Next-gen Vauxhall Astra arrives with plug-in option

As a much-loved family hatchback, the all-new Vauxhall Astra has been revealed for its eighth-generation, and is definitely going to be turning heads when it hits the road.

The all-new mk8 Astra will be the first version of the popular hatchback to date to offer drivers two electrified powertrains and plug-in hybrid power. This is also Vauxhall’s penultimate model to move across to the Stellantis developed platform; the company that confirmed in June they would be investing £100 million into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port here in the UK.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at what this new Astra is bringing to the table…

Exciting Exterior

It goes without saying, this all-new Astra has undergone a whole front-to-rear makeover. Using another one of Vauxhall’s cars, the Mokka SUV, as inspiration for the design, this eighth-generation Astra has adopted a new headlamp arrangement paired with a Vizor grille.

The headlights have donned the newest Intelli-Lux LED Pixel units specifically designed by Vauxhall, which include 168 individual LED elements – between both lamps – that can automatically adjust to their surroundings.

Meanwhile, the British car has increased its boot space to 422 litres of boot space and is measuring at 4374mm long and 1860mm wide. What is surprising is there has been a growth in the wheelbase, adding an extra 13mm to allow extra space for the passengers in the rear seats. As well, the Astra has larger wheel arches – allowing for up to 18in alloys – with the ability for a two-tone paint finish (similar to its SUV sibling).

Incredible Interior

If the changes on the outside weren’t exciting enough for you, just wait until you find out the changes to the cabin.

Vauxhall’s digital cockpit seen in the Mokka, the Pure Panel, has been brought into the Astra to push the vehicle further into the digital era. A duo of widescreen 10-inch displays sees an infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and another for all the car’s information such as the speedometer. Most of the physical buttons have been removed from the dashboard, only a few being included on the steering wheel to be easily accessed by the driver – which has also seen a revamp for its design.

Vauxhall has really focused on modernizing the Astra, as the handbrake is now electric and automatic editions come with a sliding gear selector rather than a stick – allowing for extra storage space within the front of the cabin.

Let’s Drive

That’s all great changing how the Astra is going to look, but does this high standard match with how it’s going to drive? Well, promised by Vauxhall, the handling will be “composed and dynamic”.

The family hatchback is set to offer a choice of two PHEV powertrains, as well as petrol and diesel powertrains. Using the Stellantis connection, meanwhile, the all-new Astra will share the same platform and plug-in hybrid system as the Peugeot 308 hatchback.

All of the PHEV options offer a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, offering between either 148bhp or 178bhp, and is mated to an electric motor that will offer an additional 109bhp electric motor, all through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Combined with a 12.4k lithium ion battery, the Astra will have a maximum range of roughly 31 miles on battery power alone. Same as the 308, the charge time will take around seven hours to its maximum.

The Astra’s conventional 1.2-litre turbo triple petrol and turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines will have a range of 108 and 128bhp, offering a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Overall, this is an exciting time for the push of PHEV vehicles, and Vauxhall’s option to bring its ever-present hatchback into the mix certainly looks to inspire the change in the rest of the industry.

Orders for the all-new Vauxhall Astra will begin in the autumn, with a view for the first cars to reach customers in spring 2022.

Excited for this stylish new family hatch? Get in touch with your nearest Stoneacre Vauxhall retailer.