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Vauxhall ASTRA HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr

Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
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Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr
Vauxhall ASTRA 1.2 Turbo 130 SE 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed134 mph
  • C0299 g/km
  • BHP130
  • Torque166 lbs/f
  • P11D23%

Review

Vauxhall has delivered us a smarter, cleverer and more efficient version of its British-built seventh generation Astra. A fresh range of three cylinder petrol and diesel engines bring the oily bits up to date and make a big difference to running costs. Plus safety now meets today's higher class standards and you can specify extra high-end luxury features you couldn't have had before. In short, this Astra's now worth a second look.

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Vauxhall has rejuvenated its MK7 model Astra family hatch. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Despite Vauxhall's best efforts over more than three decades and six different generations, their Astra has rarely been the family hatchback its drivers would ideally have chosen to own. Not because it's ever been a bad car: just never a class-leading one. The kind of model you bought because it was good value. Or more likely, because you were given the keys by your company Fleet Manager. This seventh generation version was tasked to do better - and the signs are that in this facelifted guise, it just might. As you may expect, it's smarter-looking, but more importantly, it's significantly more efficient than before thanks to a range of fresh 3 cylinder petrol and diesel engines; the most frugal diesel can eke nearly 65 miles out of a gallon of DERV on the now much-stricter WLTP official test. And even the petrols can get around 50mpg. It still drives well too.

Driving Experience

The key changes here lie beneath the bonnet. Previously, there was just a single 3 cylinder engine in the range. Now the old units have gone and the line-up is built around this format. There are two fresh petrol units, a 1.2 developing either 110, 130 or 145PS and mated to 6-speed manual transmission. And a 1.4 putting out 145PS which has to be had with a new 7-speed CVT auto 'box. All the engines develop reasonable pulling power, with outputs ranging between 195 and 236Nm. Vauxhall's particularly pleased with throttle response with these engines, claiming that 90% of their pulling power is available within 1.5 seconds of pressing the accelerator. The diesel engine is new too, a 1.5-litre three cylinder powerplant offered in two states of tune, 105PS and 122PS. The more potent unit gets the option of a new 9-speed auto gearbox. These engines feature an electrically-activated turbocharger with variable geometry turbine vanes and, similar to their petrol counterparts, a balance shaft in the block for additional refinement. Torque output figures vary between 260 to 300Nm. There are no suspension or handling changes, which means that this MK7 model continues with a relatively simple torsion beam rear suspension system, a set-up enhanced with a so-called 'Watts linkage' feature to improve cornering stability.

Design and Build

You'd struggle to recognise this facelifted model as being different from earlier versions of the MK7 Astra design. The only visual changes lie with small tweaks to upper and lower sections of the front grille, these apparently contributing to a more aerodynamic profile. As before, buyers choose between the standard five-door hatch body shape, or a five-door Sports Tourer estate variant. Fortunately, the exterior lines of the silhouette are wearing well. A nice touch is the 'floating' roof, an effect created by a dark trim on the C-pillar and highlighted by a chrome strip that runs the length of the roof. Inside, there are no changes but extra comfort can be specified in the form of high-end features like a wireless charger, a heated windscreen and a BOSE sound system. As before, infotainment's taken care of by the available Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro systems. All systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring and the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro set-up has an eight-inch colour touchscreen and can also be operated by voice control. Rear seat space is class-competitive, as is boot space, 370-litres in the hatch and 540-litres in the Sports Tourer.

Market and Model

Prices aren't very different from before, starting from just under £19,000 and range up to around £28,000 across the range of hatches and estates spread across the usual wide range of trim options. Vauxhall wants to emphasise that safety standards have taken a decent step forward with this facelift, courtesy of the installation of a new digital front camera, which is both smaller and more powerful than before thanks to a faster processor. It now not only recognises vehicles, but also pedestrians, greatly improving safety. Furthermore, thanks to the high-resolution camera, traffic sign recognition can now process more traffic signs and show them as symbols on the display. The digital rear view camera, available on selected models, is also more powerful, and works in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system. Most models get Connected Navigation services with real-time traffic information, a set-up that uses online map updates to make the journey more relaxed, while the navigation display itself appears with redesigned symbols in a fresher, more modern look. The same applies to the instrument cluster, which features a redesigned digital speedometer. Optionally available is the E-Call emergency call function. If needed, help is just seconds away by pressing the red button. If the seatbelt tensioners or airbags are deployed, the system automatically makes an emergency call.

