Vauxhall announces new Astra car

Vauxhall has introduced a new version of its Astra car, offering a host of features including satellite navigation.

The five-door hatchback, which is expected to take on similar models manufactured by rival firms Ford and Volkswagen, is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo engine. Prices will start at £18,110.

The Astra ES Tech flaunts 17in alloy wheels and aircon, together with CD player, MP3, USB, iPod control, seven speakers, aux-in socket, Bluetooth and a DAB radio.

Most Astra models are already equipped with curtain airbags, ESP, daytime running lights, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. And the latest car will include these alongside the new features.

The diesel model of the new Astra ES Tech is powered by the 125 horsepower 1.7 CDTi engine. It emits less than 120g/km CO2 and is included in the company's ecoFLEX range of vehicles.

Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall's managing director, said: "We know that the competition is fierce in the compact class, so the Astra needs to deliver. The new ES Tech models now raise the bar for value and equipment levels in the class and should make buyers think twice before putting their hard-earned cash down on a Ford or VW."

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