> All-new 8th generation Vauxhall Astra revealed
> Orders open Autumn 2021
> Estate model to follow
> Pricing TBC
Vauxhall is on a charge after years of mediocrity. The new Mokka SUV introduced a bold new design language for the marque, and that’s something that continues on this all-new Astra. Set to take on the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Golf, this distinctive hatchback certainly looks the part.
Vauxhall’s new glossy grille dominates the front facia and incorporates distinctive lighting signatures. This car has a considerably squarer stance than its predecessor and cuts a far sharper silhouette than some rivals. Two-tone paint options complete this modern design.
The interior is just as revolutionary as the exterior for this new Astra. Contrasting surfaces add plenty of character to the cabin, with glossy finishes and optional Alcantara serving to boost perceived quality. An Astra’s cabin was once a bland affair, but this new car certainly adds some character.
The big news is the addition of a pair of edge-to-edge 10-inch screens. This duo blends together for both instrumentation and infotainment. As clever as the big screens are, engineers have made the conscious decision to keep some key controls physical for ease of use.
Other tech highlights include advanced driver assists that comprise of a series of cameras and radar. It’s said that the new Vauxhall Astra is capable of semi-autonomous lane changes. Depending upon specification, things such as active cruise control, a 360-degree camera, and massaging seats can be had.
The new Astra shares its platform with the recently revealed Peugeot 308, so passenger space should prove perfectly adequate. However, we do already know that the glovebox will be on the small side due to its fusebox placement. Thankfully, there are other storage areas to take advantage of.
A 422-litre boot is pretty generous, being larger than that of a Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf. You’ll also find some underfloor storage, but if you want even more space there will be an estate coming in 2022.
The Vauxhall Astra comes with one of the largest ranges of powertrains currently on sale. Not only are there the conventional options of petrol and diesel, but also plug-in Hybrids and a pure EV model. The choice is totally yours.
The most potent plug-in model features a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The total output is 222bhp with an all-electric range of up to 35 miles via a 12.4kWh battery. A lower-powered 178bhp PHEV will do the same, with both cars utilising an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Conventional powertrains are supplied by a familiar 109bhp three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 128bhp four-cylinder diesel. Both get the choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or 8-speed automatic gearbox.
At this point in time, there isn’t any official pricing for the all-new Vauxhall Astra, but we do know that order books will open in the Autumn of this year. Deliveries are expected to begin early next year.
A yet to be revealed Sport Tourer estate model will join the range at some point in 2022.