Vauxhall launches budget Astra ES TechHigh-value model aims to tempt Ford and VW buyers

01 February 2011

Vauxhall Astra ES Tech

Vauxhall launches the new equipment-clad Astra ES Tech 

Vauxhall has announced a new, high-value addition to the Astra five-door hatchback range: the Astra ES Tech.

Available with a single petrol or diesel engine choice, the Vauxhall Astra ES Tech is crammed with kit, including satellite navigation.

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Vauxhall Astra ES Tech: satnav as standard

Vauxhall has introduced the Astra ES Tech in a bid to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf Match and other added value family cars.

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, DAB digital radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, six airbags, stability control, daytime running lights, steering-wheel mounted audio controls and – crucially – Vauxhall’s CD500 Satnav infotainment system.

This features satellite navigation, CD player, USB connection with iPod control, seven speakers and an aux-in socket. It isn’t the most intuitive system to use, but it is an extra on comparable Volkswagen and Ford models.

And, although you can buy a Renault Mégane in Dynamique TomTom with sat nav trim for less, the Astra has more powerful engines.

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Vauxhall Astra ES Tech rear three quarter

The Vauxhall Astra ES Tech is available with a petrol or diesel engine

Petrol or diesel?

That said, engine choice in the ES Tech is, however, limited to a single petrol and diesel unit.

The petrol is a 1.4-litre turbo, which with 138bhp outpowers rivals, such as the 120bhp 1.4 TSI turbo petrol VW Golf Match. The Astra will reach 62mph from rest in 9.0 seconds, and continue on to a top speed of 126mph.

Priced at £18,110, the Astra is also £800 cheaper than the Volkswagen.

Those more concerned with economy than performance can pick a 1.7-litre CDTi turbodiesel ES Tech instead. This emits 119g/km CO2 and returns a claimed 62.8mpg (the 1.4 turbo petrol manages 138g/km and 47.9mpg), yet still manages 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 122mph.

The diesel is priced at £19,530.

Both versions of the Vauxhall Astra ES Tech offer a good combination of equipment and value, and both are on sale now.

Use our petrol vs diesel tool to find out which will be cheaper to run for you

Read our full review of the Vauxhall Astra

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