More than three years after its launch in 2009, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra remains one of the very popular models in the United Kingdom. It still also offers a great value for customers’ money as the model is improving each year that it is placed on sale. Vauxhall Astra comes with a great quality finish and carries fascinating looks that draws people in.
Opel Astra boasts a number of features that allow it to provide enjoyable and comfortable ride and safe handling. However, the Astra posed not quite a challenge to other vehicles in its own segment and class, such as the Ford Focus VW Golf and Kia Cee'd. Despite that, the Astra continues to offer value to customers who want to experience a good ride.
Astra is available in several engine options, including the 2012-released 1.7 CDTi Ecoflex diesel engine that provides up to 130bhp of output while emitting just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled. Customers, however, should not expect to achieve the same fuel economy figures during actual driving, since some tests have shown that the engine may not live up to its promised numbers.
For persons interested in acquiring and riding on an Astra, they could opt for the 1.7 CDTi 16V EcoFlex 130 SRi model, which carries a price of £22,065. A driver opting for more power could choose a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine that could provide up to 140bhp of output.
The next generation of the Vauxhall Astra reinterprets the brand’s design language while showcasing strong coupe-like lines as well as elegant surfaces. Slotted between the Corsa and the Insignia, the new Astra is around 17 cm longer than the previous model at 4.42 meters. Likewise, its wheelbase has grown by 71 mm, thereby increasing space in the rear cabin and making the interior more comfortable.
Its front end is defined by a low and slim trapezoidal grille with the latest Griffin logo. It is complemented by the ever-familiar sweeping blade neatly sculpted into the side panels. This blade visually links with the side window-line to carefully balance the Astra’s elegant proportions. The grille is flanked by eagle eye-shaped headlamps and wing-shaped daytime running lights. These front details are linked to the Astra’s muscular shoulder lines through the rear hatch area.
Mark Adams, Vice President Design GM Europe, remarked that the Astra was part of the work that was carried on from the Insignia. He added that the Astra represents a fresh expression of the brand’s design language, as especially crafted for the compact segment. He noted that while both the Insignia and Astra have the same gene pool, each model has its personality and character.