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Hot or not? New Astra offers both

VAUXHALL has topped and tailed its Astra range with two new models – the 237bhp Astra VXR hot hatch and a more sedate 88bhp version of its CDTi common-rail diesel.

The Astra VXR comes in three-door Sport Hatch guise only and is priced at £18,995 – a £1,000 saving over the less powerful Volkswagen Golf GTi. The VXR should be a popular choice among user-choosers, with a 0-62mph time of just 6.2 seconds and a Lotus-tuned chassis. To mark it out from its lesser stablemates, the VXR gets 18-inch wheels and bodykit, plus carbon-effect trim inside and an alloy gearknob.

At the other end of the performance spectrum is the new 1.3-litre CDTi diesel, which is available in Life, Club and Breeze trim levels. With combined economy of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 130g/km, the Euro IV-compliant car is in the lowest possible 15% benefit-in-kind tax band. Prices start at £13,895 on-the-road.

  • Vauxhall’s new-look Zafira range will be priced from £12,995 to £20,445 when it goes on sale in July. There will be five trim levels – Expression, Life, Club, Design and SRi – and a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, including a new 103bhp 1.6 Twinport and a 198bhp 2.0-litre Turbo. Later this year, a 237bhp VXR model will be launched.
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