The Best Cars To Drive Around Ormskirk And West Lancashire

If you haven’t caught up with the new Vauxhall range lately, you’re in for a few surprises.

The awarding of the prestigious title of European Car of the Year 2016 to the New Astra has thrust the Vauxhall brand back into the spotlight.

Not that it was ever out of it, and the Mokka is also picking up lots of new fans, having become the best-selling SUV throughout August, beating off its rivals from Ford and Kia.Meanwhile, the Corsa is now sitting pretty as the second best-selling in the whole of the UK, behind only the Ford Focus.

More than 50,000 new Corsas found homes between January and August - that came as no surprise to Auto Express, who said: “With its high quality interior, good level of standard kit and cheap running costs, it remains an attractive proposition.”

But it’s the Astra which continues to wow new buyers, and the latest, seventh generation model is going even further than its six predecessors, offering more space, comfort and refinement. It has also seen the debut of some notable technology, such as BringGo, a separate app which allows maps and directions for any journey to be downloaded directly to your smartphone.

It’s riding high on the back of getting a five-star review from the critics at Auto Express, who said in its glowing critique: “It was developed in the UK and it shows - it drives really nicely on our roads. It also looks great, inside and out, while there’s more space inside than in the old car, even though the new model is smaller on the outside.”

By shedding up to 200kg compared with the old model, it lets drivers get the most from all of the turbocharged engines offered, three petrol ranging in size from 1.0 to 1.6-litre, and a diesel 1.6 plant.

There have also been plenty of plaudits for the Astra Sports Tourer, the estate version of the Astra, which Auto Express says is “better than it’s ever been”, as a bigger and more practical version of Vauxhall’s best-selling car. What’s even more remarkable, the same magazine says, is how Vauxhall has managed to introduce the new car, yet reduce its prices when compared to the outgoing model.

With the new Astra, it’s clear that the manufacturer, with its strong British roots, really does want to live up to the tagline of its current radio ads, which promise that buyers will “get more with Vauxhall”.

Of ‘Corsa’ It’s A Good Buy

Vauxhall’s little hatchback also continues to woo new fans. Right now, 06Vauxhall is offering a new Corsa Energy for a flat £149 per month on a Vauxhall flexible personal contract plan.

The exhaustive standard spec of this model includes:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Air conditioning (non-air conditioned models are available)
  • Electrically heated leather-covered steering wheel
  • Electrically heated front seats
  • Heated windscreen
  • Front fog lights
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • IntelliLink audio system with digital radio
  • Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers

Astra Continues To Rule

The Astra is Vauxhall’s second model to feature in the 10 best-sellers for August, as the car continues to ride the wave of its success early in the year in being named European Car of the Year 2016.

The award is an ‘honour of honours’, arising out of the data collected from motoring journalists all over the continent, so reflects a strong performance across several countries, where it was often up against individual cars which had actually achieved better sales.

The car includes a raft of innovative safety features, such as a front camera system, standard on SRi models and optional on others, which includes smart features like traffic sign recognition, following distance indicator, forward collision alert and an active lane-keep assist indicator.

Latest Astra models also feature keyless entry and start, whereby the car’s electronics recognise the key if you’re carrying it with you, and will let you enter the car, which can then be started at the push of a button - just think how much bother and discomfort that will save you on a cold winter morning!

Astra customers have given the latest cars a big thumbs-up too, the model scoring an average of 9.2 out of 10 on, with average scores from several dozen reviews equalling or exceeding this level for comfort, performance and practicality.

Unusually for a revamped model these days, the new Astra has a shorter wheelbase than its predecessor, with the result that the handling is sharper. Yet at the same time there’s more passenger space. How did they do that? Find out for yourself by visiting 06Vauxhall in Ormskirk or Skelmersdale to look around and test drive the new Astra for yourself.

Sign Up For A New Insignia

Of course, although we at 06Vauxhall are just up the road from Ellesmere Port, the place which Vauxhall refers to as “the home of the Astra”, this is just one car in our range.

