VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL ASTRA HATCHBACK 1.2 Turbo 145 Griffin Edition 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2119 g/km

In recent times, Vauxhall has delivered us a smarter, cleverer and more efficient version of its British-built seventh generation Astra. A sophisticated range of three cylinder petrol and diesel engines means that the oily bits are well up to date and make a big difference to running costs. Plus safety meets today's higher class standards and you can specify extra high-end luxury features you couldn't have had with earlier versions of this car. In short, this Astra's now worth a second look.

ASTRA-NOMICAL?

Vauxhall continues to improve its MK7 model Astra family hatch. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

In recent times, Vauxhall has delivered us a smarter, cleverer and more efficient version of its British-built seventh generation Astra. A sophisticated range of three cylinder petrol and diesel engines means that the oily bits are well up to date and make a big difference to running costs. Plus safety meets today's higher class standards and you can specify extra high-end luxury features you couldn't have had with earlier versions of this car. In short, this Astra's now worth a second look.

Background

Despite Vauxhall's best efforts over more than three decades and six different generations, their Astra has rarely been the family hatchback its drivers would ideally have chosen to own. Not because it's ever been a bad car: just never a class-leading one. 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. This seventh generation version was tasked to do better - and the signs are that in this facelifted guise, it just might. Since its Autumn 2019 facelift, it's smarter-looking, but more importantly, it's significantly more efficient than before thanks to a range of fresh 3 cylinder petrol and diesel engines; the most frugal diesel can eke nearly 65 miles out of a gallon of DERV on the now much-stricter WLTP official test. And even the petrols can get around 50mpg. It still drives well too.

Driving Experience

We'd forgotten how good the Astra is to drive; if you happen to be familiar with the original version of this 'K'-series seventh generation model, you might not have. Relatively light weight and a clever Watts linkage suspension system made the handling of that car beautifully balanced, something further enhanced by the dynamic improvements made to this revised model - revised spring and damper rates that improve the ride over poor surfaces and fresh calibration for the steering which improves body control at higher speeds. The key changes here lie beneath the bonnet. Previously, there was just a single 3 cylinder engine in the range. Now the old units have gone and the line-up is built around this format. There's a 1.2-litre petrol powerplant developing either 110, 130 or 145PS and mated to 6-speed manual transmission. Vauxhall's particularly pleased with throttle response with this engine, claiming that 90% of its pulling power is available within 1.5 seconds of pressing the accelerator. The diesel engine is quite new too, a 1.5-litre three cylinder powerplant offered in two states of tune, 105PS and 122PS. The more potent version of this diesel unit gets the option of a new-tech 9-speed auto gearbox. These engines feature an electrically-activated turbocharger with variable geometry turbine vanes and, similar to their petrol counterparts, a balance shaft in the block for additional refinement. Torque output figures vary between 260 to 300Nm.

Design and Build

You'd struggle to recognise this facelifted model as being different from earlier versions of the MK7 Astra design. The only visual changes lie with small tweaks to upper and lower sections of the front grille, these apparently contributing to a more aerodynamic profile. As before, buyers choose between the standard five-door hatch body shape, or a five-door Sports Tourer estate variant. Fortunately, the exterior lines of the silhouette are wearing well. A nice touch is the 'floating' roof, an effect created by a dark trim on the C-pillar and highlighted by a chrome strip that runs the length of the roof. Inside, there are no changes but extra comfort can be specified in the form of high-end features like a wireless charger, a heated windscreen and a BOSE sound system. As before, infotainment's taken care of by the available Multimedia Radio, Multimedia Navi and Multimedia Navi Pro systems. All systems are compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone-mirroring and the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro set-up has an eight-inch colour touchscreen and can also be operated by voice control. Rear seat space is class-competitive, as is boot space, 370-litres in the hatch and 540-litres in the Sports Tourer.

