2016 Vauxhall Astra review – new Astra is best yet, but can it excite? - Performance and 0-60mph time

With an excellent engine and an outstanding ride the new Astra has some great attributes, but sadly it isn’t a drivers’ car

Evo rating
Price
from £15,295
  • Great engine, unexpectedly fast and feels well built
  • Overall, just not very exciting

Performance and 0-60mph time

First of all, the Astra is fast. Not gut-wrenchingly, pinned-to-the-back-of-your-seat quick, but far faster than a non-VXR Astra has any right to be. The 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine, the most powerful engine on offer, gives the Astra a surprising turn of pace. 197bhp is a lot for just an ordinary hatch back, a couple of years ago that was the realm of hot hatches. The figures suggest it’s quick too, with a 0-60 time of 6.6sec. That’s 0.1sec quicker than a first generation, manual Porsche Boxster! The Astra doesn’t make a fuss of going fast, if you don’t pay close attention to your speed, you can find yourself going unexpectedly quickly.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/news/22743/gordon-murray-automotive-t50-revealed-the-real-mclaren-f1-successor
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 revealed – the real McLaren F1 successor

Gordon Murray’s T.50 is the pinnacle of supercar engineering on the eve of an electrified future
4 Aug 2020
Visit/ferrari/roma
Ferrari

Ferrari Roma 2020 review – a new take on the Italian GT

Direct, engaging handling and superb ride quality, plus strong performance: the sharp-suited Roma nails its GT brief
5 Aug 2020
Visit/news/20376/scuderia-cameron-glickenhaus-004s-order-books-open-for-674bhp-three-seater
News

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S: order books open for 674bhp three-seater

Announced in 2017, the road-legal Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S is now set to enter production later this year
6 Aug 2020
Visit/best-cars/15315/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps20000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £20,000 – evo garage

The evo team pick their favourite used performance cars
4 Aug 2020