VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL ASTRA DIESEL SPORTS TOURER 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoTEC Tech Line Nav 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.7s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined65.7 mpg

ASTRA-RATIONAL

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

This seventh generation Vauxhall Astra, launched in 2015, was smarter, lighter, cleverer and more efficient. Once merely an ordinary family hatch, this model line revitalised itself in this 'K-Series' form. Here we look at earlier versions of this design from the used car buyer's perspective.

Models

5dr Hatch & Sports Tourer estate (Petrol - 1.0 Turbo [105PS], 1.4 normally aspirated [100PS] & Turbo [125PS/150PS/200PS] / Diesel - 1.6 CDTi - 'Design', 'SRi', 'SRi Nav', 'Elite')

History

According to Vauxhall, over a quarter of all British drivers have at some point either owned or driven an example of their Astra family hatch. A pretty significant car for our market then - and never more so than in its seventh generation 'K-Series' form, launched in 2015. The fact that so many of us have sampled an Astra might be an interesting stat but it disguises the fact that despite Vauxhall's best efforts over six different generations and nearly four decades, their family hatchback contender has rarely been the one its users would ideally have chosen to own. Not because it's ever been a bad car: just never a class-leading one. In the past, it was the kind of model you bought because it was good value. Or more likely, because you were given the keys by your company Fleet Manager. What was missing was that 'want one' factor. To try and deliver it, the MK7 model design team massively reduced this car's weight, engineered a fresh generation of frugal engines and installed in this Vauxhall a level of personal connectivity that many luxury saloons of the era struggled to match. The original version of this MK7 model sold until mid-2019, when it was lightly facelifted and significantly updated with a fresh range of three cylinder engines. It's the earlier 2015-2019-era versions of this design that we look at here though.

What You Get

Give this seventh generation Astra little more than a cursory glance and your first impression may well be that visually at least, it isn't very much changed from what went before. Look more closely though and a different piece of styling presents itself, leaner, lighter and more agile in appearance, just as was intended. At the front, the prominent Griffin badge marks the centrepoint of a chrome grille that flows seamlessly into the lights. Move to the side and you start to get a real feel for what the designers have tried to do with this car. For a start, unusually for a new generation design, it's slightly smaller than the old MK6 model, in both the five-door hatch guise and in Sports Tourer estate form, the other main seventh generation bodys tyle on offer. A far-reaching efficiency programme delivered us a shape that sees this hatch version 5cm shorter and 2.5cm lower than its predecessor, with shorter front and rear overhangs and the option of smaller wheels. In its own way, the up-front experience is just as surprising, the previous forgettable rental car-style cabin here replaced by a cleaner, simpler, smarter and more interesting design that some premium brands could even learn from. The centrepiece of the dash is a beautifully-integrated Intellilink infotainment screen which incorporates the usual DAB stereo, Bluetooth 'phone and informational functions. Get a car whose original owner included the optional satellite navigation system and the screen size increases from 7 to 8-inches. In the back, despite this 'K-Series' model's shorter wheelbase, there's a surprising amount of space, plus you get a usefully-sized 370-litre boot in the hatch. Need more? Then go for the alternative Sports Tourer estate.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most of the Astra owners from the 2015 to 2019 period that we came across seemed to be pretty happy with their cars on the evidence of our survey. However, inevitably, there were issues. One owner experienced problems with the ECU unit failing. Another also had spurious warning lights; look out for the engine management light illuminating as a sign of problems. We had a number of reports of difficulties with the Intellilink infotainment system, so make sure that all the functions on that work correctly. One owner had both the clutch and the gearbox fil within 10,000 miles; look out for brake grinding noises too. Otherwise, just check the usual things in family hatches; alloy wheels scratches and interior damage caused by unruly children.

Replacement Parts

(approx prices based on a 2016 Astra 1.4 ex VAT) An air filter costs around £14, an oil filter costs around £19. Front brake pads sit in the £90 bracket for a set. Rear brake pads sit in the £66 bracket for a set. Front brake discs sits in the £110-£130 bracket. Rear brake discs sits in the £70 bracket. Wiper blades cost in the £4-£9 bracket.

On the Road

Reducing this seventh generation Astra model's weight by up to 200kgs had a significant effect on the way this car drives. It soaks up bumps better than the previous MK6 version and turns into the bends more easily, aided by a stiffer chassis and torque vectoring that helps with cornering traction. As before, this Vauxhall does without the kind of independent rear suspension system you'd find on a rival Ford Focus, instead favouring a neat Watts linkage system that claims to reduce sideways motion between the axle and the body of the car as you go through the corners. Under the bonnet, those in search of petrol power have an up-to the-minute range of options. We'd suggest you bypass the most affordable 100PS 1.4-litre engine in favour of the lighter, more responsive and much more efficient 105PS 1.0-litre ECOTEC turbo three cylinder unit. If you need more power, there are a couple of 1.4-litre Turbo powerplants offering 125 or 150PS, plus a top 200PS 1.6 Turbo option. Diesel drivers get Vauxhall's refined 1.6-litre CDTi 'whisper diesel' unit with a choice of three power outputs - 110, 136 or 160PS. The 110PS ecoFLEX variant delivers class-leading efficiency figures.