Market and Model

Prices aren't very different from before, starting from just over £20,000 and range up to around £28,500 across the range of hatches and estates spread across the usual wide range of trim options. There's a choice of four trim levels - 'Business Edition Nav', 'SRi Nav', 'Griffin Edition' and 'Elite Nav Premium'. Vauxhall wants to emphasise that safety standards have taken a decent step forward since this car was facelifted in Autumn 2019, this courtesy of the installation of a more sophisticated digital front camera, which is both smaller and more powerful than before thanks to a faster processor. It now not only recognises vehicles, but also pedestrians, greatly improving safety. Furthermore, thanks to the high-resolution camera, traffic sign recognition can now process more traffic signs and show them as symbols on the display. The digital rear view camera, available on selected models, is also more powerful, and works in conjunction with the new Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system. Most models get Connected Navigation services with real-time traffic information, a set-up that uses online map updates to make the journey more relaxed, while the navigation display itself appears with redesigned symbols in a fresher, more modern look. The same applies to the instrument cluster, which features a redesigned digital speedometer. Optionally available is the E-Call emergency call function. If needed, help is just seconds away by pressing the red button. If the seatbelt tensioners or airbags are deployed, the system automatically makes an emergency call.

Cost of Ownership

Put simply, you're not going to find an Astra that's going to cost you a huge amount to run. For the all three 1.2-litre units, the WLTP figures are up to 54.3mpg and up to 119g/km of CO2. The 1.5-litre CDTi diesels will manage much more. The 1.5 Turbo D unit in 105PS form manages up to 65.7mpg and up to 113g/km; for the 122PS version of this unit, the WLTP readings are up to 64.2mpg and 115g/km. Or 56.5mpg and 133g/km for the auto. Vauxhall reckons these figures are helped immeasurably by this Astra's slippery bodywork - it's one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class with a sleek 0.26Cd. For the Sports Tourer, the figure is 0.25Cd. The aero-benchmarks have been achieved through numerous measures, including an engine compartment cover, deflector-shaped rear axle control arms and a full-face shutter. The upper and lower portions of the new Astra's radiator grille automatically open and close independently of one another, further improving the frontal airflow. The underbody optimisation improves the drag coefficient by reducing turbulence. With all the new engines, integration of the water-cooled exhaust manifold in the cylinder head contributes to quick engine warm-up, which lowers emissions after a cold start. And the diesel unit gets passive oxidation catalyst, an AdBlue injector, an SCR catalyst and a Diesel Particulate Filter.

Summary

In a family hatchback class stuffed with appealing options, it would be easy perhaps to overlook this seventh generation Astra - or at least to assume it to be an also-ran in this tightly-fought segment. You shouldn't do that - and it isn't. Especially now. The new engines bring this Vauxhall back to the forefront of the Focus segment and offer levels of efficiency that rivals struggle to beat. And your local dealer is likely to give you a very sharp deal too. Assuming you get that, you'll also get yourself a car that feels quite up to the challenge posed by an army of efficient, plush and dynamically able rivals. Of course this facelift's package of improvements have helped here - the slightly smarter look, the extra safety provision and the additional luxury features. Best of all, it's mainly British, with hatch and estate models built at Ellesmere Port near Liverpool to a quality at least as high as anything the Japanese brands can manage. 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.

  • Laminated windscreen
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • Heated rear screen with timed cut off
  • Solar absorbing heat front windscreen
  • Solar absorbing heat rear windows
  • Electrically operated front and rear windows with safety auto reverse and one touch up/down facility

  • Straight line stability control
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) including Anti lock brake system (ABS) and hill start assist
  • Drag torque control
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Traction control
  • Cornering brake control
  • Emergency brake assist

  • Fully carpeted load area
  • Griffin branded floor mats and badges

  • Front and rear parking distance sensors
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Electrical park brake (EPB)
  • My ECO driving advisor (ECO assistant)
  • Electric speed sensitive power steering

  • Lights on audible warning
  • Multimedia fully integrated european sat nav - 7" screen, AM/FM/DAB, bluetooth/2 USB, apple car play/android auto, 3.5" monochrome cluster, 6 speakers
  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • Driver information - Total mileage, service indicator, oil life
  • Multi function trip computer - Trip odometer, vehicle range, average speed and fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy and driving time

