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VAUXHALL Astra 2.0T 16V VXR Car Leasing and Contract Hire

posted on Oct 29 2008 by Jon Bardill

VAUXHALL Astra 2.0T 16V VXR  Car Leasing and Contract Hire

Contract Hire and Car Leasing has never been as popular as it is and some of this is down to the current credit crunch. Who in their right mind would spend their childrens inheritence or splash thier hard earnt savings on to something like a car that immediately depreciates the moment you drive it off the forecourt. The Uk is quickly following the USA and Europe by using contract hire and car leasing as the way forward with their motoring. This month have on offer this very exciting and thrilling Vauxhall Astra 2.0T 16V VXR based on a 2 Year Contract Hire Leasing agreement. For more information please contact the Car Leasing Team on 01273 789 900.

Vauxhall only applies the VXR badge which comes from the Vauxhall motorsport activities, to the really hot models in their range over and above their SRi versions. In the Vauxhall line up of the VXR's is the VXR Astra, VXR Monaro, VXR Vectras and strangely the new VXR Zafira and Meriva people carriers. Vauxhall makes no secret that the VXR badge is only given to models with a race-bred DNA developed from the British Touring Car Championship successes. The UK sales of 2,000 plus units this year equates to 50 per cent of all the Vauxhall Astra VXR production. The Vauxhall Astra VXR has been designed and tuned in the UK and created with the needs of the British motorists. Vauxhall with the help from Lotus further tweaked the chassis, already one of the best in the industry.

The set up is uniquely tailored for British roads rather than pan-European straight-line highways with smooth road surfaces. It really does make a change to find a six-speed manual gearbox which you can fully use on A and B roads rather than just on motorways. Vauxhall are clearly going head to head with the two main rivals in the hot-hatch sector to the Astra VXR are the VW Golf GTI/R32 and the new Ford Focus ST. The Golf is probably the best compromise between quality, refinement and performance, the Focus ST is good but over refined and lacks real bite and so the Astra VXR is the real racing machine. The Astra VXR is priced at 18,995 but the real numbers of interest are the power output of 240PS (237bhp), the performance, with the 0-62mph dash covered ion 6.2 seconds and the top speed of 152mph. With contract hire and car leasing prices starting from just 199 per month this is an outstanding performance and an amazing price. The Vauxhall Astra VXR delivers 240PS of turbocharged power and 320Nm of torque through the front wheels which is no easy task.

The Vauxhall Astra VXR does need to be handled with care, it will surprise you. Torque-steer is very evident but controllable with care and you need to learn the knack of getting the best acceleration. Using a heavy right foot will not allow the front wheels chance to find grip under hard acceleration in first, second and third gears. Use first gear to get moving, slip it briefly into second and then use the maximum torque from 2,400rpom onwards to whisk you away from the competition. Now fast and furious driving in the Vauxhall Astra VXR is not to be recommended and it will hurt your pocket. Fuel consumption can be very high if the car is pushed hard, around 21mpg. But use it sensibly and still driving it pretty quickly within the legal limits returns 29.6mpg, almost spot on with the combined 30.4mpg figure quoted by Vauxhall.

The Vauxhall Astra VXR hangs on well during high speed cornering, it has a sharp and accurate steering response. Handling is helped by the standard-fit electronic stability programme, which does not take away the fun of driving. Recaro sports style seats keep you firmly in your place. This Vauxhall Astra VXR to buy for cash is not cheap, but put this on contract hire and car leasing it is well equipped with lots of kit ranging from electric windows, air conditioning, CD player, deadlocks, alarm and driver information computer. Side and curtain airbags are standard items of equipment. The exterior of the Vauxhall Astra VXR leaves you in no doubt as to the role of this car. The body styling kit gives it a low and mean looking profile and the optional 18-inch allow wheels fill the wheel arches nicely. There are elements of eurobling' about the exterior looks of the car, lots of gleaming brightwork, but it will impress your friends if you like bold statement cars. For more details about Vauxhall Astra car leasing and contract hire offers please speak to the Car Leaisng Team on 01273 789 900.