Vauxhall Astra 6th best selling UK car
February 26, 2014

The Vauxhall Astra has claimed the 6th position in the top ten best selling cars for 2014. In January alone, the company sold over 3,399 models. The long time rival to the Ford Focus is a big, comfortable car for the family hatch class and it's stylings are best shown in the coupe-like GTC variants.

The Vauxhall company have been producing Astra models since 1979 and it has been a UK favourite for a long time. The most recent version, the MKV, was launched in 2009 marking a significant change in the firm's family hatchbacks, seeing the overall looks replaced with a sleeker sportier design.


The Vauxhall Astra specs

Power is provided for the Astra through various engine choices. There are entry level 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol engines, turbocharged 138 brake horse power 1.4 litre and 178 brake horse power 1.6 litre petrol engines also available. For diesel models, the engine choices are between a 1.3 litre, 1.7 litre or 2.0 litre unit. Recently the company have also added a 2.0 litre BiTurbo diesel to their range, providing drivers with 192 brake horse power and rivalling the Volkswagen Golf GTD.

Power is supplied to the wheels through a long throw five or six speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six ratio auto as an option. A Flexiride system is also available as an option, tweaking dampers, steering and throttle for sportier responses.


The Vauxhall Astra styling and tech

The Astra model takes it's design cues from the brand's Insignia model and is available in a wide array of trim levels. These include the Expression, Design, Energy, Limited Edition, Tech Line, Tech Line GT, SRi, Elite and B-Turbo. All versions, except for the entry level Expression model, receive alloy wheels and extra chrome embellishments. Air conditioning, electric windows and an aux-in socket are standard across the range, with higher spec models gaining leather trim and climate control as standard.

The Astra model has been awarded a five star rating by Euro NCAP for it's six airbags and electronic stability control, with active head restraints standard on the Sri models and above. Adaptive Xenon headlights are also offered on the Vauxhall Astra as a

n option for better night time vision in corners.

Only time will tell if the Vauxhall Astra is able to retain or improve on it's place as 6th best selling UK car model in the future.


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