2015 Vauxhall Astra SRi Nav 1.4 150 Turbo review
Source : 2015 Vauxhall Astra SRi Nav 1.4 150 Turbo review
Vauxhall’s all-fresh Astra arrives, in what might well be the most important fresh car launch This particular year This particular’s the fresh Vauxhall Astra, which means This particular’s quite important. tiny family cars are writ so large into the fortunes of mainstream car companies which none of them dares to be without one.Even Nissan, which successfully hung its fortunes on crossovers in addition to SUVs, was told by fleets This particular needed a conventional hatch in addition to therefore ponied up the Pulsar. If you want to sell lots of cars in Europe – as Vauxhall/Opel already does – you have to offer a tiny family car, which is actually why right now even Mercedes-Benz, Audi in addition to BMW sell them, as if the mid-market wasn’t having a hard enough time already. There is actually probably no more important car to be launched This particular year, then, than the fresh Astra. in addition to here This particular is actually, tested near Vauxhall’s Luton HQ, cars with right-sided steering wheels adorned with Griffin badges, rather than as Opel-badged left-hookers driven inside the south of France or Spain.For why? Because Britons buy Astras in greater numbers than anybody else, because This particular is actually ‘Brit-built’, says Vauxhall like a red-top headline, in addition to because we get an Astra whose driving characteristics are tuned specifically for our roads. Vauxhall in addition to Opel have, no question, put the hours in on This particular one.First, then, the oily parts. The Astra sits on a fresh platform which is actually lighter than the one which preceded This particular, partly because This particular’s shorter (by 5cm), although mostly because This particular is actually more cleverly designed.The Astra’s Centeng-in-white right now weighs 280kg, down through 357kg. This particular’s only one part of a weight loss regime which means the Astra – like for like, not some kind of fudge where you swap a 2.0 for a 1.6 in addition to a torque converter for a dual-clutch automatic gearbox – is actually at least 120kg lighter than This particular was before. Fudge things through downsizing in addition to so on in addition to you can make a fresh Astra appear 200kg lighter than the old one.This particular’s one of those virtuous circles; a lighter Centeng in addition to suspension means wheel sizes are smaller (18in is actually right now the biggest), as are the brakes which sit within them.There’s still MacPherson struts at the front in addition to a torsion beam with Watt’s linkage at the rear, although the front suspension cannot accept the ‘HiPerStrut’, as used by powerful versions such as the previous VXR, in addition to the platform isn’t being asked to underpin a crossover too. This particular’s leaner in addition to cheaper – shorn of fripperies. In political speak, Vauxhall might have made ‘efficiencies’. through which point of view, This particular’s a car of our time.My hunch is actually which the Astra is actually significant not just as a fresh Vauxhall although as the most notable among a fresh generation of family cars, which will place weight reduction at the top of the agenda. We’ve had the fat early 2000s – the 2008 Audi RS6 which weighed 2145kg in addition to averaged 16mpg in our hands – until This particular all got a bit silly in addition to right now motoring is actually as austere as the rest of the planet.The Astra has no flat underfloor tray, because This particular might be too expensive in addition to too heavy. Instead, the underbody itself is actually flattened in addition to suspension parts are hidden inside the kind of thinking which will let a 1.6 Ecoflex diesel emit just 82g/km of CO2 when This particular arrives.This particular hasn’t arrived yet, though. For the moment, we’ve tried a 1.6-litre diesel (to be road tested soon) in addition to a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, which I’m majoring on here. As with the latest Ford Focus, there’s a 1.0 petrol triple, too.
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