Vauxhall Astra from First Vehicle Leasing
Family car with lots of kit
Enjoyable to drive
The Vauxhall Astra is a former European Car of the Year and it's a well-priced, well-equipped choice as a family car. There's a lot of comfort and it's a good performer around town and on motorways. The Astra is a practical choice as a well-built family hatchback.
Engines and performance for the Vauxhall Astra
Engine choices for the Vauxhall Astra include a 1.4 litre petrol unit producing 99 bhph. There are also some excellent turbocharged units including a 1.0 litre petrol engine producing 104 bhp, which is great to drive around town - though the 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engines producing either 123 bhp or 148 bhp deliver more flexibility and economy. For those who want better performance, the 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine will offer that and for those wanting the cheapest running costs, then the diesel units deliver. Of the diesel range, the entry-level 108bhp unit offers power and performance though the 1.6 litre diesel unit producing 136 bhp offers good performance and excellent fuel economy. There's a choice of two automatic transmissions or six-speed manual box, which is fitted as standard.
Equipment and handling
This is the seventh generation of the Vauxhall Astra and it has been a reliable alternative to some of its better-known rivals. The latest version has lots of equipment, lots of practicality and affordable running costs. It's also a nice car to drive and has picked up plaudits and awards since its launch - the Astra is an excellent all-rounder. The interior is practical and well-designed with hard wearing materials and a nice dashboard delivering everything a driver needs within easy reach. The Astra's suspension is impressive to smooth out rough roads and the car feels well planted, with little in the way of body roll to make it a comfortable and engaging car to drive. Standard kit includes a 7-inch colour touchscreen with DAB, Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone connection. Other models come with satnav and Vauxhall offers its OnStar system with a dedicated call centre, a wifi hotspot and online connectivity. There's also a long list of options and some drivers may like to consider parking sensors to help when reversing. Essentially, the Vauxhall Astra is a great choice for those wanting a practical family car that is also fun to drive.
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