Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Plug-in Hybrid GSe 5dr Auto [Pan roof] Review

Category: Family car

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  • Vauxhall Astra front cornering
  • Vauxhall Astra front right driving
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RRP£41,800
Fuel type:
petrol parallel phev
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors

The Vauxhall Astra blends value with good ride comfort, tidy handling and adequate performance, but struggles to trouble the best family cars in other areas. If you do buy one, we recommend going for the 1.2-litre 130 petrol engine and mid-spec GS trim.

Developed by Vauxhall’s new sub-brand of the same name, top-spec GSe trim gives you everything Ultimate trim does but adds bespoke sportier styling, Alcantara-trimmed sports seats and upgraded suspension with Koni dampers. It’s also the only trim available with the more powerful plug-in hybrid engine. It’s rather expensive, though.

Available only with top-spec GSe models, this engine shares the same 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor as the standard plug-in hybrid but comes with 222bhp (40bhp more). The result is that it’ll go from 0-62mph slightly faster (by 0.2sec) but still manage around 40 miles on electricity alone.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH7.5 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol Parallel PHEV
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

217

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

352

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

25

g/km