Ahead of its launch in May, Vauxhall has announced prices for the all new Astra five-door hatchback. With the prices among the most competitive in the fiercely fought lower-medium segment, Vauxhall expects to attract high levels of interest from both private and fleet buyers for its dynamic new hatch.
The new Astra builds upon the strengths of the outgoing model with class leading dynamics and design, and is a major step forward in style, safety, space and build quality.
Vauxhall is confident that the new Astra will give both the recently launched Golf Mk V and the established Ford Focus a real battle when it comes to value for money with on the road prices starting at £10,995 and rising to a maximum of £17,645. The Astra goes on sale on 1 May.
Engines and models
From launch, seven trim levels and a choice of six engines will be available. Starting with the Expression model, the range includes Life, Club, Design, Elite, SXi and SRi badges.
Buyers can choose from four petrol engines – a 1.4 16v (90 hp), 1.6 16v (105 hp), 1.8 16v (125 hp) and 2.0 Turbo (170 hp) with the additional choice of two 1.7 litre common-rail turbo diesel engines which offer two different power outputs at 80 hp and 100 hp, all of which are Euro 4 compliant.
Details of the full pricing for the 5-door hatchback are:
|1.7 CDTi (80PS)||£13,545||£14,545||£15,045|
|1.7 CDTi (100PS)||£14,895||£15,895||£16,795||£15,395||£16,095|
Some key equipment
To give a taste for the kind of equipment level that will feature on the new Astra, the starting point for all models includes central locking, ABS, side-airbags, and electric windows. Move up to a Club model and a foldable door key, curtain airbags, alloy wheels and air conditioning are added to the list.
The stylish Astra Design, from £14,495 adds such luxury as half-leather sports seats, rain sensor and a trip computer. A top of the range Astra Elite gets all this plus a full leather interior, electronic climate control and power folding mirrors.
As a comparison, the Astra Life 1.4 16v at £11,995 on the road compares with the 5-door Golf S 1.4 FSI at £13,035 while the Astra Club 1.6 16v at £13,495 compares with the Golf SE 1.6 at £15,285.
In addition to these luxury and convenience features, the new Astra gets a raft of technical innovations under the skin.
Some of these are chassis developments, and while the new Astra delivers a superb driving experience for all, for those who want a little more "sport", the SRi model is fitted with the latest generation Electronic Stability Program and a sports switch to change chassis settings where Continuous Damping Control (CDC) is fitted.Published 26 January 2004