Vauxhall’s all-new Brit-built Astra has been recognised in the Family Car category at the What Car? Awards 2016, held at Grosvenor House on Park Lane.

In the Best Buy under £16,000, the Astra 1.0 Turbo ecoFLEX Design topped its extremely competitive class.

What Car? judges commented: “The new Vauxhall Astra represents a huge improvement over its predecessor. It’s entertaining and sure-footed to drive, while big leaps in interior design and quality make it feel more premium than ever.”

“We’re delighted the Astra has been recognised by What Car?” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “The Brit-built Astra has been very well-received and we’re looking forward to a full year of sales in 2016.”

This latest award follows many recent successes including the Astra winning the Scottish Car of the Year. This landmark award was part of four-trophy haul at the Scottish Car of the Year awards, where Astra and VIVA also won Compact, Eco and Family categories between them.

Also last year, Vauxhall OnStar, a comprehensive package, which includes a high-speed 4G LTE mobile network, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology, won the Auto Express Technology Award and the BusinessCar Techies Award.

Vauxhall has also received plaudits in the van sector with its Brit-built Vivaro beating stiff competition to win Fleet Van of the Year at the Motor Transport Awards and Best Medium Panel Van at last year’s Commercial Fleet Awards. It was also named Medium Van of the Year, for the second year running, at the 2016 What Van? Awards, while the previous generation Vivaro picked up the Used Van of the Year title.

Europe-wide, Vauxhall/Opel’s range of models has also picked up a plethora of awards:


  • Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag: Golden Steering Wheel 2015, Car of the Year, Best Choice and Family Car
  • AUTOBEST: SAFETYBEST 2015 award for IntelliLux LED headlights


  • Auto Bild and Computer Bild: Connected Car and Pioneer Award


  • AUTOBEST: Best Buy Car of Europe for 2015


  • AMS Readers’ Choice Award for the best car in the mini-car category


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