A guide to new Vauxhall cars in 2012

Look out onto any UK street and chances are you will see a Vauxhall car. In fact, the Vauxhall Corsa is the second favourite small car in the UK, while the Vauxhall Astra takes second place in the small family car category. While it sits behind Ford in terms of sales, Vauxhall is also the second most popular UK car maker – a testament to its low cost, high quality philosophy. Vauxhall cars can be found in most market segments and it excels in several areas. As described above, its small cars are perennial favourites while it even offers a superb option in the business and executive sectors with the new Vauxhall Insignia. This guide will talk through the top Vauxhall models and highlight their main features, depending on what segment of the market they are aimed at.

Vauxhall Agila

The Agila, the smallest car in Vauxhall’s range, is quite an old city car model, but nevertheless is still a good car. The fact that it is an old model actually works in its favour, this is because it is cheaper and there are many Vauxhall Agila deals available which help you get more for your money. For a city car the Agila’s boot is quite spacious with 255-litres of space which in the city can be essential with things like luggage, shopping and lap top bags. The Agila also has some nice interior features, not as good as the new city cars that are out now but they are still quite impressive. If you have your mind set on a Vauxhall city car then this is the best option as Vauxhall do not have a brand new city car out at the moment, but have one set to be released in 2012 called the Vauxhall Junior. Vauxhall Agila prices start from £8,495 Browse new and used Vauxhall Agila prices

Vauxhall Corsa

The Corsa is a model that is always getting new upgrades and features, which is good news for supermini fans. The new Corsa is a stylish yet practical run around that is ideal for the likes of taking the kids to school or running yourself to work. It’s also incredibly easy to drive – a fact which makes it one of the more popular learner driver cars and a favourite of the newly qualified driver. It is also a good option as a green car, with impressive economical figures accomplished via Vauxhall’s eco-signature range Ecoflex. For example its Ecoflex 1.3-litre CDTi engine emits just 94g/km of CO2 and returns 78.5mpg. This sub 100g/km means the Corsa falls into the lowest tax band and with mileage of up to 78.5 means you won’t have to visit the pumps too often. The Corsa delivers with interior convenience as well with features like Vauxhall’s Touch and Connect multimedia system, five-inch touch screen display that is capable of showing 2D and 3D maps for the satellite navigation system, and Bluetooth hands free connectivity. Vauxhall Corsa prices start from £9,995. Browse new and used Vauxhall Corsa prices View the full Vauxhall Corsa review

Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Astra is another multi-functional type of vehicle which can be either a family car or a work/business car and comes in either hatchback or estate (Sports Tourer) variations. Along with plenty of storage room the Astra can function as a family car with room for the kids and luggage. But because of its things like low running cost and emissions can easily function as a run around, whether it’s in the city or cross country. The low CO2 figures of under 100g/km is due to its economical Ecoflex diesel engine and because of sub C02 emissions of under 100g/km, the Astra is exempt from the London congestion charge, another bonus for the city driver. A well as the Ecoflex engine there are a lot of other engines to choose from, which make the Astra appeal to a wider market. This is what gives it that universal function. The new Astra also has a new suspension system which handles the infamous bumpy roads of Britain very well. Vauxhall Astra prices start from £15,675. Browse new and used Vauxhall Astra prices View the full Vauxhall Astra review

Vauxhall Astra GTC coupe

The Astra GTC is a stylish coupe edition to the Astra range. The uniquely designed GTC has a desirable exterior with distinctive sport like features such as a re-sculpted bonnet, flares along the doors and a coupe roofline. The GTC’s sporty exterior is accompanied by its excellent handling, which has been especially praised on the model. Its handling was specifically developed and tested to cope with the likes of Britain’s tough pot holed roads. The GTC also includes the fuel saving Start/Stop technology, which like on the Insignia will definitely benefit you in traffic. Compared to the original Astra model the GTC is lower and has a wider wheel base. This wider wheel base means that there is 50-litres more storage space in the GTC. Vauxhall Astra GTC prices start from £18,495. Browse new and used Vauxhall GTC prices

