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Vauxhall Astra Electric Review

The Vauxhall Astra Electric is an all-electric version of the popular family hatchback, it’s good to drive and the fuss-free dashboard design is a welcome antidote to over-complex in-car displays.

  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
  • Vauxhall Astra Electric
Green Car Guide Rating: 8/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Vauxhall Astra Electric Ultimate
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 258 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   100 kW

Summary

  • All-electric version of the big-selling family hatchback
  • Fuss-free design – inside and out
  • Does everything perfectly well
  • 258-mile electric driving range

Background

Electric cars in all shapes and sizes have been appearing over recent years, but there’s been one notable exception – the Vauxhall Astra, a big-selling family hatchback. However that has now been remedied, because you can now buy an all-electric Astra; can it compete with its petrol counterpart?

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Design & Engineering

The Vauxhall Astra, like the Vauxhall Corsa, has been designed to be as simple as possible, helping to differentiate it from the Peugeot 308, which shares the same platform, but exhibits more flamboyant design.

Under the skin, both the Astra and the 308 have the same 54 kWh battery, 156 PS electric motor, and front-wheel drive.

The interior displays a similar, simple design approach as the exterior, combined with some familiar Stellantis features such as the gear selector. Rear legroom isn’t huge, and the boot space is actually smaller than the petrol Astra, at 352 litres rather than 422 litres, or 1,268 litres with the rear seats folded down.

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Vauxhall Astra Electric Driving Experience

There’s very little to fault the driving experience of the Vauxhall Astra Electric – and it’s certainly better to drive than the petrol model. You benefit from the normal smooth, instant responses of the electric powertrain’s torque, along with excellent refinement, which is evident in normal driving and on the motorway. However, with a 0-62 mph time of 9.2 seconds, the Astra Electric’s performance isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it’s perfectly sufficient for most drivers.

Ride quality is comfortable, even on poor quality urban roads. And because the Astra isn’t an SUV, the handling benefits from its lower centre of gravity.

The normal Stellantis gear selector allows you to move a switch for Reverse or Drive, and to push small buttons for ‘B’ (increased brake regeneration) or Park. There are three drive modes, Eco, Normal and Sport.

The overall design philosophy aims for a non-fussy approach, which is evident with the exterior design, and also the interior – and this works well. The central 10-inch colour touchscreen, displaying media information and cabin temperature on its home screen, is clear, as is the 10-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver, and there’s even a head-up display. Increasing numbers of cars seem to be gaining over-complex infotainment systems, but the Astra is a great example of how things can work perfectly well when they’re kept simple. Having a central touchscreen, a driver’s instrument display and a head-up display is also much better than just having one central touchscreen.

The Astra even has clear physical buttons; there are two rows of buttons under the central touchscreen, these are mostly climate controls, including cabin temperature controls, and there’s also a home button for the touchscreen. To view the satnav you need to swipe the home screen to the side, and if you do this again, you get a screen showing the main infotainment controls. There’s even a traditional volume control on the dashboard, which is user-friendly – and something which is becoming increasingly rare on new cars.

The lane keeping assistance can be switched off reasonably painlessly, via the vehicle button.

The driver’s seat base and back rest can be adjusted electrically, but to move the seat forward and backwards you need to use a separate, traditional mechanism under the seat.

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Vauxhall Astra Electric Range and Charging

The Vauxhall Astra Electric has an official combined WLTP electric driving range of 258 miles. Although the car was typically displaying 262 miles of range, it was averaging 220 miles in terms of real-world range.

Another impressive feature of the Astra Electric is its energy efficiency, with electric consumption of 4.2 miles/kWh.

The Astra Electric has a maximum rapid charging rate of 100 kW, which is the standard figure for most Stellantis products. This allows a 20% to 80% charge at a 100 kW DC charger to be completed in 26 minutes.

An 11kW on-board charger can deliver a 0% to 100% AC charge in 5 hours 45 minutes using workplace charging, or 8 hours using a 7kW home charger.

The Astra Electric has a heat pump which aims to minimise any loss of battery range from heating the cabin in cold weather.

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Vauxhall Astra Electric

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Price And Model Range

The Vauxhall Astra Electric Ultimate is priced at £43,260. Our test car had the option of Cobalt Blue tri-coat metallic paint (£700), taking the total price of our car to £43,960.

The Vauxhall Astra Electric is available in three trim levels: Design, GS and Ultimate.

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Vauxhall Astra Electric

Conclusion

The Vauxhall Astra Electric may have taken longer to come to market than some other electric products from the brand, but it’s now here, offering a family hatchback with zero tailpipe emissions. The design approach is fuss-free, and this actually works well in terms of the cockpit; the infotainment system provides the information you need rather than overwhelming you with lots of information that you don’t need. There’s very little wrong with the driving experience, and it sits towards the more affordable end of the EV price spectrum, which is very welcome. The Vauxhall Astra Electric is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 8 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Vauxhall Astra Electric Review

  • Test electric driving range: 220 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 4.2 miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2024/25): 2%
  • Price:   £43,260
  • Insurance group:   26 E
  • Power:   156 PS
  • Torque:   270 Nm
  • Max speed:   105 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   9.2 seconds
  • Weight:   1,678 kg
  • Towing capacity: N/A
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor