Archive | January, 2012

Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTI 165ps 5-door ecoFLEX SE – Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

Now that this 6th generation incarnation of Vauxhall’s ever-popular Astra model has cemented its success in the UK market since its launch in late 2009, SimonsCarSpots thought it was time to see what made the latest Astra substantially outsell Ford’s rival Focus as the best-selling car in June 2010 and continue to do rather well ever since.

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The Astra range starts at £12,995 for the standard 1.4 petrol Expression model and goes up to just over £30,000 a fully kitted 2.0 diesel Elite edition with most available options ticked. The version we had for this week’s review was the Astra 2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX Start/Stop 5-door hatchback with 165bhp in SE trim, in Olympic White with a black interior, costing £25,555 in total. Our car had tasty options fitted in the form of the colour satellite navigation system costing £855, a DAB radio at £160 extra, a Bluetooth mobile phone system priced at £220, FlexRide at £790 and parking sensors at the front and rear costing £395.

We know looks aren’t everything, but…

Although the latest Astra has been around for a couple of years now, it still never fails to impress a large number of people who are actually quite positively surprised when they find out what car you’ve pulled up in. With its really rather striking and some-may-even-say beautiful stylish new design, the new Astra banished any traces of boxy utilitarianism that may have summed up the previous model.

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The 6th generation Vauxhall Astra is actually built on what is called the ‘Delta’ chassis from General Motors, first implemented on the Chevrolet Cruze. The Astra’s design borrows noticeably from the equally impressive Insignia’s styling and I personally am a big fan of the Astra’s sultry, sporty and dynamic lines, especially in SRi guise – although the Continue Reading →

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