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2016 (16) Vauxhall Astra GTC2.0T 16V VXR 3dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Cruise controlMulti function trip computer
PASService interval indicator
Vauxhall OnStar emergency assistance 

Entertainment

DAB Digital radioSteering wheel mounted controls

Exterior Features

Automatic lighting controlDigital high beam assist
Dual exhaust pipesElectric front windows
Electrochrome anti dazzle rear view mirrorLED rear lights
Rain sensitive windscreen wipersRear wiper
VXR air dam/body colour bumper with honeycomb sports front grille 

Interior Features

3 spoke flat bottomed leather steering wheelAlloy pedals
Driver's seat height adjusterFolding rear seats
Front armrestFront head restraints
Isofix system on outer rear seatsReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear armrestSports pedals
VXR alloy effect door sill coversVXR floor mats
VXR leather gear knob 

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS + EBD + EBA
Curtain airbagsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Dual hornESP
Side airbagsTraction control

Security

ImmobiliserRemote central deadlocking
Remote ultrasonic alarm system 

Technical

Flex ride system (adaptive chassis control) + Continuous Damper Control (CDC) 

Wheels

Tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.539CO2 (g/km)184
HC0.0024NOx0.0019
Particles0.0001Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1998Compression Ratio9.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)86Cylinders - Stroke (mm)86
Engine CodeA20 NFTEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)36.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)43.5EC Urban (mpg)27.7

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power280
Coin DescriptionT 16VCoin SeriesVXR
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0735EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years1NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %91
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %79NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %50NCAP Safety Assist %71
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage20000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)6Engine Power - BHP280
Engine Power - KW206Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT295
Engine Torque - MKG41Engine Torque - NM400
Engine Torque - RPM2500Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear245/40 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style5 SPOKEWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1482Length4466
Wheelbase2695Width1840
Width (including mirrors)2020 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)56Gross Vehicle Weight2045
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1165Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight570Max. Roof Load100
Minimum Kerbweight1475No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Vauxhall Astra VXR

The Vauxhall Astra VXR is a hot hatch with a devastating haymaker under the bonnet. Jonathan Crouch is left reeling.

Ten Second Review

Packing a solid 280PS and featuring a bombproof feel and sharp driving dynamics, the Vauxhall Astra VXR is a car that feels as if it's been engineered with care and not just to attain a headline-grabbing power figure. It's also probably the best-looking car in its class. In other words, there's a lot to like.

Background

The Vauxhall Astra VXR develops 280PS from its 2.0-litre engine. That in itself might not mean too much to you, but try this for perspective. Remember all those fantastic Japanese super coupes from the Nineties? Hero cars like the Honda NSX, the Toyota Supra Turbo and the Nissan Skyline GT-R? They were all packing 280PS too. It's a testament to how far we've coming in the few short years since then that a front-wheel drive hatchback can now easily handle that sort of power and handle superbly to boot. The VXR badge hasn't always been an exemplar of dynamic subtlety, but with this Astra, there are clear signs that here is car developed by people who get it, who know how to make a mechanically 'correct' vehicle. It's got some formidable rivals to face down, but the Astra VXR is making some real strides.

Driving Experience

There's talent here. The HiPerStrut front suspension does a great job of reducing front wheel camber changes during cornering, boosting steering feel and quelling undesirable torque-steer under hard acceleration. As a result, the VXR's front end feels enormously reassuring. Even with the stability control switched fully off, the chassis doesn't feel playful and delicate in its reactions, like that of a Renaultsport Megane, but it counters with a very Germanic feeling of healthy over-engineering. The three-stage FlexRide switches between 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'VXR' modes and adjusts both throttle action and damping: even the sportiest VXR mode works well on British roads. In addition to the work done by ZF Sachs on dampers, Vauxhall engineers have stiffened the standard springs by around 30 per cent and lowered the car by a further 10 millimetres all round, compared with a 1.6T Astra GTC. The ESP stability control can be switched from 'Normal' to 'Competitive' and then fully off. Unlike some rivals which feature a mimsy e-diff, the Astra gets a heavy duty mechanical multi-plate limited slip differential made by motorsport component manufacturer, Drexler. This offers great traction out of corners, where you can feel the diff dragging you to the apex under power. Delicious. As you'd expect, the VXR is properly rapid, smashing its way to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds on the way to a 155mph maximum. It also makes quite a few odd noises, the soundtrack being a symphony of chuffs, whistles and muted roars under full power. It's not a peaky engine, with maximum torque being developed all the way from 2,450 to 5,000rpm. As such, power delivery isn't as dramatic as you might expect, but it's one of those cars that can make effortless cross country progress and is always going 15-20mph quicker than your initial estimate.

