, introduced in 2015, might look similar to its predecessor, but there were big changes beneath the skin. Improvements across the board mean that the Astra is closer than ever to the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, two cars that dominate the sales charts in the UK. Maybe it’s time to take a second look at the Astra.
Indeed, a subtle facelift in 2019 means that it’s better than ever. Good driving manners, a new range of engines and improved technology are just three of the reasons why a new Astra is such a compelling and credible choice. The 2015 car was good, but the new version is even better, thanks in part to input from Vauxhall’s new French owners.
The styling isn’t a highlight. Although design is a subjective matter, the Astra does little more than blend in with its surroundings. It also looks a little lacklustre when parked alongside one of the many crossovers and SUVs that are fashionable in 2020.
It’s a similar story inside. The cabin offers little in the way of flair and imagination, although the design is simple and modern. There’s a clear and logical layout to the dashboard and instruments, while the quality is high for a volume manufacturer. Highlights include excellent seats, a user-friendly design and a soft red glow from the buttons at night.
Practicality is good, especially if you opt for the Sport Tourer (estate). There’s also a fair amount of room in the cabin, although headroom in the back is a little tight, but less so in the Sport Tourer. Equipment levels are good, even on the entry-level version. Opt for Elite Nav or Ultimate versions for premium levels of kit at an affordable price.
That said, be wary of depreciation. The Vauxhall Astra is quick to shed its value, particularly in the early years, which means buying used is better than buying new. Indeed, the Astra is a used car bargain – an undiscovered gem of the second-hand market.
The driving experience is nothing to write home about, but to continue a theme, it’s better than you might think.
Although it lacks the precision of the Ford Focus, it’s an immensely satisfying car to drive. It’s also a little more mature than the Focus, making it feel like a cut-price Volkswagen Golf. For long distance driving, the Astra is hard to beat, especially if you opt for a diesel engine.
Don’t rule out the petrol engines, especially since the 2019 facelift. The 1.2-litre turbo, which is offered in three power outputs, is a little gem. A terrific blend of punchy performance and efficiency makes it a worthy alternative to the diesel engines.
In case you hadn’t noticed, we rather like the Vauxhall Astra. It’s dowdy image is a problem for other people, which leaves you free to discover one of the most underrated cars of 2020. Don’t be too disappointed if you’re handed the keys to an Astra when you book your next rental car.
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On the inside of an Vauxhall Astra (2015)
The boot offers 370 litres of luggage capacity, which is more than you’ll find in a Ford Focus, and just shy of a Volkswagen Golf. It’s easy to make use of the space, thanks to square and flat sides, plus a boot deep. The drawback is a high load lip, which makes it difficult to load and unload heavy items. The rear seats have a standard split-fold function, increasing the boot capacity to 1,210 litres.
The amount of room in the cabin is impressive, with Vauxhall using cut-away seat backrests and well-shaped door panels to maximise available space. Headroom isn’t so good, while the rising window line only serves to restrict the view for children sitting in the back. Isofix points are fitted to outer rear seats as standard.
If we had to criticise one thing, it would be the lack of storage for oddments. The door pockets are too small and the cabin is generally lacking in storage space.
It’s rather BMW-like in its execution, with the dashboard boasting a soft, shine-free finish. The materials used in the lower parts of the cabin are less impressive, but this is true of many cars in this class.
Crucially, everything feels robust and built to last, while the user-friendly design is a welcome tonic to Astra models of old. If you haven’t experienced an Astra for a while, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.
All models feature at least a seven-inch touchscreen. Not all cars have sat-nav, but no Astra looks particularly lacking in terms of infotainment. The IntelliLux audio provides USB connectivity, Bluetooth streaming and a more basic aux-in socket. Models with Navi 900 sat-nav feature a large eight-inch touchscreen.
Facelifted 2019 models have new multimedia systems using more modern technology. Most models are fitted with an upscale Multimedia Navi Pro system, with eight-inch touchscreen and voice control.
