2023 Vauxhall Astra GSe verdict and specs

New Vauxhall GSe sub-brand aims to take the new Vauxhall Astra to the next level with stiffer suspension and increased power. But just how good is it? Lets find out...

Vauxhall Astra GSe handling rear 2023

Verdict

So, should you go for the Astra GSe over the normal plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Vauxhall Astra? The answer to that question will depend entirely on what you’re after. You see, while the straight-line performance hasn’t really improved all that much, the increased body control and subsequent fun of going around corners will definitely appeal.

You also get plenty of standard equipment; the Astra GSe comes with all the bells and whistles, including special 18in alloy wheels, matrix headlights, front and rear parking sensors and a head-up display. Even so, it still looks a bit pricey when compared with its rivals, costing more than the top-spec versions of the Peugeot 308 PHEV and Seat Leon e-Hybrid. You could even get yourself into the Cupra Leon e-Hybrid for less money. As a result, the Astra GSe will make more sense for company car drivers looking for a bit more fizz from their benefit-in-kind tax.

If you can see past the price, however, the Astra GSe will prove a comfortable and efficient plug-in hybrid companion that’s also pretty fun when the road gets twisty.

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Vauxhall Astra GSe

Price £40,550 Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, turbocharged, petrol, plus electric motor Power 222bhp Torque 266lb ft Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 7.5sec Top speed 146mph Fuel economy 256.8mpg CO2, tax band 25g/km, 8%

Rivals:

Seat Leon e-Hybrid

VW Golf GTE


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