With this new Vauxhall Astra, Vauxhall have waited and waited to enter the cabriolet market and this new arrival looks set to serve them well.
This 140 bhp engine in the 1.8 litre variants we have looked at sits well with the other Vauxhall models and it also offers an easy step up class over the 105 bhp, 1.6 litre entry level model.
The 197 bhp Turbo option tops the range but the hike in price will put some buyers off. You can upgrade from the Vauxhall Astra Twintop 1.6 Sport to the 1.8 Sport but you’ll need an extra couple of thousand pounds or move from the 1.8 Sport to the Turbo.
The 1.8-litre model does offer the best value for money starting at around £18,300.
For your extra money your vehicle will be availed of 18” alloys front fog lights, trip computer, steering wheel mounted audio controls and remote control roof operation, all as standard features.
The top of the range Vauxhall Astra Design starts at £18,995 and gives you 17” 10 spoke alloys and a sports steering wheel as well as more superficial styling features designed to give it “edge”.
Rain sensitive windscreen wipers, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, automatic lighting control and a windbreak are also standard.
Design models also feature automatic pop-up rollover protection bars in place of static bars on the Sport models, making the lines even sleeker without compromising safety.
This is quite a technically sophisticated car. The technology used is impressive. The only problem is that this technology isn’t immediately apparent. In the used car market this is a lot of car for the money. With nice driving position and adequate room in the rear seats for an average adult everyone can stay comfortable. Netcar.co.uk recommend not going below the 1.8 litre models.