Vauxhall’s all-new Astra will cost from £15,295 when it arrives in showrooms next month, it’s been revealed upon the car’s public debut at the Frankfurt motor show. This makes it less expensive than the current model, even though it’s more generously equipped, more economical and better to drive. Vauxhall hopes the newcomer’s cheaper list price, boosted efficiency and improved quality will make it a more attractive fleet proposition as well.
The Astra is actually lighter and smaller in most exterior dimensions than the car it replaces, but clever packaging means it is bigger and more comfortable than before inside. The cabin also features IntelliLink R 4.0 touchscreen infotainment and a multifunction steering wheel, and borrows its instrument cluster from the new Corsa. Even the most basic cars feature 16in alloys, air-con, DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control.
The stylish newcomer – which was previewed by the Monza concept at September 2013’s Frankfurt motor show, and will be built at Ellesmere Port in the UK – will be available in seven trim levels at launch: Design, Tech Line, Energy, SRi, SRi Nav, Elite and Elite Nav.
An all-new drivetrain line-up has also been introduced for the latest model, some of which have already been seen on the new Corsa. Petrols range from a 104bhp 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo, via a 99bhp 1.4-litre that emits 124g/km, plus 124bhp and 148bhp 1.4-litre turbos. Topping the line-up is a 197bhp 1.6-litre turbo.
Greener options come in the form of 1.6-litre diesels, offering 109bhp, 135bhp and 158bhp, with automatic and all-new six-speed manual gearboxes. The first of these, the Ecoflex, achieves just 82g/km and 91mpg.
A Sports Tourer estate will join the five-door hatch early next year, while the current Astra GTC will remain unchanged for the time being.
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