However, if you have your heart set on buying a new Golf we would say one thing before you do test drive the new Astra you will be surprised
What We Liked
- Ride & handling
- Seating position
- Exterior & interior styling
What We Disliked
- The stereo and heating/ventilation controls a little fiddly to operate on the move
What We'd Like To See
- Xenon headlights as standard on the SRi model
Bi-Xenon headlights are available as part of a £450 option pack which includes Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) with dynamic beam levelling and heated high-pressure washers.
Overall build quality is refreshingly good and there is little to fault. The materials used are of a very high standard. Overall the new Astra is a very well put together car which should prove durable in the long term.
Value For MoneyAt £17495 OTR the Vauxhall Astra 2.0 SRi (170 bhp) is very good value for money as it offers a high level of standard safety equipment combined with good levels of refinement at a very competitive price.
Longer service intervals and a reduced level of maintenance make the new Astra an attractive proposition for both fleet and private buyers. Petrol engines have two year or 20,000 mile service intervals and diesel models two years or 30,000.
Many components such as the fuel filter (on petrol engines), the belt drive to the auxiliaries or the battery are maintenance free and there is no need to change the cooling system fluids, air-conditioning or transmission oils during the lifetime of the vehicle.
With the new Astra SRi Vauxhall have developed a very capable hot hatchback which exceeded our expectations and felt good to drive.
If 170 bhp isn't enough power for you there is a 200 bhp version available with a 0-60 mph time of 7.7 seconds and the range topping 240 bhp VXR model is now available to order for more information [ click here ]
We have yet to drive the new Ford Focus but overall the new Volkswagen Golf GTI is a better car than the new Astra SRi but it is more expensive with prices ranging from £19,995 to £21,825.
However, if you have your heart set on buying a new Golf we would say one thing before you do test drive the new Astra you will be surprised.15 April 2005
Vauxhall Astra Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Vauxhall Astra 2.0i SRi|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Colour||Moonland Two-Coat Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||135 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||41.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||All 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