All systems have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (even earlier 2015 Astras did so), while top trim levels add wireless smartphone technology.
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Vauxhall Astra (2015) Value
Used prices start from around £5000, which makes a 2015 Vauxhall Astra about £500 cheaper than an equivalent Ford Focus. Granted, there are trim and engine differences, but an Astra should be cheaper to buy than a Focus.
Facelifted models start from around £10,000, which is remarkable value for a car registered in 2019. For this budget, you’ll have to make do with a basic model, but it’s not a big stretch to one of the more desirable trim levels. Interestingly, the Sport Tourer estate doesn’t command a premium over the hatchback when buying used.
If you’re buying new, there are a number of different trim levels and engines to consider, but thankfully it’s less complex than it was a few years ago.
Prices of the entry-level SE range from £18,890 to £22,610, depending on the engine. The Business Edition Nav is priced from £19,740 to £23,460, while the SRi is £21,295 to £25,015.
Moving up to the SRi Nav costs £21,795 to £25,515, while the flagship Elite Nav Premium costs £25,950 to £28,270. There are fewer engines and trim levels to choose from when buying the Astra Sport Tourer. As a guide, a 1.2-litre SE costs £20,340, while the most expensive 1.5-litre SRi Nav costs £26,965.
Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) plans on the Vauxhall Astra are competitive, although the relatively high depreciation means that it’s not as cheap as some rivals. That said, Vauxhall does offer zero deposit and zero percent finance deals on a regular basis.
On paper, the early cars offer the best fuel economy, as they were measured to the old, less realistic NEDC standard. Even the 1.6-litre turbo managed mid-40s. Diesels averaged up to 86mpg, with the best-sellers returning high-60s.
The stricter WLTP test standard was in force by 2019. Even so, up to 54mpg from the 1.2-litre turbo petrol is a strong result. Diesel engines were rated from 60-64mpg. These are impressive numbers.
Finding affordable car insurance shouldn’t be a problem.. The cheapest models start from group 11 (out of 50), with 1.4-litre turbo versions from group 14. The 1.6-litre CDTi turbodiesel is a group 13 car, with the 160PS BiTurbo in group 18.
A 1.5-litre Turbo D in 122hp SRi guise is group 17, matching the 145hp 1.2-litre turbo petrol. The most expensive Astra to insure is the 1.6-litre turbo with 200PS, at group 20.
The low CO2 emissions of the Astra have benefits in terms of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). Even some 1.0-litre petrol versions benefit from free VED, along with most of the 110PS and 136PS 1.6-litre diesels. You’ll pay just £30 for a 1.4 turbo. Buy a 2017-on Astra and you’ll pay a flat rate of £150 from year two.
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Driving Vauxhall Astra (2015)
The steering is nicely weighted, while the Astra shifts through a series of bends in a hunkered down manner, which is at odds with the feel of a modern crossover.
Ride quality is also impressive, although you should avoid the larger alloy wheels. It’s arguably a touch firm in town, but at higher speeds the Astra is soothing and absorbent. We’re not going to say you’ll have fun in a Vauxhall Astra, but this model is far closer to the Focus than previous versions. More mature than the Focus, but a touch more playful than the Volkswagen Golf.
An Astra with a diesel engine is terrific for anyone who covers long distances. The comfortable seats and long-legged economy combine to make the Astra the ideal car for anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel.
The Astra launched in 2015 with a 105PS 1.0-litre turbo, a 1.4-litre Ecotec turbo with 125PS or 150PS, and a 200hp 1.6-litre engine. Of these petrol engines, the 150hp is the highlight, offering an excellent blend of eager performance and economy. For diesel fans, the 1.6-litre CDTi is a peach, with power outputs from 110PS to 160PS.
New engines were introduced in 2019. There’s an excellent 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo (110PS, 130PS or 145PS). There is also another three-cylinder turbo of 1.4-litre capacity, paired solely with a CVT gearbox.
