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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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126 reader reviews for Vauxhall Astra Hatchback.
  • 1.6 16v Club 5dr

    Ian Maddocks Date: 28/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    My partner and I bought this car back in April this year and are pleased with what it has and how it drives. It has all the things you really need without adding too many gadgets and gizmos - air con, remote CD player, electric mirrors, windows etc etc. Driving long distances is easy and comfortable - we have done a run from Bristol to Scotland and back with no issues at all. Fuel-wise it's not bad on the motorway, although a little more expensive (of course) around town, but overall pretty good. Handling is good and parking is easy enough as you don't always realise how much space is behind - perhaps parking sensors would be an advantage here? Ours is 3 years old and has covered 93k with lots of life left in it yet. We have the common clutch judder and cold starting problem at the moment, but it's not too bad and not giving us too much to worry about. In summary, a good all round car that's comfortable and great value for money. I would certainly recommend one to anyone.

  • 1.7 CDTi 100 Club 5dr

    Steve Ms Date: 03/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      57

    My car

    Bought the Astra used with 10k on the clock about a month and a half ago, have since done over 5k in it. Used 7 days a week its standing up to working wear and tear very well indeed. Very strong wearing interior all very chunky and solid feeling – more so than its rivals in my view. Fault wise on the inside the instrument controls are very low set and the power socket does get in the way - touch sensitive items take some getting used to. Seats very comfy and supportive for long distances. Cruises exceedingly well with little road and engine noise at motorway revs and the diesel is punchy enough round town and on back roads while still returning good mpg (average 55-60mpg laden). Handles well enough but its safe rather than sporty then again its not that sort of car. Gearbox isn't the smoothest but I'm used to a different, short throw style. I do though wish I'd bought the estate - the boot is large but the opening is pitiful - the good looks of the hatch spoil the practicality of the rear end. Its not a downfall of the car in my view, more my own fault of not putting enough thought into the purchase. It does for the weekly shop but if you're thinking of using it as a working vehicle the estate is the one to go for. Very happy with the car, solid, refined engines, quality interior and good looks coupled with Vauxhalls usual good value put the Astra ahead of the rest for me when it came to buying. Excellent dealers too - not all but there are some golden ones out there.

  • 1.9 CDTi 150 Design 5dr

    Dean Endicott Date: 01/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    I have had this car for 3 weeks now, bought it 10 months old and i love it. I have nothing bad to say about it. It looks very nice in star silver in this spec with all the chrome and big alloys. The interior is also very nice piano black centre console, part leather and full elec windows as well as a handy sports button. The fuel economy is around 38-40 around town which is good and the tax on mine for the year is 140 but on the 1.8 petrol which i had is 205.

    The performance is very good and pulls very well in all gears. The interior space is good and the boot.

    This car gets many looks and its a smart,fast,economical car that i cannot fault Well done vauxhall

  • 1.7 CDTi 100 Club 5dr

    Ian & Sam Masson , Rhondda Cynon Taff . Date: 30/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Radiator replaced third year (Vauxhall Dealer said wear & tear) Tyres last 17,000 miles for front (Michelin or Continental) Seat upholstery not fit for heavy wear and tear

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