Brand new Vauxhall Astra: the great all-rounder gets better
If you've been in the market for a good, solid, dependable hatchback in the last 40 years there has been one option that's been on many people's list for all that time. If you're currently thinking of leasing a new car there are plenty of reasons to consider the brand new Vauxhall Astra.
After all, 3 million of them have been built since the first Astra rolled of the production line back in 1979 and that many people can't all be wrong. When the latest generation arrives in November it's expected to build on its massive popularity.
The brand new 2019 Vauxhall Astra offers improved standards for efficiency and low emissions with an all-new range of petrol and diesel powertrains promising reduced CO2 and fuel consumption, as well as class-leading technology and equipment. Aerodynamics have improved and the chassis has undergone some work too, with new dampers to smooth out the bumps and recalibrated steering giving improved handling at higher speeds.
New range of fuel-efficient engines
The new range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines can be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, seven-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT), or Vauxhall's first ever nine-speed automatic, to offer reduced emissions and improved efficiency.
If you're opting for petrol the compact, three-cylinder, turbo engines are available in 1.2 and 1.4-litre engine sizes. Power outputs range from 110PS to 145PS and maximum torque from 195Nm to 236N so they achieve an excellent balance between performance and efficiency.
The Astra 1.2-litre is combined with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual gearbox while the Astra 1.4-litre is available exclusively with a new seven-speed CVT. With the CVT, Astra drivers can enjoy the convenience of automatic gear changing or select gears themselves via the shift lever. They even feature a clever water-cooled exhaust manifold in the cylinder head to improve engine warm-up and lowers emissions after a cold start.
Nine-speed auto makes debut in new Astra
The Astra's 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel engines offer 105PS and 122PS. The new diesel engines feature an electrically-activated turbocharger and, like their petrol counterparts, the exhaust manifold is also integrated in the cylinder head. As an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the most powerful diesel is also available with the option of a smooth-shifting new nine-speed automatic transmission, which makes its debut in the new Astra.
All the work on engines and aerodynamics has paid off in terms of emissions and economy, although figures vary depending on the combination of engine and gearbox, and whether you choose the hatchback or tourer version. For petrol engines you can expect CO2 emissions between 99 and 112g/km and fuel economy ranging from 45 to 55mpg. The diesel range offers 94 to 120g/km and 51mpg up to an impressive 64mpg.
The new Astra is packed full of new technology too. A new digital front camera now recognises pedestrians as well as other vehicles, greatly improving safety, while the rear view camera works in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system to give a clearer view of traffic behind and the improved contrast making parking in the dark much easier. The high-resolution camera also means traffic sign recognition can now process even more signs.
You can also enjoy high levels of connectivity with the improved Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro systems. All are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - so you can connect your smartphone easily - and the Multimedia Navi Pro also features an eight-inch colour touchscreen and can also be operated by voice control. The new Astra even includes inductive wireless charging and a high-end BOSE sound system on selected models.
More important than any of this though, the new Vauxhall Astra remains a car that fulfils almost every need you could have, doesn't cost the earth to drive, and looks pretty good.
Vauxhall reckon a quarter of drivers in the UK have either owned or driven an Astra. We have no reason to doubt that, which is why we won't be surprised when you give us a call to discuss leasing your new Vauxhall Astra or leasing the new Sports Tourer estate . And if you can't wait that long you could always take advantage of one of our deals on the outgoing Astra before they all disappear.
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