To match the value offered by VW and Ford, Vauxhall launched a new feature-rich ES Tech trim level for the Astra hatchback. What they’ve done basically is offering what you would normally find on the option list as standard.
So the ES Tech comes as standard with a CD500 Satnav system (including CD player, MP3, USB, iPod control, seven speakers and aux-in socket), Bluetooth, a DAB radio, 17-inch alloy wheels and aircon. This complements the already generous level of standard equipment found in most Astra models, such as curtain airbags, ESP, daytime running lights, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Astra ES Tech can be had with a 140PS 1.4-litre Turbo and a base price of £18,110. You may also get the 125PS 1.7 CDTi diesel engine with sub-120g/km emissions and a sticker price of £19,530. The idea is that the petrol powered rival VW and the diesel, Ford!
“We know that the competition is fierce in the compact class, so the Astra needs to deliver.” said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Managing Director. “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.”