VAUXHALL

VAUXHALL ASTRA SPORTS TOURER 1.2 Turbo 145 Griffin Edition 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2119 g/km

ASTRA-NOMICAL VALUE

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

There wasn't much wrong with Vauxhall's seventh generation 'K'-series Astra that a few good engines wouldn't have sorted out. These were added as part of the updates made in 2019, delivering efficiency gains that might cause careful family hatchback buyers to see this car in a whole new light. The hatch and Sports Tourer variants on offer both got extra technology too as part of the 2019 changes. Think you know the MK7 Astra? Maybe it's time to take another look.

Models

Models Covered: (5-door hatch/Sport Tourer estate) 1.2, 1.4 petrol / 1.5 CDTi diesel [SE, Business Edition Nav, Griffin, SRi Nav, SRi VX Line, 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 in the forty years this model line has been on sale. A pretty significant car for our market then - which was why in 2019 the mid-life changes made to the seventh generation 'K'-series Astra (which had first been launched in 2015) were so substantial. By 2019, this model was having to face down completely new versions of its two biggest family hatch rivals, the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf. By this point, the appeal of this car amongst private buyers had rather waned; Astra sales were still strong, but that was mainly because 80% of production went to fleets. It was quite rare by 2019 to find an individual prepared to ignore the appeal of glitzier rivals or trendy SUVs and put down money for one. Vauxhall though, was out to convince private customers that they should, and to that end gave this car a completely fresh line-up of all-aluminium three cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants, mated to a revitalised range of transmissions. In 2019, we expected that the engines would be borrowed from Peugeots and Citroens, as had been the case with most new Vauxhalls launched up to that point following the PSA Group's takeover of the brand in 2017. In the event, these powerplants dated from the General Motors era. Despite that, they offered class-leading running cost figures that were significantly better than before, with updated Euro-emissions compliance that brought key tax savings, particularly to business buyers. Other changes to this seventh generation 'K'-series model were less significant. There was still the same choice of either five-door hatch or Sports Tourer estate models, but both body styles got a few equipment updates and some minor styling tweaks. To be fair, relatively few changes in other areas were really needed. We always recommended this design highly as an all-round driver's car and - if priced rightly - as a complete family hatchback package. Plus, it was still made in this country - by 2019, the only Vauxhall apart from the Vivaro van that was. Overall, this was certainly an under-rated car, which sold until the launch of the eighth generation model in late 2021. But is it one you should consider buying? Let's find out.

What You Get

Mid-term facelifts are usually all style over substance. With the 2019 changes to this MK7 Astra though, it was the other way round. As before, there was a choice of two body styles, a five-door hatch or an alternative 'Sports Tourer' estate. You'd need to be a sales person or a fanatically loyal Astra owner to notice the visual changes made, which are only really evident at the front. The twin chrome lines that previously flanked the central brand badge on the grille were replaced by a single silver strip. That flows into the daytime running light elements in headlamps that with this post-'19 design feature full-LED illumination in most models. At the wheel, as with original MK7 Astras, the characteristic fascia element is what Vauxhall referred to as a 'blade'-style panel that stretches right across a cabin that remains ergonomic, quite nicely finished and, on plusher variants, relatively smart, though there's perhaps not quite the depth of quality you'd feel in a rival Volkswagen Group product. Infotainment's taken care of by a centre-dash screen of either 7 or 8-inches in size. Go for a car fitted with the 'Multimedia Navi Pro' package that gets you a bigger centre monitor and you also get a further 8-inch screen to replace the two conventional analogue dials you'd otherwise view through the three-spoke steering wheel. This instrument monitor can't show full mapping but it's highly configurable with all kinds of useful data. Finding a comfortable driving position is straightforward and on base models, we'd recommend finding a car whose original owner paid the small amount extra that Vauxhall asked for the superbly supportive 16-way-adjustable 'Driver's ergonomic active seat', certified by the German 'AGR' organisation who campaign for seat design better suited to healthier backs. What else? Well your over-the-shoulder visibility is a little compromised, but there's plenty of cabin storage space. In the back, once inside, it's actually a lot more spacious than the exterior dimensions and the outward styling lead you to expect. With the original version of this MK7 Astra, the designers pulled off the magic trick of reducing the wheelbase by 20mm at the same time as improving rear leg room by 35mm. We're still surprised by that; there's almost as much space for your knees as you'd find in a Skoda Octavia, the family hatch class leader in this regard. Scalloped front seat backs help here, as does the way that you can slide your feet properly right under the seat in front. Finally, let's consider luggage space, another area you'd think might have been compromised by this seventh generation model's slight reduction in size in post-2019 form. Actually when you raise the tailgate in the hatch version, there's a very usable 370-litre space (measured up to the parcel shelf). True, that isn't an especially noteworthy figure by period class standards, but it's not a bad showing for a car less than 4.4-metres in length. Earlier, we mentioned the Sports Tourer version's longer wheelbase; well as you'd expect, this facilitates a much greater level of capacity - 540-litres.

