Introducing the All-New Vauxhall Astra HYBRID-e
The all-new Vauxhall Astra HYBRID-e is the plug-in hybrid version of the regular Astra.
It serves as a powerful and efficient alternative to the traditional petrol and diesel-powered versions, allowing drivers to travel short to medium distances on electric power alone.
When you need to travel further afield, the Astra HYBRID-e automatically transitions to hybrid power so you can continue on your way.
Range and Performance
The plug-in hybrid technology combines with a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 180bhp. Teaming up with the battery power, the most powerful all-new Astra PHEV produces a total output of 225bhp and 265lb ft, which are strong numbers for a car of this size.
Alternatively, there is a less powerful variant that produces a total of 180bhp. Either way, both versions of the all-new Astra PHEV can achieve the 0 to 62mph dash in between 7.7 and 7.9 seconds.
On a combined cycle, the plug-in hybrid technology allows the all-new Astra to achieve between 201.8 and 256.8mpg when the batteries are fully charged. Emissions are also as low as 24 to 31g/km CO2 and the all-new Astra can travel up to 35 miles on battery power alone.
The plug-in hybrid version of the all-new Astra is fitted with a 12.3kWh battery, and can be charged using a traditional household 3-pin socket, or through a dedicated wallbox charger.
Alternatively, there are a variety of public charging stations readily available.
Vauxhall haven't released any official figures for charging times yet. However, based on the size of the battery as well as the charging speed of your regular household socket (circa 3kW) and wallbox charger (circa 7kw), you can expect the all-new Astra PHEV's batteries to be charged in approximately 2 to 5 hours. Naturally, this depends on the type of charger you use.
Test drive the All-New Vauxhall Astra HYBRID-e
There can be no denying the futuristic elements that Vauxhall have incorporated into the all-new Astra HYBRID-e, which offers a great all-round package.
Although the regular petrol and diesel engines are going to be very efficient, the introduction of a plug-in hybrid drivetrain will be a welcome one if you're a motorist wanting to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
If you'd like to test drive the all-new Astra, then please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw Vauxhall retailer.