Fleet News

Our fleet: Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTI Tech line GT 136 - Dec 2014

Vauxhall
BIK List Price
£20,310
Vauxhall Astra BIK list price
BIK Percentage
18%
Vauxhall Astra BIK Percent
CO2
110g/km
Vauxhall Astra CO2
Combined MPG
67.3
Vauxhall Astra MPG

Review

A 600-mile round-trip to Ireland over Christmas saw our long-term Astra confirm itself as an accomplished long-distance motorway cruiser.

Split into two 300-mile journeys four days apart, the hatchback was refined and comfortable, while its 136hp 1.6 CDTi engine provided enough power in all situations. Interior space was ample in both the front and the rear for passengers, while its 370-litre boot managed to swallow all the Christmas presents destined for my family.

The standard sports seats offered plenty of support meaning no aches at the end of the journeys, while the long trip also revealed a nice feature of the Astra’s media system. It was tuned to Radio 2 on DAB, but when it lost signal it automatically retuned to the same station on FM until the DAB signal strength increased, at which point it switched back for uninterrupted listening.

However, the Astra’s duties over Christmas also saw me wince quite a lot. Tech Line GT trim features sports styling, 18-inch alloy wheels and lowered suspension. This gives it a purposeful look, but a black plastic skirt under the front bumper can scrape on the ground when going up or down some ramps.

Not long after I took the keys to the Astra, I changed my parking spot at the office to avoid a reasonably steep incline. Over time I had forgotten about this, but the memories came flooding back when I was Christmas shopping and ended up on the 10th floor of a multi-storey car park.

Going up was fine, but on the way down I winced at the bottom of every ramp as the skirt grounded with an unpleasant grinding noise.

Andrew Ryan

Top Speed
125mph
Vauxhall Astra Top Speed
VED band
B
Vauxhall Astra Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Vauxhall Astra Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £6,275
4 Year 80k : £4,950
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 35.81
4 Year 80k : 31.70

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

Vauxhall Corsa first drive | best-seller is now even better

Based on the same platform as the new Peugeot 208, the Corsa is about as far from its predecessor as it could get.

Our fleet: Golf GTD 2.0-litre TDI 184 PS 5dr - September 2014

We’ve said farewell to our Golf GT TSI and replaced it with…another Golf.

Search Car Reviews



Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Comment as guest


Login  /  Register

Comments

No comments have been made yet.