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Stylish all-new Vauxhall Astra promises improved drive

  • All new design promises quality and more space
  • Range of low tax versions
  • Competitive pricing combined with good equipment levels

This is the car that Vauxhall claims will raise the bar for company car drivers with improved quality, more space, better drive and more equipment as standard.

The addition of more economical (and more powerful) engines should also bring good news for company car drivers looking to cut costs. There's a new 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 140bhp and average fuel economy of 48mpg. With emissions of 139g/km it attracts annual BIK tax from £538 for standard rate tax payers for 2009/10. The equivalent model in the current Astra line-up - the 140bhp 1.8 VVT Life (air-con) has an annual bill of £713.

Those looking to cut costs to the bone can opt for the 1.3-litre CDTi ecoFLEX model, available from Spring 2010. It's not the cleanest hatchback of this size (the Golf Bluemotion and the 2010 Ford Focus Econetic are both down to just 99 g/km CO2), but with emissions of 109 g/km, it does qualify for the lowest company car band for diesels at 13 per cent and £35 per year road tax.

The Astra will also be available with adaptive suspension called FlexRide, which can be altered between three different settings - standard, sport and tour - depending on the driving conditions. There will be a wide range of diesel and petrol engines available including a high performance VXR version which will follow later.

The Astra is available to order now with the first cars arriving in showrooms in December.

 

Model

 

 

Price

CO2

S

1.4i 16v VVT 100PS

5 Speed

16,450.00

129

S

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

5 Speed

17,090.00

147

S

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

Automatic

18,265.00

167

S

1.7CDTi 16v 110PS

6 Speed

18,605.00

124

Exclusiv

1.4i 16v VVT 85PS

5 Speed

15,675.00

129

Exclusiv

1.4i 16v VVT 100PS

5 Speed

16,010.00

129

Exclusiv

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

5 Speed

16,650.00

147

Exclusiv

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

Automatic

17,825.00

167

Exclusiv

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

6 Speed

17,290.00

139

Exclusiv

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

Automatic

18,465.00

164

Exclusiv

1.7CDTi 16v 110PS

6 Speed

18,015.00

124

SE

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

5 Speed

18,850.00

147

SE

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

Automatic

20,025.00

167

SE

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

6 Speed

19,490.00

139

SE

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

Automatic

20,665.00

164

SE

1.6i 16v Turbo 180PS

6 Speed

21,200.00

159

SE

1.7CDTi 16v 110PS

6 Speed

20,365.00

124

SE

1.7CDTi 16v 125PS

6 Speed

20,955.00

124

SE

2.0CDTi 16v 160PS

6 Speed

21,540.00

129

SE

2.0CDTi 16v 160PS

Automatic

22,715.00

154

SRi

1.4i 16v VVT 100PS

5 Speed

17,565.00

129

SRi

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

5 Speed

18,205.00

147

SRi

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

Automatic

19,380.00

167

SRi

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

6 Speed

18,845.00

139

SRi

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

Automatic

20,020.00

164

SRi

1.6i 16v Turbo 180PS

6 Speed

20,555.00

159

SRi

1.7CDTi 16v 110PS

6 Speed

19,970.00

124

SRi

1.7CDTi 16v 125PS

6 Speed

20,560.00

124

SRi

2.0CDTi 16v 160PS

6 Speed

21,145.00

129

SRi

2.0CDTi 16v 160PS

Automatic

22,320.00

154

Elite

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

5 Speed

19,830.00

147

Elite

1.6i 16v VVT 115PS

Automatic

21,005.00

167

Elite

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

6 Speed

20,470.00

139

Elite

1.4i 16v Turbo 140PS

Automatic

21,645.00

164

Elite

1.7CDTi 16v 125PS

6 Speed

21,935.00

124

Elite

2.0CDTi 16v 160PS

6 Speed

22,520.00

129

Elite

2.0CDTi 16v 160PS

Automatic

23,695.00

154