Its bigger cousin is the Insignia, which continues a proud Vauxhall heritage of producing family-sized cars that stretches back through the likes of the VX4/90, Cavalier and Vectra models.

Right now, £299 a month is all it will cost you to put yourself behind the wheel of a new Vauxhall Insignia Limited Edition 1.6CDTi 136PS.

And if you order one of these cars between now and 18 December, we’ll give you an extra £500 towards your deposit, as well as 0 per cent finance on this deal.

You can choose a payment term of between 24 and 60 months, and there’s no lump sum to pay at the end of your agreement, which is increasingly rare these days - the car’s all yours.

That means you have up to five years to enjoy a long list of comfort and convenience features, which includes:

  • 18-inch bi-colour alloy wheels
  • Vauxhall OnStar^
  • Styling with body-colour front spoiler, side sills, rear lip spoiler (hatchback only) and rear lower skirt
  • VX-Line leather-covered and electrically heated sports steering wheel
  • Electrically heated sports front seats
  • Front and rear parking distance sensors
  • Front fog lights
  • Digital radio with USB connection and aux-in socket
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Cruise control

When Auto Express reviewed the current Insignia, with the so-called ‘Whisper Diesel’ engine, it said: “This new diesel proves [the Insignia] still has something to offer – particularly for business users. With an attractive price and low CO2 emissions, it makes plenty of sense as a company car. It’s also frugal and drives well, plus the updated interior has real premium appeal.”

Our special edition model adds a range of eye-catching styling features to the standard model to make it really stand out. The spoiler kit, in particular, helps give the car a sporty, lower stance, while the front fog lights and heated front sports seats are sure to be appreciated on those cold winter morning starts.

Don’t Knock The Mokka

Having burst into the UK top 10 best-seller list for September 2016 at number 7, the Mokka is making big strides in the mini-MPV sector.

And now, to help even more owners get into this small crossover, you can take advantage of a range of offers on hire purchase and flexible personal lease packages. 06Vauxhall customers can even take advantage of an exclusive deal whereby Vauxhall will contribute up to £3,000 towards your deposit, in addition to giving you a minimum of £500 part-exchange allowance for your current vehicle.

Top Gear makes the important point that the Mokka is cheaper than direct rivals such as the Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade, yet offers more interior space than most of these too.

The X suffix tagged onto current Mokka models doesn’t actually signify any differences over the previous model - it’s intended to be a label affixed to all Vauxhall crossovers, of which the Mokka is the only example at the time of writing.

The Mokka Exclusive (see, the ‘x’ is in there somewhere) was praised by Top Gear as looking smoother and more modern than its predecessor.

Mokkas are all fitted with the Vauxhall patented OnStar infotainment system, which impressed the reviewer with its “excellent screen system, with smooth quick graphics and sensible menus.” OnStar also turns the car into a moving wi-fi hot-spot, and offers an SOS crash response facility, which automatically reports the car’s location, travel direction, vehicle colour and the extent of the damage to Vauxhall’s control centre to help ensure that emergency services are immediately notified, if necessary.

Make Mine A Meriva

Stepping up a size, the Meriva is a small MPV whose practicality is boosted by its sliding rear doors and FlexSpace® rear seats, which individually fold or slide to offer more boot space or extra legroom to meet the varying demands of daily use.

Standard air conditioning, cruise control and alloy wheels add to the value of our Life special edition model, prices of which start at £11,995, which represents a £1,815 saving on the regular price for a limited period.

The Meriva scored highly for interior and boot space and all-round practicality when it was reviewed by the team at Flat folding rear seats boost the overall capacity to 1,500 litres, and each of the back row of seats can be individually folded to give a wide variety of seating and load-carrying configurations.

Fantastic finance deals make owning and running a new Vauxhall a very attractive proposition. But put together, there’s a compelling reason for you to come and see us at our Ormskirk or Skelmersdale showrooms, take a test drive, and talk to us about the ways we can help you get behind the wheel of the Vauxhall which exactly fits your and your family’s needs.

So come down and take a look at these new Vauxhall models today in our two showrooms. Then let us give you an illustration of how you could make one of them yours, on some really competitive and flexible terms.