Diesel engines are good, too: the 1.5-litre turbodiesel is available with 105PS or 122PS. We’d recommend the latter, preferably with the six-speed manual gearbox rather than the nine-speed automatic.
The Vauxhall Astra achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating when it was crash-tested in 2015. Front and side airbags are standard, along with seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters front and rear, while side head airbags extend from front to rear. There are also three Isofix points (two in the back and one in the front).
Facelifted cars benefit from an improved front camera, for enhanced autonomous emergency braking, and there’s an e-call function that calls the emergency services if it detects an incident. Facelift Astras also have the option of a heated windscreen.
The 122PS 1.5-litre Turbo D is the best choice for towing, offering a maximum towing capacity of 1450kg. This is the same regardless of whether you opt for the hatchback or estate. Be careful when opting for the nine-speed automatic transmission. Although the hatchback has a towing capacity of 1350kg, the estate is rated at 1250kg. There’s a similar penalty in petrol versions.
|1.0 Turbo||59–60 mpg||11.2 s||102–104 g/km|
|1.0i ecoFLEX||59–64 mpg||11.2 s||99–102 g/km|
|1.0i ecoFLEX Easytronic||64 mpg||12.7 s||96 g/km|
|1.4 100||51–52 mpg||12.3 s||124–128 g/km|
|1.4 Turbo 125||49–52 mpg||9.2 s||124–128 g/km|
|1.4 Turbo 150||47–51 mpg||8.3–9.0 s||124–138 g/km|
|1.4 Turbo 150 Automatic||46–52 mpg||9.0 s||125–139 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 110||67–86 mpg||11.0–12.5 s||88–110 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX||83–86 mpg||12.5 s||82–85 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136||61–74 mpg||9.6 s||99–121 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 136 Automatic||59–64 mpg||9.7 s||115–130 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 150||57–58 mpg||-||126 g/km|
|1.6 CDTi 160||69 mpg||8.5 s||108–109 g/km|
|1.6 Turbo 200||43–46 mpg||7.8 s||141–146 g/km|
Vauxhall Astra (2015) Models and Specs
The Vauxhall Astra won’t get your neighbours’ curtains twitching. A succession of dreary and lacklustre models have left the Astra’s reputation in tatters, making it feel like the kind of car you dread being handed the keys for at the rental desk.
It deserves better. Beneath the forgettable styling you’ll find a car that’s well built, efficient, comfortable and surprisingly good to drive. If you’re after a safe and practical family car that’s packed with equipment, you ought to give the Astra a second look.
|Kerb Weight||1173–1303 kg|
|Boot Space||370–1210 L|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Road Tax Bands||A–F|
|Official MPG||42.8–85.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until April 2020
On sale until July 2019
|1.4T 125ps Design Start+Stop 5dr||-||48.7 mpg||9.2 s|
|1.4T 125ps Tech Line Nav Start+Stop 5dr||-||48.7 mpg||9.2 s|
|1.4T 150ps Elite Nav 5dr||£22,730||47.9 mpg||8.3 s|
|1.4T 150ps SE 5dr||£21,960||47.9 mpg||-|
|1.4T 150ps SRi 5dr||£21,570||47.9 mpg||8.3 s|
|1.4T 150ps SRi Nav 5dr||£22,270||47.9 mpg||8.3 s|
|1.4T 150ps SRi Vx-Line 5dr||£22,770||47.1 mpg||8.3 s|
|1.4T 150ps SRi Vx-Line Nav 5dr||£23,470||47.1 mpg||8.3 s|
|1.4T 150ps Ultimate 5dr||£25,530||47.1 mpg||8.3 s|
On sale until April 2019
|1.0T 105ps SE ecoTEC Start+Stop 5dr||£21,600||58.9 mpg||-|
On sale until November 2018
On sale until November 2017
|1.0T 105ps Tech Line Nav ecoTEC Start+Stop 5dr||£17,915||64.2 mpg||11.2 s|
