Typically eco-versions of the Vauxhall Astra come towards the bottom of the range, meaning equipment levels are lower than higher-spec models with larger engines.
The new Tech Line specification is designed to change this with satellite navigation, DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity added to some of Vauxhall’s most frugal diesel engines.
The Tech Line trim also includes cruise control and some more executive touches such as 17″ alloy wheels and some subtle chrome highlights to the window surrounds.
It will be available for the Vauxhall Astra five-door hatchback and the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. The headline engine offered with the new Tech Line model is Vauxhall’s 1.7-litre diesel 110PS unit, which bears the Ecoflex name.
This means start-stop technology is included to save fuel and CO2 emissions are lowered to beneath 99g/km. This is enough to put the car into Band A of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and means the Astra would be exempt from road tax in the UK and from paying the London congestion charge.
The Ecoflex model costs £18,245 on-the-road but other, less expensive engines are also available in the new Astra Tech Line trim.
These include the1.3-litre 95PS diesel with start-stop (£18,190 for the hatchback) and the 1.4-litre diesel unit with an output of 100PS (£16,470).
Other engines include a 1.6-litre diesel developing 115PS and a more powerful 1.7-litre unit in 125PS and 130PS variations.
The high level of equipment and low running costs mean Vauxhall expects the car to be popular with business users as well as private buyers and this will be bolstered by the fact Ecoflex models move into the lowest, 13 per cent, band of Benefit-in-Kind tax.
The Vauxhall Astra small family car is one of the UK’s most popular car with entry-level models starting from around £13,000.
The new Vauxhall Astra comes with nine other specification levels on top of the new Tech Line to give flexible options to buyers. The Vauxhall Astra Tech Line models are in Vauxhall dealerships now.