While Americans are struggling with ridiculously, and needlessly high gas prices, Europe has it much worse. What this means is a high number of European drivers are choosing Diesel in order to be able to afford their daily commutes. Vauxhall is attempting to help them out by not only creating a great little diesel to help with the fuel situation, but also a powerhouse to add an exciting driver’s experience.
The 2013 Vauxhall Astra GTC is below VXR performance range and is the proud owner of a new turbodiesel 2.0 liter twin turbo diesel four cylinder. While that may not sound too thrilling, what is exciting is the 195 horsepower and impressive 295 pound feet of torque the engine offers. This is the same twin turbo oil burner that is in the larger Vauxhall model. In the smaller Astra GTC hatchback it adds a boost of power. The BiTurbo will go from 0 to 62 in 7.8 seconds and will cruise at a 139 miles per hour top speed. All this while getting 53.3 miles per gallon on the European combined cycle. Part of that fuel efficiency is credited to the standard stop/start system the Astra was built with.
Along with the new, fuel friendly engine, the 2013 Vauxhall Astra GTC received some pleasant updates that included the hatchback and the Sports Tourer Wagon Astra version. These updates include a reshaped tail, new front grille, bumper and lamps. It also got a front camera system that is equipped to help keep the new chin safe from running into curbs.
There is also a nice collection of options that will be available for the new Astra models. These include a Driver Assistance Package with Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Following Distance Indicator. It also comes standard with a LifeTime Warranty that is good for the life of the car, or 100,000 miles.