2021 Vauxhall Astra: what we know so far

All-new Vauxhall Astra family hatchback will be available with plug-in hybrid power for the first time, and feature a high-tech interior with more space than today's car...

2021 Vauxhall Astra render with watermark

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the most popular family cars on British roads, and that makes the task of replacing it very difficult indeed. Don’t change enough, and you won’t win new buyers; change it too little, and fans of the car won’t see any reason to upgrade. Fortunately, Vauxhall is gearing up to walk that very fine line with a bold new design, which will see the Astra offered with contrasting roof colours for the first time, as well as a new front grille and bumper akin to that of the latest Vauxhall Mokka.

Underneath, the new Astra should be lighter and stronger than before thanks to new underpinnings borrowed from elsewhere in the PSA group, which also owns the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands. LED lights should be standard across the range.

2021 Vauxhall Astra engines

In terms of engines, the new Astra will share its options with the upcoming Peugeot 308, but the core choices are expected to be a 1.2-litre petrol available in multiple outputs, with a 1.5-litre diesel reserved for fleets and high-mileage company car drivers. A plug-in hybrid version of the Astra will also be offered for the first time, using the same 196bhp petrol engine and dual electric motors as the Grandland X plug-in hybrid. This model should be capable of travelling for at least 30 miles using electric power alone. At the top of the range will be a VXR performance model to rival the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

2021 Vauxhall Mokka-e interior

2021 Vauxhall Astra interior

While the interior of the current Astra is satisfactory but not outstanding, Vauxhall will look to shake things up for the new car, with higher quality materials, a fully digital instrument cluster and a larger central infotainment screen. The latest driver assistance technology including lane-keeping assistance, a blind spot monitoring system and adaptive cruise control will also be available. In terms of layout, we can look to the recently revealed Mokka small SUV for a rough guide to how the new Astra will look inside.

Boot space is another area where the current Astra is beaten by a number of rivals, so despite also having a more rakish roofline than today’s car, improvements in packaging should also lend the next-generation Astra with more space for both passengers and luggage.

2021 Vauxhall Astra price

The current Astra hatchback undercuts the similarly big-selling Ford Focus on price, and we’d expect that gap to narrow for the new model, with a starting price of close to £22,000 likely. As currently, an estate version of the Astra badged as the Sports Tourer will follow some time after launch.

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