Cost of Ownership

Put simply, you're not going to find an Astra that's going to cost you a huge amount to run. Even the 1.4 petrol turbo returns up to 49.6mpg on the WLTP cycle and up to 132g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. For the two 1.2-litre units, the WLTP figures are up to 54.3mpg and up to 120g/km of CO2. The 1.5-litre CDTi diesels will manage much more. Both the manual black pump-fuelled models manage up to 64.2mpg and up to 117g/km. While the 122PS auto returns up to 57.6mpg and up to 130g/km. Vauxhall reckons these figures are helped immeasurably by this Astra's slippery bodywork - it's the most aerodynamic car in its class with a sleek 0.26Cd. For the Sports Tourer, the figure is 0.25Cd. The aero-benchmarks have been achieved through numerous measures, including an engine compartment cover, deflector-shaped rear axle control arms and a full-face shutter. The upper and lower portions of the new Astra's radiator grille automatically open and close independently of one another, further improving the frontal airflow. The underbody optimisation improves the drag coefficient by reducing turbulence. With all the new engines, integration of the water-cooled exhaust manifold in the cylinder head contributes to quick engine warm-up, which lowers emissions after a cold start. And the diesel unit gets passive oxidation catalyst, an AdBlue injector, an SCR catalyst and a Diesel Particulate Filter.

Summary

In a family hatchback class stuffed with appealing options, it would be easy perhaps to overlook this seventh generation Astra - or at least to assume it to be an also-ran in this tightly-fought segment. You shouldn't do that - and it isn't. Especially now. The new engines bring this Vauxhall back to the forefront of the Focus segment and offer levels of efficiency that rivals struggle to beat. And your local dealer is likely to give you a very sharp deal too. Assuming you get that, you'll also get yourself a car that feels quite up to the challenge posed by an army of efficient, plush and dynamically able rivals. Of course this facelift's package of improvements have helped here - the slightly smarter look, the extra safety provision and the additional luxury features. Best of all, it's mainly British, with hatch and estate models built at Ellesmere Port near Liverpool to a quality at least as high as anything the Japanese brands can manage. That reason alone might be enough to give this car a place on your family hatchback shortlist. Fortunately for Vauxhall, there are also many others.

