Vauxhall Astra Electric FIRST LOOK: has Vauxhall left it too late to gatecrash the electric party?

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Vauxhall has finally revealed the details of its long-awaited fully electric version of the big-selling Astra – and we’ve been invited to the brand’s HQ to have a good look around.
Just like the smaller Corsa and Mokka, Vauxhall has chosen to offer an electric powertrain as just one of the options in the showroom alongside more conventional petrol versions. There is also a Sports Tourer bodystyle on offer, creating a new rival for the MG5. 

Both the hatch and estate feature the same fully electric powertrain. Powered by a 154bhp motor and a 54kWh battery, the Astra achieves an official WLTP-certified range of 258 miles and reaches a top speed of 105mph. 

As with other Vauxhall electric models, the Astra Electric supports up to 100kW DC rapid charging, with an 80 per cent charge taking around 30 minutes. From launch, all Astra Electric models will come standard with a three-phase 11kW AC onboard charger. 

The Astra Sports Tourer Electric has 516 litres of luggage space with the rear seats up, increasing to 1,553 litres when folded – this is identical to Plug-in Hybrid variants of the vehicle but 92 litres less than the petrol model. 

Join Nicki as she takes a close look around the all-new Vauxhall Astra. Is this the car you’ve been waiting for, or has Vauxhall left it too late to gatecrash the electric party? Let us know in the comments below.

Price £36k (estimated)
154bhp, 199lb ft of torque
Front wheel drive, 1-spd
9.2  seconds 0-62mph, 106mph top speed
50.8kWh battery (useable, 54.0 gross), 258 miles range WLTP
100kw DC, 11.0kw AC, 30 min fast DC, 50min 50kW
8hr 15 mins on home wallbox
Weight: 1,679kg
Boot: 352-litres/ n/a seats folded (No frunk)
Vehicle-to-load: no
Five star EuroNcap
Same platform (EMP2) as the Peugeot e-308


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