What’s new, then?
Everything. New underpinnings are the key to the Astra rejuvenation – smaller overall, but carving out more space inside while dropping between 130 and 200kg (!) in weight versus the bloated old car, spec-depending. So, the fresh engines have less lard to shift. It even looks pretty sharp.
Nothing new on the Focus, but so what? The MkIII was born in 2010, and grew its smarter Aston nose last year. Wildly popular even in its middle age, UK buyers alone snapped up 73,966 in the year to Nov 2015. It’s Britain’s fourth favourite car right now: three spots ahead of the (old-gen) Astra, on 45,487.