The eighth-generation Vauxhall Astra starts from £23,275. Buyers will have a choice of petrol and diesel models, as well as plug-in hybrids (PHEV) – the first time the Astra has been offered with such a powertrain.

Petrol cars are powered by 1.2-litre engines with 110hp or 130hp. The more powerful petrol vehicle is available with an automatic gearbox, as well as a manual. The 130hp 1.5-litre diesel is also available with a manual or auto. The hybrid model will have a combined petrol-electric power output of 180hp. It will be joined later in 2022 by a more powerful version with 225hp, with an all-electric model to follow in 2023.

Picking the best car to tow a caravan will always be a crucial decision, with a wide selection of vehicles on the market. The latest Astra is the first model to use Vauxhall’s new simplified trim line-up, with just three specifications being made available: Design, GS Line and Ultimate.

Kerbweights for the new vehicle start from 1332kg for the 110hp petrol, rising to 1438kg for the diesel automatic.

The legal towing limits range from 1200kg for the petrol auto, through 1250kg for petrol manuals, to 1550kg for the diesels.

The maximum towing figure for the PHEV is 1450kg.

The basis spec: the Vauxhall Astra

  • Price: From £23,275
  • Kerbweight: From 1332kg
  • Towing limit: 1250-1550kg
  • 85% match: From 1132kg

Looking for a cheaper model to tow with instead? Then see what we made of a used Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (2015-2021).

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