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Price (on the road)

ยฃ17,670-ยฃ27,990

Target Price (cash)

ยฃ16,204-ยฃ28,030

What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Ergonomic driverโ€™s seat
  • Front and rear parking sensors

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

ยฃ174.12-ยฃ384.54/month

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Engines

1.6 CDTi Bi-Turbo 16V 160
Currently, this is the most powerful diesel you can get in the Astra. Despite being smaller than rivals, the 1.6-litre motor has two turbos to give 158bhp and a 0-60mph time of 8.1sec. Claimed fuel economy is 67.3mpg, with CO2 emissions at 111g/km. While these are competitive figures given the performance, most will find the 134bhp diesel engine quick enough.
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1.6 CDTi 16V 136
With 134bhp, this engine is capable of 0-60mph in 9.0sec with the six-speed manual gearbox. It may be nippy, but CO2 emissions are only 103g/km, with claimed economy of 72.4mpg. If you need a bit more performance from your diesel, itโ€™s a good option. This is the only diesel available with an automatic gearbox, but the figures change to 62.8mpg and 119g/km.
1.6 CDTi 16V
This is the entry-level diesel engine and, in Ecoflex guise, also the most efficient. Available with a six-speed manual only, it offers CO2 emissions of 91g/km and claimed fuel consumption of 83.1mpg. Even the standatd version manages 97g/km and 76.3mpg. A 0-60mph time of just over 10 seconds means itโ€™s fairly brisk as well as refined. The best choice for business users.
1.6T 16V 200
This 197bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged engine is currently the most powerful engine you can get in the Astra. A 0-60mph time of 6.6sec isnโ€™t too far off the pace of many hot hatches, although fuel economy and CO2 emissions suffer at a claimed 46.3mpg and 141g/km respectively. Itโ€™s fast but, for most people, the 148bhp 1.4i will be more than enough.
1.4T 16V 150 Auto
With 148bhp, this engine offers a 7.8sec 0-60mph time while giving claimed combined economy of 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 128g/km. These figures are the same as the two lower-powered 1.4-litre engines despite making the car warm hatch fast. CO2 figures drop by 1g/km if you go for the optional automatic gearbox.
1.4T 16V 125
This engine may have an extra 25bhp over the non-turbocharged 1.4, but it manages to be just as efficient and clean. Itโ€™s also the cheapest engine in the range to get Vauxhallโ€™s six-speed manual gearbox instead of the older five-speed &#39;box. It feels more muscular, but weโ€™d be tempted by the more powerful version of this engine.
1.4i 16V
This is the entry-level engine and one of the least efficient. With 99bhp, itโ€™s the least powerful engine in the range, yet still has CO2 emissions of 128g/km โ€“ the same as a non start-stop 1.4i turbo with an added 50bhp. Economy is also the same at 51.4mpg. It isnโ€™t terrible but there are better options.
1.0T 12V ecoFLEX
This engine may be smaller than the 1.4i but a turbocharger means itโ€™s more powerful with 104bhp. Itโ€™s a more flexible unit thatโ€™s also cheaper to run. Start-stop technology means CO2 emissions are just 99g/km, with claimed fuel economy an impressive 64.2mpg. Itโ€™s well worth the relatively small extra cost it demands. An automatic gearbox is optional and makes it even cheaper to run.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

43.5-85.6 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

102-97 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

F-F

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1210 litres

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