What You Pay

We'll quote prices for the hatch version; the Sports Tourer estate attracts a premium of around £500. Prices for the post-'19 facelifted MK7 Astra in 1.5-litre CDTi diesel form start from around £12,000 for a '19-plate car with popular 'Griffin' trim, with values up to around £14,000 for a '20-plate model. A 1.4-litre petrol model with 'SE' trim values at around £10,800 on a '19-plate, with values rising to around £12,200 for a '20-plate car. All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

What to Look For

This later MK7 Astra seems to have a reasonable quality record in this post-2019-era form, but we did come across complaints of cabin rattles in the interior. As is always the case with mainstream brand estate models, you'll want to keep a look out for thrashed company hacks or ex-hire fleet vehicles. Ensure that the car has been serviced on the button and that the mileage on the service record stamp tallies with what the odometer says. It's also worth checking the car for accident damage, as many cars will be de-fleeted early if they've had a prang and have been repaired. Ask the seller explicitly if the car has had accident damage and inspect the usual points for overspray and kinks in the under-bonnet flitch plates. The engines tend to be tough units with no serious problems to report. Make sure you check the infotainment system thoroughly. And inspect the cabin for signs of child damage. And the alloy wheels for signs of scratching. And of course insist on a fully stamped up service history.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2019 Astra 1.2 110PS excl. VAT) Using the volume 1.2-litre petrol model as an example, expect to pay around £25-£30 for an oil filter, around £21-£31 for a pollen filter and around £8-£27 for a wiper blade. Rear brake discs are around £113 for a set. Front brake pads cost in the £55-£100 bracket; rear pads are around £46 for a set. A headlamp costs in the £212-£260 bracket. A water pump is in the £112 bracket.

On the Road

When we tested this re-engineered MK7 Astra model in 2019, we discovered that we'd forgotten how good this Vauxhall was 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 improved the ride over poor surfaces and fresh calibration for the steering which improved body control at higher speeds. The lighter three cylinder engines that were fitted here also helped in this regard. Most will want the 1.2-litre petrol unit, offered in three flavours, with 110, 130 and 145PS - and if you want an auto gearbox, there's also a further 1.4-litre three cylinder petrol variant fitted with a 7-speed CVT self-shifter. From new, many customers opted to try the alternative diesel, another three cylinder powerplant, this one 1.5-litres in size offering a choice of either 105PS or 122PS outputs. The gutsier engine came with the option of Vauxhall's first 9-speed auto gearbox, a torque converter unit that shifts smoothly but isn't especially eager to kick down. Stick with the diesel and you'll get yourself an Astra whose combined cycle fuel economy is, in a manual 122PS model, WLTP-rated at up to 64.2mpg, with NEDC-rated CO2 emissions of 92g/km. Plus both diesel variants feature RDE2 compliance with the latest emissions regulations, which means that users will avoid the usual 4% Benefit-in-Kind diesel engine tax surcharge. These class-leading figures led Vauxhall to calculate that over a four year / 80,000 mile ownership period, a base diesel Astra would save you around £1,800 in running costs in comparison to an equivalent diesel Ford Focus.

Overall

Quite a few used car buyers ignored the original version of this seventh generation Astra 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. This later re-engineered post-2019 version of the MK7 design is though, worth a second look. Plus it was mainly British-made, 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 used car family hatchback shortlist if you're looking for a high value model from the 2019-2021 period. Fortunately for Vauxhall, there are also many others.

  • Laminated windscreen
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Rain sensitive windscreen wipers
  • Heated rear screen with timed cut off
  • Two speed windscreen wipers with variable intermittent wipe
  • 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

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

  • Central facia display with digital clock, outside air temperature and audio information
  • 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
  • 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

  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Automatically dimming anti dazzle rear view mirror
  • Twin electrically adjustable and heated 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
  • Gloss black finish C pillar
  • Chrome daylight opening function
  • Gloss black finish B pillar
  • Hidden exhaust pipe
  • Metallic paint
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Chrome bar with black radiator grille
  • Chrome side glass molding DLO in upper part only
  • High gloss exterior ornamentation
  • Upper and lower bumper design
  • Bonnet/headlight/wiper structure

  • Follow me home lighting
  • Chrome effect headlight
  • Automatic hazard warning light
  • Automatic lighting control with tunnel detection
  • Reversing light
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • LED side repeat indicators
  • High level LED centre rear brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • 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
  • 12V electrical accessory socket in front
  • Twin gas assisted tailgate struts
  • Two drinks holder in centre console
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • 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
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Titanium black roof lining
  • Storage compartment in centre console
  • Formula cloth upholstery
  • Front door pockets
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel
  • Adjustable front armrest
  • Rear door pockets
  • Interior tailgate handle
  • Retractable luggage cover

  • 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

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

  • Outer rear seatbelt pretensioners
  • Pedal release system
  • Height adjustable inertia reel front seatbelts
  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • Reinforced passenger safety cell
  • Deformation zones front and rear
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Single tone horn
  • Tyre deflation detection system
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • 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

  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • 2 way front passive headrest
  • Central rear seat headrests
  • 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
  • Remote control ultrasonic security alarm system
  • One flat and one rigid key with 2 button for lock/unlock
  • Engine deadlock and immobiliser
  • Electronically protected audio equipment

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

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

  • 18" Bi-colour alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 137
  • 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 - Comb - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.6

  • Generation Mark: 5
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • 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: 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
  • 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

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

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 540
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1630
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1870
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 48
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 660

  • 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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