This brings additional phone integration benefits such as real-time traffic information or the latest maps, and thanks to the map data being stored on a server instead of the phone, it saves memory on the device. The suspension geometry and the tuning of the bushes are designed to provide both lateral stiffness and longitudinal compliance for excellent handling and good ride comfort. Depending upon the driving situation, it is possible for braking to be applied to one, two or three wheels at once, and, if necessary, the electronic throttle opening may be reduced. The underside of the car now has airflow-optimised structures and battery attachment. Refinement is generally is good, though, and the Astra stays hushed as a motorway cruiser, with road and wind noise well suppressed and just a bit of vibration through the pedals. Enhanced lateral stability for improved handling and greater ride comfort is provided by the Watt's link, now even lighter in weight.
In addition, OnStar subscribers can also download the MyVauxhall Smartphone App. On the road, this effectively reduces any lateral movement of the axle, increasing vehicle stability. Or more likely, because you were given the keys by your company Fleet Manager. Uwe Mueller, the designer in charge of drawing the Astra, told me that he gave his team five main tasks. This was achieved through the use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength low-weight steels, more compact subframes and weight reductions to the front and rear axle. Ultrasonic sensors permanently scan wide areas around the vehicle at speeds ranging from 6mph to 87mph.
In the new Astra, speed limits are permanently displayed on the screen located between the speedometer and the rev counter, reducing the risk of speeding tickets. Vauxhall engineers estimate that this link absorbs about 80 per cent of all lateral loadings on the rear suspension. Most notably, it has a gearbox with taller gearing than the more powerful models, although the 110 Ecoflex actually has the same amount of torque as the 134bhp diesel. The aluminium engine block weighs 10kg less than the cast-iron block of the previous 1. There's plenty of technology too, including 1.
With the cost of a more expensive battery, starter motor, testing + electrics would be around £200 and would take around 5 years to repay itself by then you'd need a new expensive battery and would be worse off. Accounting for 12 per cent of C-Segment sales, key rivals in this fiercely competitive sector include the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf. The company car of choice in the new range. Up-front, there's the expected smart fascia with splashes of chrome and the expected standard touchscreen infotainment screen that as usual reduces dashboard button clutter. Vauxhall is aiming to acheve big things with the seventh generation Astra. A further 50kg was shaved from the weight of the chassis. The matrix segments and the function are activated at vehicle speeds over 35mph.
Best of all perhaps, this car offers higher interior quality and claims to be sharper to drive. Whereas the previous version used a cable puller, a new 'Motor on Caliper' MoC concept actuates the rear brakes directly, eliminating cable losses. Most Astra buyers though, are probably going to want a diesel. The new rear axle now sits higher compared with the outgoing model, no longer providing an obstacle for air flowing under the car. Wellness massage, ventilation and heating Seats should not only keep drivers securely in place, they should also keep them warm or cool depending on the prevailing conditions. More than 25 per cent of British motorists have either owned or driven an Astra, so reaction to a new model will always be felt across the market. For a personalised finance quote that's right for you, your budget and the way you use your car, contact us.
Lane Departure Warning, now also with Lane Keep Assist, is an active safety feature making its Vauxhall debut in the new Astra. Stick to the essentials that will make the vehicle more appealing to its potential second owner and you shouldn't do too badly. They have a sport button that allows you to add a bit more weight to the steering, although not enough to trouble the sweet-handling Focus. Electronic Drag Torque Control avoids wheel slip caused by high engine drag torque and maintains vehicle steerability. It is automatically disengaged when the vehicle drives off. Buyers after more grunt can step up to a new 1.
The app also enables the subscriber to remotely access important vehicle data such as oil life and tyre pressure, or to remotely lock or unlock their car. The new Astra's reduced dimensions also have a positive impact on overall drag, with a cross sectional area of around 0. Switches and controls are reduced to an absolute minimum, supporting the efficiency and ease of use that is at the core of the Astra. Shedding almost 200kg compared with its predecessor, the latest Astra is surprisingly agile through corners. Then like us, you might think that this could be an extremely tough rival for segment-leading Golf and Focus models.
Now I reckon that is real world in the real sense, and even if some adjustment is made for computer inaccuracy it still looks reasonable. The , Ford Focus and — to name a notable few — are all jostling for sales, elbows out, in this segment with similarly eco-friendly credentials. On the road, a wide selection of shift patterns is adapted to the style and habits of the driver, anticipating when maximum acceleration or maximum efficiency is required. We look forward to seeing you in a branch soon! Not up with Golf, Focus or 308, but pensioners will love it. If operating costs are your biggest worry then step forward the 1.