Vaxuhall Astra ES Tech

It’s not a secret that Ford Focus and VW Golf are the best selling hatchbacks in the UK, and have been for decades!

But now Vauxhall is going to change this once and for all by offering a new version of the new Astra which offers better value than both those cars and undercuts them pricewise.

The car gets all of the features on the options list and can be had with either a 1.4 liter Turbo petrol engine that rivals VW Golf or a 1.7 CDTi engine that takes on the Ford. The Astra ES Tech gets features not very common for this class, such as Satnav, DAB, aircon & Bluetooth among many standard-fit items and has a starting price of £18,110.

astra tech Vaxuhall Astra ES Tech

More details in the press release below:

A new model joins Vauxhall’s Astra range today, which squarely targets similarly-priced five-door hatch rivals from Ford and VW by offering levels of standard equipment and trim not usually seen outside the options list.

Starting at just £18,110 for the 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo model, the ES Tech comes as standard with a CD500 Satnav system (including CD player, MP3, USB, iPod control, seven speakers and aux-in socket), Bluetooth, a DAB radio, 17-inch alloy wheels and aircon. This complements the already generous level of standard equipment found in most Astra models, such as curtain airbags, ESP, daytime running lights, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Which is bad news for the Astra’s rivals. Compared with the £800 more expensive VW Golf 1.4 TSI (122PS) Match, the Astra ES Tech 1.4 Turbo gains satnav, in addition to offering an extra 18PS of power from its 140PS engine. The Astra’s benchmark performance figures also beat the Golf’s, with a 0-60mph time of 9.0 seconds and top speed of 126mph. Game, set and match to the Astra?

For diesel buyers, the Astra ES Tech is available with the 125PS 1.7 CDTi engine, and with sub-120g/km emissions this version is one of Vauxhall’s growing range of ecoFLEX models. At £19,530, the ES Tech ecoFLEX gains key items of standard kit over Ford’s new challenger including satnav and cruise control. Performance is still exceptional (0-60mph in 10.7 seconds, top speed of 122mph), but with a combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg, this Astra ES Tech is one of the most efficient cars in its class.

“We know that the competition is fierce in the compact class, so the Astra needs to deliver.” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Managing Director. “The new ES Tech models now raise the bar for value and equipment levels in the class and should make buyers think twice before putting their hard-earned cash down on a Ford or VW.”

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