Vauxhall Astra 2.0 CDTi now offered with Start/Stop
The system, which first appeared in the Corsa 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX model, works by automatically stopping the engine when the gearbox is in neutral and the clutch pedal is released. In order for it to function, the engine needs to be up to full operating temperature, and the battery needs to be sufficiently charged. The outside temperature also needs to be above freezing and the Defrost function not activated.
Compared with the outgoing 2.0 CDTi Hatch, the Start/Stop version’s fuel consumption improves by over 5mpg on the combined cycle, from 57.6mpg to 62.8mpg.
The addition of the technology has also improved CO2 emissions, which drop from 129g/km to 119g/km, reducing BiK by 5% to 13%.
Start/Stop is available on both the 2.0 CDTi Hatch and Sports Tourer and is only offered with manual transmission – a 2.0 CDTi auto model is also available without it. Prices for the 5-door Hatch starts at £22,410 for the SRi model, and £23,430 for the Sports Tourer SRi.
Vauxhall says that by spring 2012 most of its model lines will feature Start/Stop technology on ecoFLEX models, including petrol-engined cars too.