Announced at the Geneva International Motor Show last week, the all-new Vauxhall Astra has been crowned European Car of the Year 2016.
Leading the way the Astra received a strong 309 points and 24 top marks from the panel of jurors. Its competitors, the Volvo XC90 managed to secure second place with 294 points and 11 top marks and third place was taken by the Mazda MX5 with 202 points and 13 top marks.
The 5-door hatchback sits on a new D2XX platform that has been engineered by Vauxhall to be up to 200kg lighter than before (depending on which car model), and still manages to match or surpass its rivals in performance, functionality and car efficiency.
In terms of in-car technology and equipment, the Astra has kept things such as Lane Keep Assist and Traffic Signs Recognition, and has added extras (some optional) such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and front seats with ventilation and massaging functionality!
The Astra’s power includes a new and flexible 1.4 Turbo TDI offered in 125 and 150 hp versions through to the high-performing and lively 1.6 Turbo with 200 hp. And in terms of efficiency, there are diesel options available including the 1.6 CDTI.
Added: 08 March 2016