  • Twin electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Automatically dimming anti dazzle rear view mirror
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Manual folding door mirrors

  • Piano black trim inserts on front doors
  • Silver air vent surrounds
  • Instrument panel bar in piano black
  • Liquid palladium with black facia trim inserts

  • Battery rundown protection

  • Instrumentation - Speedometer, rev counter, low fuel gauge warning light + water temperature gauge warning light, shift up/down indicate light
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls

  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Black roof
  • Chrome daylight opening function
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Gloss black finish C pillar
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Hidden exhaust pipe
  • Metallic paint
  • Chrome bar with black radiator grille
  • Chrome side glass molding DLO in upper part only
  • High gloss exterior ornamentation
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure
  • Upper and lower bumper design

  • Follow me home lighting
  • Chrome effect headlight
  • Automatic hazard warning light
  • Automatic lighting control with tunnel detection
  • LED side repeat indicators
  • High level LED centre rear brake light
  • Reversing light
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Front fog lamps
  • Door to door illumination

  • Four adjustable facia vents
  • Air conditioning + dual zone auto ECC with particle, odor filter and humidity sensor (ASV)
  • Windscreen and side window demist vents

  • Liquid palladium inserts on front door
  • Base centre console and small storage box
  • 12V power outlet in centre console
  • Assist handles
  • Four lashing eyes in load compartment
  • Front seatback storage pocket for driver and co-driver seats
  • Satin chrome effect bezel on steering wheel
  • Black door panels with black atlantis cloth inserts
  • Plain black fabric side bolsters and surrounds
  • Folding storage box on driver side lower facia
  • Two drinks holder in centre console
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Formula cloth upholstery
  • Titanium black roof lining
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Front door pockets
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel
  • Adjustable front armrest
  • Rear door pockets
  • Interior tailgate handle

  • Front/rear courtesy lights
  • Fade up/down courtesy light
  • Illuminated load area
  • Dome lamp with front reading spots + illuminated switched, LED spot for ambient light and dual rear reading spot
  • Luggage compartment interior lamp

  • Driving assistance pack 1 - Astra Griffin
  • Driver's ergonomic active seat pack with AGR certified sports syle seats - Astra
  • Winter Pack - Astra

  • Outer rear seatbelt pretensioners
  • Pedal release system
  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • Reinforced passenger safety cell
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Height adjustable inertia reel front seatbelts
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Single tone horn
  • Rollover mitigation
  • Deactivation switch for front passengers front and side impact airbags
  • Three inertia reel lap and diagonal rear seatbelts
  • 3 point centre rear seat belt
  • 6 airbags - Driver and co-driver front, front side, head curtain roof airbags, front and rear row coverage airbags
  • Buckle activated smart seat belt reminder for driver only
  • Front seat belts with crash locking tongues for driver and co-driver
  • Pedestrian detection and protection
  • Smart seat belt reminders for co-driver and 2nd row seat, sensor in co-driver seat cushion
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with full indication
  • Front and outer rear seatbelt force limiters
  • Front seatbelt unfastened audible warning and warning light

  • 2 way front passive headrest
  • Central rear seat headrests
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Anti submarining ramps in all seats
  • Three height adjustable rear head restraints

  • Remote control central locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Visible vehicle identification number
  • Freewheeling door locks
  • Key left in ignition audible warning
  • One flat and one rigid key with 2 button for lock/unlock
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Electronically protected audio equipment
  • Remote control ultrasonic security alarm system

  • Front passenger vanity mirror
  • Driver's and front passenger's sunvisors

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

  • 18" Bi-colour alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 99
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 119

  • CC: 1199
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 145
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Griffin Edition
  • Coin Description: Turbo 145
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000

  • Engine Power - BHP: 145
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.7
  • Top Speed: 137
  • Engine Power - KW: 107
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 166
  • Engine Torque - NM: 225
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Length: 4370
  • Width: 1809
  • Width (including mirrors): 2042
  • Height: 1485
  • Wheelbase: 2662

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 370
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1210
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1805
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1350
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 620

  • Metallic - Sovereign silver: £0

  • Formula cloth - Jet black: £0

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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