Overall

So to the bottom line, which is, quite simply, that it's time for the market to re-evaluate the Vauxhall Astra. You might have ignored the previous model because a Focus felt better to drive, a Golf felt better built or any one of a whole series of potential rivals offered better value. Forget that now though: to a great extent, it's reasoning that no longer applies. The closer you look at this car, the more readily you appreciate the depth of thought that's gone into its design. It's the most efficient and technologically advanced contender in its class from the 2015-2018 era, as well as being one of the best equipped and most affordable. Despite smaller dimensions, it somehow manages to be more practical than its predecessor - and smarter too. Better still, a weight loss programme resulted in a much lighter car that's more agile and responsive to drive. Avoid the entry-level petrol engine and it's hard to make a bad choice in the powerplant department either. And it was British-built. That reason alone might be enough to give this car a place on your family hatchback shortlist. Fortunately for Vauxhall, there are also many others.

  • Side window demist vents
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted windows
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric front/rear windows/one touch facility
  • Heated rear screen with timed cut off
  • Solar heat absorbing windscreen
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Windscreen demist vents

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Traction control

  • Fully carpeted load area

  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Electric speed sensitive power steering

  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Lights on audible warning
  • Digital fuel gauge with low fuel warning light
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Speedometer
  • Rev counter
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Left Key in ignition audible warning
  • Digital water temperature gauge with warning light
  • Service due indicator
  • Monochrome display in instrument cluster
  • Gearshft up/down indication light

  • Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Dipping rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Manual folding door mirrors

  • Black facia with antelao sand trim inserts
  • Instrument panel bar in polar silver
  • Polar silver trim inserts on front doors

  • R4 Intellilink infotainment Sat Nav, 7" screen, DAB, traffic program, USB/iPod/Bluetooth audio stream, microphone, 2D map, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • 6 speakers

  • Chrome front grille
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome headlight surround
  • Gloss black finish C pillar
  • Matt black finish B pillar
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Automatic lighting control
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Door to door illumination
  • Halogen Projector Headlamps
  • Front fog lights
  • Reversing light
  • Hazard warning lamps
  • LED side repeat indicators
  • Manual headlight beam levelling
  • High level LED centre rear brake light

  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Air conditioning

  • Interior tailgate handle
  • Retractable luggage cover
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Adjustable front armrest
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Titanium headlining
  • Under floor storage in luggage area
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel with accent stitching
  • Satin chrome effect bezel on steering wheel
  • Black door panels with black atlantis cloth inserts
  • Plain black fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Four load restraint lashing eyes
  • Two drinks holders in centre console
  • Folding storage box on driver side lower facia
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors

  • Fade up/down courtesy light
  • Illuminated load area
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Rear courtesy lights

  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Seatbelt pretensioners on front/outer rear seats
  • Pedal release system
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Six airbags - Driver's dual stage airbag/front passenger's dual stage airbag/front seat side impact airbags/full size curtain airbags

  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • Height adjustable and removable rear head restraints (x3)
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Height adjustable front head restraints

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Freewheeling door locks
  • Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks
  • Remote control central locking
  • Electronically protected audio

  • CO2 (g/km): 112
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: B16DTU
  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 52.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 78.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 100000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: 72
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 110
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 13E
  • Coin Series: Tech Line Nav
  • Coin Description: CDTi 16V ecoTEC
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 1
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - BHP: 110
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.7
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - KW: 81
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4702
  • Width: 1809
  • Width (including mirrors): 2042
  • Height: 1510
  • Wheelbase: 2662

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 540
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1630
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1930
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 670

  • Front and rear parking distance sensors: £480

  • Premium paint: £655
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two coat metallic paint: £575
  • Brilliant paint: £285
  • Power tilt/slide sunroof + twin front/rear reading light with illuminated switches&driver/front passenger illuminated vanity mirror with flip up cover: £550

  • Talino cloth Upholstery: Included

  • Driver's ergonomic active seat pack with Formula cloth upholstery- Astra: £260
  • Towing pack - Astra: £605
  • Driving assistance pack 1 - Astra: £815
  • Winter Pack - Astra: £355

  • Two coat metallic - Sovereign silver: £575
  • Two coat metallic - Cosmic grey: £575
  • Two coat metallic - Flip Chip silver: £575
  • Two coat metallic - Mineral black: £575

  • Solid - Agean blue: £0

  • Brilliant paint - Lava red: £285
  • Premium paint - Dark caramel: £655
  • Premium paint - Emerald green: £655
  • Premium paint - Darkmoon blue: £655
  • Brilliant Paint - Summit white: £285

  • Reclining backrests: Included
  • Comfort front seats - 8 way driver and 6 way front passenger: Included
  • Height and reach driver seat adjustment: Included
  • Reach adjustable for front passenger seat: Included

  • Remote control ultrasonic security alarm system: £260

  • Ergonomic active seat pack - Formula cloth - Jet black: £260
  • Talino cloth - Jet black: £0

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors: £0
  • Front passenger vanity mirror: Included

  • 16" Structure Wheel: £0

  • 16" alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" 10 spoke alloy wheels: £480

  • Emergency spare wheel: £110
  • Tyre inflation kit: Included
  • 16" full size steel spare wheel: £110

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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