|1.4i VVT 100ps Tech Line Nav 5dr||£17,235||52.3 mpg||12.3 s|
|1.4T 125ps Tech Line Nav 5dr||£17,985||52.3 mpg||9.2 s|
|1.4T 150 Tech Line Nav Auto Start+Stop 5dr||£19,635||52.3 mpg||9.0 s|
|1.6CDTi 110 Tech Line Nav ecoTEC Start+Stop 5dr||£19,375||85.6 mpg||12.5 s|
|1.6CDTi 110ps Tech Line Nav 5dr||£18,895||78.5 mpg||11.0 s|
|1.6CDTi 136 Tech Line Nav Start+Stop 5dr||£20,080||74.3 mpg||9.6 s|
|1.6CDTi 136ps Tech Line Nav Auto 5dr||£21,440||64.2 mpg||9.7 s|
On sale until April 2017
|1.4i 100ps Elite 5dr||£19,695||51.4 mpg||-|
|1.4i 100ps Elite Nav 5dr||£20,395||51.4 mpg||-|
|1.4T 150ps SRi Vx Line Nav Auto Start+Stop 5dr||£23,275||51.4 mpg||-|
|1.4T 150ps SRi Vx-Line 5dr||£21,175||51.4 mpg||-|
|1.4T 150ps SRi Vx-Line Auto Start+Stop 5dr||£22,575||51.4 mpg||-|
|1.4T 150ps SRi Vx-Line Nav 5dr||£21,875||51.4 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 110ps SRi Vx-Line 5dr||£21,875||76.3 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 110ps SRi Vx-Line Nav 5dr||£22,575||76.3 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 136ps SRi Vx Line Nav Auto 5dr||£25,080||62.8 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 136ps SRi Vx Line Nav Start+Stop 5dr||£23,760||72.4 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 136ps SRi Vx-Line Auto 5dr||£24,380||62.8 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 136ps SRi Vx-Line Start+Stop 5dr||£23,060||72.4 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 160 BiTurbo SRi Vx LiNE Nav Start+Stop 5dr||£24,375||68.9 mpg||-|
|1.6CDTi 160ps BiTurbo SRi Vx Line Start+Stop 5dr||£23,675||68.9 mpg||-|
- Very good ride quality.
- Economical yet smooth 1.6 CDTi diesel engine while the 1.0 Ecotec petrol is very impressive.
- Five star Euro NCAP rating. 86% adult occupant safety, 84% child occupant safety, 83% pedestrian safety, 75% safety assist.
- Fiddly ventilation and air conditioning controls.
- No spare wheel and no spare wheel well either.
What to watch out for
9-5-2017: Complaint of scraping noise from brakes of 2016 Astra 1.4 T (150) despite dealer having replaced the pads.
17-7-2017: Problem reported with stop-start of February 2017 Vauxhall Astra 1.0T. The ignition stayed on though the key was out of the car.
18-9-2017: Report of insufficient drainage to the front door bottoms when Vauxhall Astra Ks are parked facing uphill. The result is significant quantities of water collecting in the door bottoms.
31-1-2018: Report of condensation behind infotainment screen of 2017 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 100 VVT Ecotec-4 Tech Line 5dr Estate when the heating is used. Could be duew to a leaking heater matrix.
31-1-2018: Report of nearside rear brake caliper of 2016 Vauxhall Astra 1.4T automatic seizing at 19k miles. Owner told there were no replacement rear calipers in the country, so had to resort to a temporary fix by his local garage.
22-2-2018: Report from reader that his March 2017 Astra 1.6CDTI had a software upgrade at 7,500 miles. He records details of fuel, mileage, mpg, etc. on a spreadsheet. From new, he used supermarket diesel, but changed to Shell V-Power diesel at 8,852 miles. At 8,600 miles he had checked the app and the onboard system and the the oil life was 54%.
13-8-2018: Report of heater failing on 2015 Vauxhall Astra.
22-9-2018: Report of problems with a new Vauxhall Astra purchased April 2018. Broke down at 106 miles with no oil in the engine due to an oil leak. Vauxhall dealer replaced the engine. New no 1 coilpack fitted and wheels balanced.
