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Vauxhall Astra Review

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Vauxhall Astra Review (2005)

A quarter of a century has passed since Vauxhall launched the first Astra in the UK and since 1980 it has enjoyed a dominant position in the compact car class.

15 April 2005 Melanie Carter

A quarter of a century has passed since Vauxhall launched the first Astra in the UK and since 1980 it has enjoyed a dominant position in the compact car class. In May 2004 the fifth generation Vauxhall Astra made its UK debut - the 5-door hatchback was the first model released followed by an estate in the autumn of 2004 and the 3-door Sport Hatch which is due for release in the spring. Order books are open now, for first deliveries in September of the high performance VXR model - for more information [ click here ]

The new Astra is available with an impressive range of seven petrol engines a 1.4i 16v (90 hp), 1.6i 16v (105 hp), 1.8i 16v (125 hp), 2.0i Turbo (170 hp), 2.0i Turbo (200 hp), 2.0i Turbo (240 hp) and a 1.4i 16v DualFuel with the additional choice of four diesel engines a 1.3 CDTi 16v (90 hp), two 1.7 litre common-rail turbo diesel engines offering two different power outputs at 80 hp and 100 hp and two 1.9 CDTi 16v engines offering 120 and 150 hp all of which are Euro 4 compliant. Transmissions range from five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic to five-speed Easytronic transmission.

Available in Expression, Life, Club, Design, Elite, SXi and SRi trim levels with the high performance VXR completing the line-up. Prices range from £10995.00 for the entry-level 1.4 Expression to £18995.00 for the VXR 2.0i 16v Turbo Sport Hatch.

Vauxhall are confident that the extensive range of engine, trim & transmission choices combined with ground breaking technology will meet the needs of both private and company car buyers.

With tough competition in the form of Ford's new Focus and Volkswagen's new Golf, we tested the 2.0i SRi (170PS) to find out if the new Astra has what it takes to take on the class leaders.

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Vauxhall Astra Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Astra 2.0i SRi
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourMoonland Two-Coat Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.1 Seconds
Top Speed 135 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban22.1 mpg
Extra Urban41.5 mpg
Combined31.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP Rating5
WarrantyAll Vauxhall vehicles are covered by a one-year unlimited mileage manufacturer's warranty. An additional second and third year no-fee customer option warranty is also available in the UK. This additional warranty carries a mileage limit of 60,000 miles from first registration for all cars and vans except Vivaro and Movano vans, the additional warranty for which carries a limit of 100,000 miles from first registration.
Price (when tested on the 15/04/05)£ 17495.00 OTR Car as tested £ 19395 Includes the following options: Moonland two-coat metallic paint £325)
CDC 40 Audio Option £450
Sight and Light Pack £125
Leather Pack £1000

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