Vauxhall Astra TwinTop

The Astra TwinTop is quite an old model compared to new Vauxhall edition’s like the GTC but is still a worthy competitor in the current market. The TwinTop is a convertible that’s design is largely based on the classic Astra. It offers roadster style but also surprising convenience with a roof that lifts out of the boot to allow more storage room for luggage. Vauxhall Astra TwinTop prices start from around £18,500. Browse new and used Vauxhall TwinTop prices

Vauxhall Combo Tour

The Combo Tour is also an old model but is still a competitor for the current family car segment. The Combo Tour is a large family car that offers storage room of up to 4,200 litres with the seats folded. It is also available in two different wheel base and heights so that you can choose the right size to fit your lifestyle. The Combo Tour also comes with an array of economic diesel engines. Vauxhall Combo Tour prices start from £15,000. Browse new and used Vauxhall Combo Tour prices

Vauxhall Meriva

The new Vauxhall Meriva is essentially a small people carrier. It has five seats, compact handling and all things considered is a pretty comfy ride. It’s the small practical details of the Meriva that best define it as a model. Things like its rear opening doors system which means the back doors open away from the front ones, giving you more space to load the car up with luggage and other things. Some other useful little perks include a good sound system with USB connectivity and air conditioning as standard. For a five seater the Meriva has quite a lot of interior space with an overall 1,500-litre. Its small size and ability to take tight turns make it ideal for the city environment and situations like getting in and out of tight parking spaces. Vauxhall Meriva prices start from £12,495. Browse new and Vauxhall Meriva prices View the full Vauxhall Meriva review

Vauxhall Insignia

The Insignia is a very business-orientated saloon that offers a smooth drive and a luxurious interior. One of the most important factors of the Insignia is the fact that it falls into the lowest Benefit-in-kind tax band because of its emissions of 115g/km (Ecoflex assisted), which is good for company owners. These emissions are also assisted by stop/start technology which saves fuel when idling in traffic. Other business car features include a choice of high quality leather upholstery, CD player with MP3 format/stereo radio and satellite navigation. The Insignia is also spacious in both the front and back, especially for its passengers. Its boot is also spacious offering more than 500-litres of storage space, which is useful for luggage such as suitcases if you’re going on business trips. Vauxhall Insignia prices start from £17,970 Browse new and used Vauxhall Insignia prices View the full Vauxhall Insignia review

Vauxhall Antara

The updated 2011 Vauxhall Antara is a smart SUV that offers the option of either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. This four-wheel drive option gives the Antara a wider range of abilities on and off-road, but also adds to making it a smoother drive. This smooth drive is not only enhanced by the four-wheel drive, but also with the new suspension system and newly stiffened body roll. These new editions to the Antara give it better stability and balance. The good thing with the Antara is because of its road compatibility it can pretty much fulfil any kind of usage, whether it is soft-road driving like taking the kids to school, or slight off-road trips like a trip to the lakes. While it doesn’t match the likes of Land Rover for off-road ability, its practicality and SUV styling is popular with families looking for something a little more rugged than a typical hatchback or estate. The standard interior specification for the Antara is pretty high class, which always helps. It includes things like air conditioning, a good sound system, roof rails and alloy wheels. Vauxhall Antara prices start from £19,995. Browse new and used Vauxhall Antara prices

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The Zafira Tourer is a new edition to the Vauxhall range and is without a doubt a spacious family car. One of the best things about the Zafira Tourer is that the entry-level model has high class standard equipment, therefore things like upgrades and extras aren’t really necessary. But if there are certain functions that you want that are not standard they are very reasonably priced with the Zafira Tourer. Since it is a family car practicality and spaciousness is everything. The Tourer has plenty of interior space with plenty of leg and head room, which is accompanied by a large boot with 710-litres of storage space. This boot can be extended to accommodate 1860-litres of space, which is ideal for things like luggage and bikes. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer prices start from £22,295. Browse new and ued Vauxhall Zafira Tourer prices