Vauxhall has confirmed that its 237bhp Astra VXR will cost £18,995, £1000 less than the 197bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Order books are now open on the latest salvo in the hot-hatch power war, and deliveries to the first buyers are expected this September.
The VXR outpaces the GTI by reaching 60mph in 6.2sec and powering on to a top speed of 152mph. You can find out whether the Vauxhall can match the Volkswagen’ handling in the first test drive of the car in July on Whatcar.com.
Vauxhall promises a driving experience that will ‘stimulate the most committed enthusiasts’. The manufacturer has fitted performance brakes and has worked with sports car maker Lotus to tune the front-wheel-drive VXR’s chassis. Vauxhall’s adaptive damper system will be available as an option for further enhanced ability.
Standard equipment on the VXR includes traction control, front, side and curtain airbags, air-conditioning and sporty Recaro bucket seats. Sports bodykit and blue brake calipers also distinguish the VXR from standard models in the range.
Vauxhall Astra VXR versus Volkswagen Golf GTI
Price: £18,995 versus £19,995
Engine 237bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre versus 197bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre
0-62mph 6.2sec versus 7.2sec
Top speed 152mph versus 146mph
Monthly company car tax bill for lower/higher rate earner £114/£207 versus £91/£165
Combined economy 29mpg versus 34.9mpg
Other rivals: Honda Civic Type-R (£16,250/197bhp), Mini Cooper S Works (£18,179+£750 labour(est)/210bhp, Renault Megane Renaultsport (£19,500/222bhp)
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