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Exterior Features
Metallic paint
Adaptive brake lights
Automatic hazard warning light
Automatic lighting control
Black exterior textured surface ornamentation
Black side glass molding
Black upper window surround
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Body coloured door handles
Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
Chrome bar with black radiator grille
Chrome effect headlight
Dipping rear view mirror
Door to door illumination
Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility
Flexible roof mounted aerial
Follow me home lighting
Gloss black door mirrors
Gloss black finish C pillar
Halogen projector headlights
Heated rear screen with timed cut off
Hidden exhaust pipe
High level LED centre rear brake light
Laminated windscreen
LED daytime running lights
LED side repeat indicators
Manual folding door mirrors
Manual headlight beam levelling
Matt black finish B pillar
Rear fog lamps
Reversing light
Solar absorbing heat front windscreen
Solar absorbing heat rear windows
Tinted windows
Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Upper and lower bumper design
Wheels
Tyre repair kit
16" Silver ten spoke alloy wheels
Low rolling resistance tyres
Driver Convenience
Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
Cruise control with speed limiter
Driver information - Total mileage, service indicator, oil life
Electric speed sensitive power steering
Lights on audible warning
Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time
Multimedia audio 7" colour touchscreen, AM/FM/DAB, bluetooth/USB, apple car play/android auto, 3.5" monochrome instrument cluster display, 6 speakers
My ECO driving advisor (ECO assistant)
Entertainment
Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Interior Features
12V electrical accessory socket in front
12V power outlet in centre console
3 spoke steering wheel
60/40 split folding rear seat
Air conditioning with particle, odor filter and manual controls
Anti submarining ramps in all seats
Assist handles
Base centre console with manual park brake and small storage box
Central rear seat headrests
Chrome effect interior door handles
Driver's and front passenger's sunvisors
Fade up/down courtesy light
Folding storage box on driver side lower facia
Four adjustable facia vents
Four lashing eyes in load compartment
Four way adjustable height, reach, backrest, head restraint in front passengers seat
Front door pockets
Front/rear courtesy lights
Fully carpeted load area
Glovebox with lid
Illuminated load area
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Interior tailgate handle
Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
Luggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment interior lamp
Plain black fabric side bolsters and surrounds
Reach and rake adjustable steering column
Rear door pockets
Satin chrome effect bezel on steering wheel
Six way adjustable height, reach, backrest, head restraint in drivers seat
Storage compartment in centre console
Talino cloth Upholstery
Three height adjustable rear head restraints
Titanium black roof lining
Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
Two drinks holder in centre console
Windscreen and side window demist vents
Safety
3 point centre rear seat belt
6 airbags - Driver and co-driver front, front side, head curtain roof airbags, front and rear row coverage airbags
Automatic emergency city braking
Buckle activated smart seat belt reminder for driver only
Child locks on rear doors
Cornering brake control
Deactivation switch for front passengers front and side impact airbags
Deformation zones front and rear
Drag torque control
Electronic brake force distribution
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) including Anti lock brake system (ABS) and hill start assist
Emergency brake assist
Energy absorbing steering column
Front and outer rear seatbelt force limiters
Front seat belts with crash locking tongues for driver and co-driver
Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light
Height adjustable inertia reel front seatbelts
Outer rear seatbelt pretensioners
Pedal release system
Reinforced passenger safety cell
Rollover mitigation
Side impact protection beams
Single tone horn
Smart seat belt reminders for co-driver and 2nd row seat, sensor in co-driver seat cushion
Straight line stability control
Three inertia reel lap and diagonal rear seatbelts
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system with full indication
Security
Electronically protected audio equipment
Engine deadlock and immobiliser
Freewheeling door locks
Key left in ignition audible warning
Locking wheel nuts
One flat and one rigid key with 2 button for lock/unlock
Remote control central locking
Visible vehicle identification number
Technical
Battery rundown protection
Trim
Antelao sand trim inserts on front doors
Black facia with antelao sand trim inserts
Instrument panel bar in polar silver
Metallic silver raute trim inserts
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 99
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 119
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 125
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 119
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1199
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 54.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 53.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 58.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 62.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 55.4
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 130
Coin Description Turbo 130
Coin Series SE
Generation Mark 5
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 19A
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 20000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 9.9
Engine Power - BHP 130
Engine Power - KW 96
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 166
Engine Torque - MKG 22.9
Engine Torque - NM 225
Engine Torque - RPM 2000
Top Speed 134
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
RDE Certification Level RDE 2
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1485
Length 4370
Wheelbase 2662
Width 1809
Width (including mirrors) 2042
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 48
Gross Vehicle Weight 1805
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1210
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 370
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1350
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 620
No. of Seats 5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £284.17 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £289.72 p/m £15.96 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £295.35 p/m £17.69 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £305.84 p/m £20.77 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £313.81 p/m £24.73 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £320.75 p/m £27.37 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £327.04 p/m £37.79 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £231.99 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £235.75 p/m £17.27 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £239.48 p/m £19.22 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £248.90 p/m £22.26 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £258.48 p/m £28.79 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £265.94 p/m £29.14 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £273.11 p/m £51.83 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £200.26 p/m £14.60 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £204.06 p/m £17.09 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £207.86 p/m £19.59 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £217.36 p/m £27.08 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £225.95 p/m £38.92 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £232.70 p/m £47.33 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £239.24 p/m £60.98 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £341.01 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £347.66 p/m £19.15 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £354.42 p/m £21.23 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £367.01 p/m £24.93 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £376.57 p/m £29.67 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £384.90 p/m £32.85 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £392.44 p/m £45.35 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £278.39 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £282.90 p/m £20.72 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £287.38 p/m £23.07 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £298.68 p/m £26.71 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £310.18 p/m £34.54 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £319.12 p/m £34.97 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £327.73 p/m £62.19 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £240.32 p/m £17.52 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £244.87 p/m £20.51 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £249.43 p/m £23.51 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £260.83 p/m £32.49 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £271.14 p/m £46.70 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £279.24 p/m £56.80 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £287.08 p/m £73.18 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Front and rear parking distance sensors £480.00
Exterior Features
Additional metallic paint £550.00
Brilliant paint £320.00
Special premium paint £650.00
Paintwork
Brilliant Paint - Summit white £320.00
Metallic - Cosmic grey £550.00
Metallic - Mineral black £550.00
Metallic - Navy blue £550.00
Metallic - Sovereign silver FOC
Special premium paint - Hot red £650.00
Trim
Talino cloth - Jet black FOC
Wheels
Steel emergency spare wheel £110.00
* option prices shown are estimated