The Astra’s 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel engines offer 105PS and 122PS and as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the most powerful diesel is available with the option of a smooth-shifting new nine-speed automatic transmission, which is makes its debut in the new Astra.

The new Astra is available with a new digital front camera, which is both smaller and more powerful than before thanks to a faster processor. It now not only recognises vehicles, but also pedestrians, greatly improving safety. Furthermore, thanks to the high-resolution camera, traffic sign recognition can now process even more traffic signs and show them as symbols on the display.

The new Vauxhall Astra will make its debut at the IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show next month but is available to order now, with first cars arriving in showrooms in November.