The new Vauxhall Astra with Start/Stop technology boasts a 0-60mph time of 8.5 second and combined mpg of 62.8.
The Start/Stop technology has been made available on the existing Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi hatch, Vauxhall has reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions whilst maintaining performance figures. Compared wit the outgoing 2.0 CDTi, fuel consumption has been improved by over 5mpg, from 57.6 to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle.
For business users, the Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi's Start/Stop tech sees CO2 emissions from from 129g/km to 11g/km, a result of which is the model's BIK rate (percentage of the car's price to be taxed) for standard rate tax-payers is down to 13%. The VED band is lower, from £95 to just £30, a £65 saving each year.
The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is also available with Start/Stop technology, which sees a 4.7mpg rise on the combined cycle, from 55.4 to 60.1mpg.
The Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi Start/Stop also incorporates Vauxhall’s CleanTech Combustion Technology, which guarantees exceptionally clean combustion and reduces engine noise, too. CleanTech is a closed-loop system which adjusts fuel injection to the combustion process in real time. Combined with reduced friction camshaft bearings, the system ensures that the engine runs more quietly and efficiently.
Vauxhall's Start/Stop technology automatically stops the engine when the driver engages neutral and releases the clutch pedal, sending it into 'Autostop' mode. Pressing the clutch will re-start the engine.
The Astra 2.0 CDTi Start/Stop 5-dr Hatch and Sports Tourer are available to order now. The model replaces the outgoing Astra 2.0 CDTi and is only available with manual transmission (a 2.0 CDTi auto model is also available without Start/Stop).
Pricing for the 5-door Hatch starts at £22,410 for the SRi model, and £23,430 for the Sports Tourer SRi. The 2.0 CDTi Start/Stop can also be ordered in SE and Elite trims (Hatch) and SE (Sports Tourer).Published 12 April 2011