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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.
  • 1.8 16v SRi 5dr

    simon fuller , west sussex . Date: 06/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Mine is a company car. It looks good. It's great fun to drive, is fairly quick and the handling is pretty good. It took me a while to learn how to benefit from the sport switch but now I have, I use it all the time.

  • 1.7 CDTi 100 SXi 5dr

    David Jefferis , . Date: 06/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The new Astra has certainly got bolder looks than the last one, though some may say it's a little heavy-jawed - but no matter, it's got some character and the new three-door due next year looks better balanced altogether.

    The last car was a much better driver than many reviewers gave credit for. (I've run mine for 45,000 pleasing miles) and the new version is a tad sharper in the corners.

    Ergonomics have taken a dive though - it's amazing that Opel/Vauxhall could spend so much time and money developing the interior, yet provide fewer cubby holes than the last model.

    Lowering the dashboard screen has contributed to this and, as a by-product, made the clock difficult to read for back-seat passengers (as in "when are we going to get there Dad?").

    Knobs are dials are less well positioned as well - several rotary controls are now down in front of the gear shift instead of being perfectly positioned - why? why? why?!

    Still, overall, it's an OK car. The only other gripe (of the hatchback) being rear 3/4 version for tight parking, which is no better (no worse either) than my wife's Seat Leon.

    Overall, it's a curate's egg - good in parts - but (just) manages to squeeze in as a 4-star car...

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback

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