Vauxhall Grandland X

Action shot of blue Vauxhall Grandland X on a tree-lined road.

Although it wasn’t particularly surprising, it was still odd to hear at the press conference preceding the UK media launch of the Grandland X that the Astra is starting to be seen as a minority-interest car. In its various forms over nearly four decades, the Astra has been a core part of Vauxhall’s line-up, and to a large extent it still is. The most recent figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that the Astra is the sixth most popular car of any sort in the…

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Vauxhall Insignia

Static shot of white Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport Elite.

The Vauxhall Insignia provides one of many examples of how much larger cars are nowadays than they once were. It’s part of a historical line which includes the Cavalier and Vectra, but dwarfs those models to such an extent that Vauxhall considers it, quite rightly, as a successor to the Carlton and Omega. That said, the new Insignia, known as the Grand Sport in saloon form (the estate is called the Sports Tourer and the forthcoming off-roader has been named Country Tourer), is very slightly more compact than the outgoing…

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Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Head-on shot of Vauxhall Zafira Tourer parked beside a river.

The Zafira Tourer was first offered four years ago as a larger alternative to another MPV known simply as the Zafira. The smaller car – not such a close relative as its name might suggest – has since been discontinued, but the Zafira Tourer has proved to be one of the most popular vehicles of its type in the UK. It’s probably just as well, therefore, that the “new” model, on sale here in October and priced from £18,615, isn’t really all that new. A complete redesign was in any…

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Vauxhall Mokka X

White Vauxhall Mokka X being driven spiritedly through a left-hand corner.

On learning that Vauxhall has created a car called the Mokka X, you could be forgiven for wondering what happened to the Mokka VIII and IX. The simple answer is that they never existed. The slightly less simple, but more useful, answer is that Vauxhall has decided to include X in the names of all its SUV and crossover vehicles, and the Mokka happens to be the first to have been so blessed. To serious motoring enthusiasts, the Mokka X is barely distinguishable from its predecessor, one of the most…

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Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Front view of red Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer being driven along a winding coastal road.

Motoring journalists across the continent were very taken by the latest Vauxhall Astra hatchback when it was launched last year. Before Christmas it had already been named Scottish Car of the Year, and since then it has picked up the overall European title and a category win among UK COTY judges. It won’t win the World award, having failed to make it into the final ten, but this is still an impressive trophy haul which would cause any manufacturer to giggle with delight. There seems no reason to doubt that…

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