2-11-2018: Report of clutch pedal sticking down in 2017 Vauxhall Astra 1.6CTDI bought used (ex Motability) at 16,800 miles and now with 24,800 miles. Required a toe underneath to raise it. Reported to Vauxhall dealer at service and owner told it was a "known fault for a small number of cars in a specific gearbox number range".
1-6-2019: Report of dashboard warning lights of 2016/66 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 petrol model repeatedly lighting up spuriously. Dealer clears the faut codes, then it happens again.
3-6-2019: Report of piston failure in engine of 2016/66 Vauxhall Astra 1.4T automatic at 29k miles. Driving school car but fully serviced on time and Vauxhall is repairing under warranty, but taking a long time depriving the owner of income.
3-6-2019: Extraordinary saga of clutch failure of 2017 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Turbo Petrol 6 speed gearbox in June 2018 after only 7,000 miles. Clutch, Flywheel and slave cylinder replaced under Warranty. Clutch failed again February 2019. Entire engine unit replaced under warranty after only 8,500 miles. Clutch failed again NINE times between February and May. Car now returned to supplying dealer who is asking Vauxhall to investigate the problem.
25-6-2019: Report of failure of engine of 2016/66 Vauxhall Astra 1.4T automatic. Has now been with the dealer for more than a month and dealer cannot give a date when warranty replacement of engine can be carried out. Dealer says has 3 more Astras with the same issue.
3-7-2019: Another report of engine failure in an Astra 1.4T. " My Vauxhall astra 1.4t 66 plate suffered engine faliure (pistons) under warranty. After 5 weeks my car I've been told is finally ready to collect from the dealership." Owner then questioned the future reliability of his engine.
4-7-2019: Report of 'long block' of Vauxhall Astra 1.4T being replaced under warranty.
30-7-2019: Report of failure of turbo on 2016 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 turbodiesel at 47,000 miles.
12-8-2019: Report of engine overheating on longer journeys in 2015 Vauxhall Astra GTC 1.4 turbo petrol, engine type B14NET. Vauxhall dealer diagnosed an 'Engine flow error' and fitted a new water pump and thermostat.
22-8-2019: Report of 2016 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 136 Start/Stop Elite Nav manual Estate at 13k miles going to Vauxhall dealer for clutch and brake recall. Owner objected to the emissions recall but dealer said if he didn't have the emissions software update they would not do the recall repairs. No recall repair no MoT. Whilst it was in they MoTd the car (first MoT) and it had a major fail: the steering column. They repaired this under warranty.
2-10-2019: Report of 2016 Vauxhall Astra 1.6CDTi 136 going in for emissions update and on the way home the low level oil warning message came up on the small info screen. Driver stopped the car and dipped the engine oil, it was full. The message still comes up approx twice a journey despite the engine oil being on the top mark of the dip stick. Perhaps it's really indicatiing a malfunction of the diesel post injection system that is supposed to fire off active regenerations but is instead sinking to the sump and this is a high oil warning rather than a low oil warning.
20-11-2019: Report of 2016 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 136 Start/Stop Elite Nav 5dr Estate Manual going in to the dealer for a brake recall in August 2019. While there the deraler carried out a software undate which, after 3 miles of driving, puts up the message low oil level, service.
3-6-2020: Report of piston failure on 2016 Vauxhall Astra 1.4T. Car has a full dealer service history and developed an engine misfire, which the dealer thinks is due to a cracked piston.
5-2-2021: Report of gearbox failure on 2020 Astra 1.2 petrol. Gear changes are perfectly smooth except when changing up from first to second. This particular change can result in a crunch being heard (as the driver moves the gear stick into second). Vauxhall dealership was able to replicate the symptom and agreed there is definitely a fault. But having found no quick fix adjustment, the vehicle remains stuck at the dealership pending authorisation from Vauxhall to undertake more extensive warranty work.
