UL Drives: Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi GTC

by • December 8, 2015 • Events, InteriorsComments (0)1999

Ulster Life drives the Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi GTC

In the last 40 years nearly 3 million Vauxhall Astras have been sold in the UK across 6 generations. That’s an incredible figure and one that points firmly at the Astras appeal as an affordable, fashionable, family car for the modern British or Irish family.

The latest generation of the Astra comes at an opportune time for the Ellesmere Port Company with hatchback market leader VW suffering a recent 20% decline in Golf sales on the back of the emission scandal that first broke in the United States. The perfect storm for Vauxhall and their new Astra.

Luckily for Vauxhall they’ve made a car that feels German with a sprinkle of Italian flair. The quality of the materials used and the ride and handling all make for an enjoyable drive and the car tested came on massive 20” wheels that would normally result in a juddering drive on the smoothest of surfaces. The Astra handled the rocky B roads of NI with ease.

Inside it’s become a gadget lover’s paradise with a huge 8 inch infotainment screen that syncs to your smart phone via Apple CarPlay. Really the car becomes an extension of the phone with everything integrating flawlessly. Vauxhall’s clever OnStar feature also creates a 4G in-car hotspot as well as connecting you to a 24/7 365 personal assistant.

Over all this is a real contender in the premium Hatchback arena. And starting at just £15,240 it offers a huge amount when you start comparing to the prestige badges of Audi, BMW, VW and Mercedes. Badge snobs had better beware. This new 7th Generation Astra isn’t just here to make up the numbers.


Car tested: Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi GTC

Official MPG Combined: 74.3

Max Speed: 127

0-60MPH: 9.0s

Contact Charles Vauxhall (Belfast, Lisburn or Portadown) for more details or to arrange a test drive


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