New 2022 Vauxhall Astra plug-in hybrid family hatchback unveiled

The new Astra will be available as a five-door hatchback or Sports Tourer estate, and with plug-in hybrid power for the first time; orders book open later this year

This is the all-new Vauxhall Astra. The latest version of Vauxhall’s compact family car is being brought up to date with new interior and exterior styling, adopting several elements from the Vauxhall Mokka and Vauxhall Grandland SUVs. It's also the first Astra to be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain – much like its French sister model, the new Peugeot 308.

Vauxhall has confirmed two performance levels of plug-in hybrid Astra, so we expect this new generation will be available with the same 178 and 222bhp electrified powertrains as the Peugeot 308. Both emit less than 30g/km of CO2 and are capable of up to 39 miles of pure-electric driving. Fuel economy and charging times for the plug-in Astras have yet to be announced, but we know that both versions will come with eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new Astra’s styling has been brought in line with other models in Vauxhall’s range. That includes the ‘Vizor’ front grille we first saw on the new Mokka and more recently on the facelifted Crossland and Grandland. Plus, the new Astra also gets adaptive IntelliLux LED headlights, comprising 168 LED elements, which were first seen on the latest Vauxhall Insignia saloon.

Inside, the Astra features a version of the Pure Panel digital cockpit from the Mokka and Grandland, too. This comprises a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, as well as a 10-inch digital driver’s display. All models also get voice controls for the car’s functions, plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new Astra also features autonomous driving and assistance systems, including semi-automatic lane changes and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. The four camera and five radar sensors located around the car, as well as ultrasonic sensors at the front and rear, provide data for the systems.

So far, we’ve only seen the new Astra in five-door hatchback form, but it has been confirmed that Vauxhall’s new electrified family car will also be available in Sports Tourer estate form. Vauxhall also hasn’t announced pricing for the new Astra yet, but we expect it'll start at close to £30,000 if you go for the plug-in hybrid version. First customer deliveries are expected to begin early in 2022.

The new Astra slots into Vauxhall's plan to offer a fully electrified range by 2024. It sits alongside the brand’s only two all-electric models, the Corsa-e and Mokka-e, as well as the plug-in hybrid Grandland SUV.

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