3-3-21: Report of navigation screen failing for the second time on a 2019 Astra. Replaced under warranty.
28-10-2017: DVLA administered TSB recall of Vauxhall Astra K 1.6CDTI which has the same basic engine as the Mercedes-Benz C200d and numerous Renaults and Nissans. Recall letter says engine has been identified as requiring a reprogramming of the Engine Control Module as it may give faulty exhaust gas temperature readings resulting in blocked DPF and EGR. The work will be done free of charge and take about 4 hours.
21-2-2018: Manufacturer recall of Astra K model fitted with 1.4T engine. Engine 1.4L (LE2) BX14XFL/T build 2016 - 2017. <<Metallic noise in engine and sporadic loss of power. Typically observed during hard acceleration with low rpm. SPI (Stochastic Pre Ignition) most commonly occurs at low speeds during a period of rapid acceleration. SPI coud be caused by droplets or particles in the combustion chamber caused by fuel and/or oil. Therefore also see TSB 3319 and recommended use of branded fuel (higher additive contrent). Short distance driving profile increases SPI risk. MORE ROBUST CALIBRATION WAS INTRODUCED WITH MY18.
22-8-2019: Report of 'clutch and brake recall' on Vauxhall Astra.
- June 2015: Vauxhall unveiled new Astra
- July 2019: Vauxhall Astra revamped
- August 2019: Prices of revamped 2020 Vauxhall Astra Amnnounced
Vauxhall unveiled new Astra
The Astra featured petrol and diesel units ranging from 100PS to 200PS. The highlight of the engine range is the all-new 1.4-litre (145PS) ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, a four-cylinder unit from the same family as the one-litre, three-cylinder engine seen in Corsa, Adam and Viva.
Based on its construction, the new 1.4 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo also adds less weight to the car. The aluminium engine block weighs in at 10kg less than the forged steel block of the current 1.4-litre turbo.
There’s also a base-level 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo (105PS) petrol engine and a 1.6 CDTi ‘Whisper Diesel’ range with outputs starting from 110PS up to 160PS.
Astra 1.6T has 200PS, and 300Nm torque from 1,700-4,700rpm. Astra 1.6 Biturbo diesel has 160PS, and 300Nm torque from 1,500-2,250rpm. Does not need AdBlue.
The Astra does not just look smaller – it is smaller. With a total length of 4.37m it is almost 5cm shorter than its predecessor. With a height of 1.46m it is also 2.6cm lower. The dimensions have an impact on aerodynamics and efficiency with the new Astra boasting a drag coefficient below 0.30.
The wheelbase may have been reduced by 2cm but the amount of space inside increased. In combination with newly-designed seats, the passengers in the rear can enjoy an additional 35mm legroom. The distance between the front- and rear-seats is increased providing comfort and space.
The high-quality cockpit and the instrument panel seamlessly transfer the characteristic and aesthetic exterior design to the interior, ensuring that a new interior design generation is introduced in the new Astra. It features a clean look which includes a large colour touchscreen in the centre stack and a reduced amount of control switches and buttons.
Making its debut in new Astra is the new generation IntelliLink infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Each system builds off of the features smartphone users rely on most. Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify, and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at Android.com/auto.
Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features you’d want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner, allowing drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay.
The functions can be controlled via the large, up to eight-inch touchscreen located high on the center stack, via remote control on the steering wheel (volume) or via voice control.
Vauxhall Astra revamped
Reduced CO2 and improved economy to 2015-2019 Astra. Numerous measures, include an engine compartment cover, deflector-shaped rear axle control arms and a full-face shutter. The Astra’s chassis has been further developed with new shock absorbers increasing comfort.
CO2 emissions from the Astra’s new-generation GM engines have been reduced by up to 19 per cent, compared to the previous model. These are possible due to a modern 6-speed manual transmission, a CVT automatic and a 9-speed torque converter automatic.
