The Vauxhall Astra has been a staple on British roads and those further afield for three and a half decades. The ever popular family favourite, currently in its sixth generation, is one of Vauxhall’s most reliable sellers and botherer-in-chief to the market-leading Ford Focus.
Having admirably completed its six years of service, the old stager is ready for retirement. Enter the 2016 Vauxhall Astra.
As with its predecessor, the new Astra continues the ‘made in Britain’ tradition with production based at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire, England. Design wise, the 2016 edition is more heavily sculpted than before and sports a fresh interpretation of the Vauxhall grille. The ‘floating roof’ effect above the C-pillar is also a smart touch.
The new Astra sheds 200kg compared to the outgoing model curtesy of a general redesign inside and out. The selection of petrol and diesel engines on offer from launch range from 100 to 197bhp in output. It includes the all-new 143bhp 1.4-litre direct injection turbo, a four-cylinder powertrain derived from the 1.0 litre unit offered in the Corsa, Adam and Viva models.
On board, the new Astra becomes the first Vauxhall to feature the brand’s OnStar technology package complete with a high-speed 4G mobile network, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology. Both Apple and Android-compatible apps are installable through the 2016 Astra’s revamped infotainment system.
The all-new seventh generation Vauxhall Astra will premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show on 15th September before landing in UK showrooms this autumn.