► Updated Astra hatch is here
► Refreshed engine range
► Plus a few new tech options
It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it update for the Vauxhall Astra hatch for 2019, but there’s more changes under the skin.
In order for it to keep up with the recently refreshed (and really rather good) Ford Focus, Luton’s perennial family car has new engines and gearboxes and a couple of tech updates, too.
Give me the powertrain lowdown
The whole engine range has been overhauled. There are three power variants of a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo (108, 128 and 143bhp) and a 1.4-litre with 143bhp, with the smaller three-pots using a six-speed manual and the 1.4 being CVT-only. That’s a first for Vauxhall.
As for diesel power, a 1.5 with either 104bhp or 120bhp make up your choices, with the latter having a nine-speed auto on the options list. Vauxhall claims the Astra’s new engine range means up to 19% better fuel economy and emissions compared to before; the best claimed economy figures under the WLTP emissions tests are 54.3 for the petrol range and 64.2 for the diesels.
What else is new?
Aside from the slightly tweaked face and new shock absorbers, the front and rear cameras for driving assistance and parking tech are of a higher resolution. Wireless phone charging is available and the new Multimedia Navi Pro (something that’s already on the Insignia) has connected services for the navigation.
Vauxhall’s OnStar service has been biffed off – a victim of the post-PSA streamlining – and replaced by an optional e-call system. A beefy Bose stereo and heated windscreen also join the available tech.
We’ll get to drive the new Astra later in the summer.
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