In days gone by, news of a new diesel Vauxhall Astra would have sent you to the land of nod, but throw the inter-capitalised word BiTurbo into the mix and things start to sound a little more Vroom than Valium.
You’ll be able to order the new Astras from tomorrow, with deliveries starting in late 2012. We’re not mean enough to make you trawl through a press release, so below you’ll find five snippets most relevant to your interests.
1. Vauxhalls most powerful diesel ever
The concept of diesels producing big numbers is no longer alien to us, but with just shy of 200 horsepower – 195 PS, to be precise – the new twin-turbocharged diesel is Vauxhalls most potent one yet. With 400 newton-metres of torque, it should take very little coaxing to travel at great speed, too. Top speed is 135mph, and 0-60mph is covered in under 8 seconds.
It doesn’t just feature tasty outputs – the BiTurbo models also make use of plenty of technology. Stop/start is standard, helping you save a little diesel at the lights, while sequential turbochargers handle each end of the rev range to reduce turbo lag. As much as 320 Nm is available from a lazy 1,250 rpm.
3. Styling tweaks
Not only were diesel Astras of the dim and distant past soporific to drive, but they were about as visually stimulating as a soggy cardboard box on an overcast day. Not so the current model – you’ll likely have noted its sleek silhouette on the roads, and a new grille, indicators and a host of sporty features add drama to the BiTurbo models.
4. Estate of the art
Its not just Vauxhalls most powerful diesel, but dropped under the bonnet of the Sports Tourer model its also the most powerful estate in the class – at least until the less dieselly Ford Focus ST estate arrives, touting 250 horsepower.
5. Pricing and more
If you want the five-door hatchback you’ll be signing away £24,095 of your hard-earned, while the estate (okay, okay – Sports Tourer) model starts at £25,110. Buyers also get Vauxhalls Lifetime Warranty, which like a life jail term doesnt really last for life, but 100,000 miles instead.
As is increasingly the case with diesels, these’ll appeal most to company users, with relatively low CO2 emissions of 134g/km. Company hacks and private buyers alike will also appreciate the 55.4mpg average, which is pretty good given the performance.
Its the estate that appeals the most, with a strong mix of practicality, performance, parsimony and pleasing looks.
For more information, check out our full review of the Vauxhall Astra alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos!