Britain's best buys - Vauxhall Corsa and Vauxhall Astra

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Vauxhall Corsa
1.2i VVT Limited Edition AC 3dr
List price £14,650
Target Price £12,949
Best price £11,938
(Carfile.net)
Save £2712

The Corsa’s popularity in the UK is partly to do with its sharp styling. Mainly, though, buyers have a huge choice – and the opportunity to bag a serious bargain. For out and out discounts, brokers are the places to go, but remember that will deny you access to Vauxhall’s up to five years’ interest-free hire purchase offer, which includes a £750 finance deposit allowance.
What Car? rating


Emissions and economy
CO2 129g/km
Fuel economy 51.4mpg
First-year Road tax £0
Tax liability 17%

Residual value
Vauxhall Corsa residual value

Monthly company car tax
20% £34 40% £69
Contract hire £183

Three-year cost
£13,907
Depreciation £7574
Insurance £1047
Servicing £692
Road tax £210
Fuel £4384

Your view Damian Challenger
‘It’s brilliant – low running costs and a great basic spec with half-leather seats, Bluetooth and alloys. The gearchanges are flawless and it’s nippy for a 1.2, although it needs to be worked hard on the motorway. I’m more than happy, and would recommend it.’



Vauxhall Astra">Vauxhall Astra
1.4i 100 Active
List price £17,535
Target Price £15,228
Best price £13,995
(Batchelorsripon.co.uk)
Save £3540

The Astra’s classy interior and smooth ride are what keeps it competitive in the crowded small family car segment, but its price is what really makes it a best seller. Our best deal is an online broker offer, but most dealers are able to offer good prices, too. These include the option of up to five years’ interest-free hire purchase and a £1000 finance deposit allowance.
What Car? rating


Emissions and economy
CO2 129g/km
Fuel economy 51.4mpg
First-year Road tax £0
Tax liability 17%

Residual value
Vauxhall Astra residual value

Monthly company car tax
20% £46 40% £93
Contract hire £231

Three-year cost
£15,380
Depreciation £8928
Insurance £1155
Servicing £703
Road tax £210
Fuel £4384

Your view Patrick Burns
‘I bought the manual version, and although it’s not fast off the mark like my last Astra 1.8 SRi, comfort is excellent and it’s a Fuel-efficient, smooth runner. I also got a fixed dealer two-year service plan for £250, which is pretty good.’

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