You may recall we told you about the new Vauxhall Astra recently. Don’t worry, we’re not going to go through the striking looks and great range of engine options again. What we will do is let you know Vauxhall has released details of the new Astra range. If you’re considering leasing yourself a practical family hatchback this might be of interest.
The new Astra is the first model to feature Vauxhall’s new trim line-up. The simplified, three version line-up of Design, GS Line, and Ultimate will be rolled out on these and all future models. The new range structure makes it even easier to choose the best Astra for you. Vauxhall has even aligned the specification between electric, petrol and diesel models to make them more easily comparable.
Just to briefly recap though, just in case you didn’t read our previous Astra piece .
The All-new Astra is available with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol unit, or a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with both being available with either a six-speed manual or Vauxhall’s smooth eight-speed automatic.
The one that’s likely to prove most popular is the plug-in hybrid version. For now, that means you get Vauxhall’s 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 12.4 kWh battery for a combined power output of around 180bhp. If you can hang on until next year there will be a more powerful, 225bhp PHEV option to follow. Both versions will be capable of up to 35 miles of electric range and offer emissions as low as 24g/km CO2. As part of Vauxhall’s commitment to the environment, there is also an all-electric Astra-e due to hit the road sometime in 2023.
So, what will you get for your money in the new Astra range?
No matter which trim level you choose there is plenty of standard equipment available. The entry level Design trim features bold styling and a healthy supply of technology. The GS Line adds sports styling with even more advanced technology, and the Ultimate trim combines the sports styling with a hatful of premium technology.
Standard features in the Design trim include the new ‘Pure Panel’ Infotainment & Navigation system with 10-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and wireless smartphone connectivity. You get LED lights front and rear, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, speed limit sign recognition, driver drowsiness alert, forward collision alert (low speed only), and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection to keep you safe on your travels. To keep you comfortable and relaxed you also get cruise control with intelligent speed adaption, front and rear parking sensors, keyless start, and electronic climate control.
Opt for the sporty GS Line and you replace the standard 16-inch wheels with 17-inch black alloys, add a black roof, black Griffin badge, and black trim details on the front. Technology upgrades include full traffic sign recognition, forward collision alert at all speeds, and panoramic parking camera. The interior is also upgraded with heated sports seats and heated steering wheel, keyless entry and start, adaptive cruise control for easier journeys, and dual-zone climate control.
The Ultimate trim takes everything you get from the other two trims and makes it better. The exterior sees the addition of 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and Intellilux adaptive LED headlights that automatically adjust their 168 separate LEDs to adapt to oncoming traffic and road conditions. Safety equipment is further enhanced with lane change assist, blind spot alert, lane positioning assist, cross traffic alert, and a clever addition to the cruise control that uses the radar to look ahead and automatically adjust the speed for approaching bends. Interior additions include a head-up display, wireless phone charger, air quality sensors, and the heated sports seats are now finished in Alcantara.
The 8th generation Vauxhall Astra is available to order right now. It’s got great looks, all the brilliant practicality of a hatchback, a good range of efficient engine options for power and economy, and the simplified range is clearly very well equipped no matter which trim level you choose to lease.
All of which begs the question: what are you waiting for?
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