New Astra boosts Scots leader 01 | 02 | 2011

    SCOTLAND'S MARKET leader Vauxhall today launched a new model in the Astra range. The ES Tech is aimed squarely at attracting more buyers who previously have chosen similarly-priced five-door hatch rivals from Ford and VW.

    Starting at just £18,110 for the 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo model, the ES Tech comes with a CD500 Satnav system (including CD player, MP3, USB, iPod control, seven speakers and aux-in socket), Bluetooth, a DAB radio, 17-inch alloy wheels and aircon all as standard.

    All this is in addition to the already generous level of standard equipment found in most Astra models, such as curtain airbags, ESP, daytime running lights, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

    Vauxhall — which led the new car sales market in Scotland last year, with the Astra and Corsa dominating the market — highlights that compared with the £800 more expensive VW Golf 1.4 TSI (122PS) Match, the Astra ES Tech 1.4 Turbo gains satnav, in addition to offering an extra 18PS of power from its 140PS engine. The Astra’s benchmark performance figures also beat the Golf’s, with a 0-60mph time of 9.0 seconds and top speed of 126mph. Game, set and match to the Astra?

    For diesel buyers, the Astra ES Tech is available with the 125PS 1.7 CDTi engine, and with sub-120g/km emissions this version is one of Vauxhall’s growing range of ecoFLEX models. At £19,530, the ES Tech ecoFLEX gains key items of standard kit over Ford’s new challenger including satnav and cruise control. Performance is still impressive (0-60mph in 10.7s, top speed of 122mph), but it also has a combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg, making it one of the most efficient cars in its class.

    “We know that the competition is fierce in the compact class, so the Astra needs to deliver,” Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s MD said. “The new ES Tech models now raise the bar for value and equipment levels in the class and should make buyers think twice before putting their hard-earned cash down on a Ford or VW.”

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    Jim McGill

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