Compact, 1.2 and 1.4 GM three-cylinder, turbo petrol units are available with with power outputs extending from 110PS to 145PS and maximum torque from 195Nm to 236Nm. (These engines were already planned by GM for the mid=life revamp of the Astra K and, in fact PSA's 1.2 3-cylinder and1.6 Four cylinder engines will not actually fit in the Astra.)
Integration of the water-cooled exhaust manifold in the cylinder head contributes to quick engine warm-up, which lowers emissions after a cold start. They offer excellent transient throttle response At 1500 rpm, 90 per cent of the maximum torque is already available within 1.5 seconds of pressing the accelerator.
The Astra’s 1.5-litre, PSA four-cylinder diesel engines offer 105PS and 122PS, as well as 260Nm to 300Nm of torque. The diesel engines feature an electrically-activated turbocharger with variable geometry turbine vanes (VGT). Optimum exhaust after-treatment of the Astra 1.5-litre diesel is delivered by the emissions reduction system consisting of a passive oxidation catalyst, AdBlue injector, SCR catalyst and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).
The revamped Astra is available with a new digital front camera, which is both smaller and more powerful than before thanks to a faster processor. It now not only recognises vehicles, but also pedestrians, greatly improving safety.
Optionally available is the E-Call emergency call function. If needed, help is just seconds away by pressing the red button. If the seatbelt tensioners or airbags are deployed, the system automatically makes an emergency call.
A practical feature when travelling, compatible smartphones can now also be charged inductively via wireless charging on selected models. All the driver needs to do is place their smartphone into an opening in the centre console. The new Astra introduces a heated windscreen on selected models.
Prices of revamped 2020 Vauxhall Astra Amnnounced
1.2 110PS SE 6-speed manual: £18,895
1.2 130PS SE 6-speed manual £19,185
1.4 145PS SE Stepless CVT: £20,875
1.5 105PS TD SE 6-speed manual: £19,905
1.5 122PS TD SE 6-speed manual: £20,330
1.5 122PS TD SE 9-speed automatic: £21,985
1.2 110PS Business Edition Nav 6-speed manual: £19,585
1.2 130PS Business Edition Nav 6-speed manual £19,885
1.4 145PS Business Edition Nav Stepless CVT: £21,575
1.5 105PS Business Edition Nav SE 6-speed manual: £20,605
1.5 122PS TD Business Edition Nav 6-speed manual: £21,030
1.5 122PS TD Business Edition Nav 9-speed automatic: £22,690
1.2 110PS SRi 6-speed manual: £21,895
1.2 145PS SRi 6-speed manual £22,445
1.4 145PS SRi Stepless CVT: £23,885
1.5 105PS TD SRi 6-speed manual: £22,915
1.5 122PS TD SRi 6-speed manual: £23,340
1.5 122PS TD SRi 9-speed automatic: £25,000
1.2 110PS SRi Nav 6-speed manual: £22,595
1.2 145PS SRi Nav 6-speed manual £23,145
1.4 145PS SRi Nav Stepless CVT: £24,585
1.5 105PS TD SRi Nav 6-speed manual: £23,615
1.5 122PS TD SRi Nav 6-speed manual: £24,040
1.5 122PS TD SRi Nav 9-speed automatic: £25,700
1.2 145PS SRi VX Line Nav 6-speed manual £24,195
1.4 145PS SRi VX Line Nav Stepless CVT: £26,635
1.5 122PS TD SRi VX Line Nav 6-speed manual: £25,090
1.5 122PS TD SRi VX Line Nav 9-speed automatic: £26,745
1.2 145PS Elite Nav 6-speed manual £23,995
1.4 145PS Elite Nav Stepless CVT: £25,345
1.5 122PS Elite Nav 6-speed manual: £24,850
1.5 122PS Elite Nav 9-speed automatic: £26,510
1.2 145PS Ultimate Nav 6-speed manual £26,755
1.4 145PS Ultimate Nav Stepless CVT: £28,195
1.5 122PS Ultimate Nav 6-speed manual: £27,650
1.5 122PS Ultimate Nav 9-speed automatic: £29,310