Design and Build

The Astra VXR is based on the GTC three-door which is one of the best-looking hatches around. I can't think of a more handsome car in its class and the VXR builds on the GTC's fundamentally elegant lines, adding a well-judged amount of aggression without lapsing into caricature. Visual identifiers for the Astra VXR comprise a set of specially sculpted front and rear bumpers, side skirts, an aerodynamic roof spoiler and two exhaust tail pipes in a trapezoid shape. Inside, the VXR's cabin gets bespoke performance seats with embossed logos in the backs, a flat-bottomed VXR steering wheel and upgraded instruments. A little more about those seats. They look like Recaros and they feel like Recaros but they're not. In fact, they've been designed in-house and I have to admit, they're unexpectedly good. The seats are formed using an injection moulded sheet in the seat shells, which reduces their weight by 45 per cent compared with a conventional shell. The sheet is filled with a composite material and its strength and agility means that it only needs to be two to three millimetres deep. Pneumatically adjustable cushions in the seat sides add further levels of adjustability at the push of a button and provide a figure-hugging grip. The cabin feels genuinely solid; certainly a lot beefier in terms of materials quality than a Renault or Ford and probably on a par with a Volkswagen Scirocco. The boot measures 370 litres and the use of an electronic parking brake frees up space on the centre console for additional stowage.

Market and Model

You'll need to be fairly committed to the pastime of duffing up Porsche sportscars with an ordinary-looking hatchback to stand paying around £27,000 for the privilege of Astra VXR ownership. It's a sum that now looks a little self-conscious given the budget pricing of Ford's Focus ST. To be fair to Vauxhall, the Astra feels a premium product with more power and a higher level of standard equipment than Focus ST models with more eye-catching sticker prices. Vauxhall have decided to align things fairly closely to the Renaultsport Megane 265, which is perhaps this model's closest spiritual rival, and were you to sit in the two cars in a showroom, the Astra would win the orders all day long. The equipment list comprises 19-inch alloy wheels, a DAB stereo with USB input, an onboard computer, climate control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and fog lamps. The smaller steering wheel feels good in your hands with its perforated leather rim, while there's also a black headlining and a full leather pack for the seats available. The lack of a central touch screen is a bit of a strange omission but Vauxhall infotainment systems have never really been a company strong point. There are several option packs available, including the 'VXR Aero Pack' which adds bigger wheels, a spoiler, and side sills and which around 85% of VXR customers opt for. There's also the 'VXR Leather Seat Pack' which features heated and multi-adjustable front seats. A 'Performance Seat Pack' also features the multi-adjustable front seats but with cloth upholstery. Bi-Xenon and LED daytime running lights are an option, as are rear parking sensors, metallic paint and tinted windows.

Cost of Ownership

Even driven in a spirited fashion on the press launch, we saw around 24mpg and many other drivers who were a little less leaden-footed returned better than 30mpg on the cross country test route. Vauxhall quotes an economy figure of 34.9mpg which isn't out of the question on a moderate tootle but which would be hard to achieve if you used the car to the extent of its design remit. Carbon dioxide emissions are rated at 189g/km - not bad for such a potent car but bettered by many. Those figures are around 10 per cent better than this VXR's less powerful predecessor, helped by energy-saving features such as electrically-adjustable power steering, a start/stop system and better aerodynamics. Vauxhall plans to sell around 1,000 VXRs per year in the UK, which isn't a huge number, so used demand should bolster residual values reasonably well.

Summary

The Vauxhall Astra VXR is an interesting vehicle. It's intriguing from a technical perspective in the way that it makes 280PS through the front wheels seem like such a sensible engineering solution. It's thought-provoking in the way that its interior feels built better than you'd ever expect from this bluest of blue collar badges. It's a car that will focus your attention when it does what it's designed to do, namely demolish a series of corners with real aggression. It's like the Nissan GTR of hot hatches in that it gets the job done effectively, while at the same time making many of its rivals look a bit silly. But is it an easy car to fall in love with? That's a very different question. At no point during the drive did it tug at my heart strings in the way that a Megane 265 might, and I questioned why this was the case. It's well equipped, it's a lovely shape, it offers a great blend of ride, handling and sheer oomph and it's not overly showy. Perhaps it lacks that last couple of per cent that separate the very good from the great. Talking to some of the madly passionate engineers in charge of the project, I left in no doubt that if those last couple of per cent aren't quite there now, they'll be along shortly. This is one to watch.

Performance
80%
Handling
60%
Comfort
60%
Space
60%
Styling
60%
Build
60%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
50%
Depreciation
40%
Insurance
50%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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