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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 115 SXi 5dr

    Matthew Ralph , Cambs . Date: 22/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I brought one of these 2nd hand around 10 months ago and went for the sporty driving position and good handling encounted when I took it out for a test drive

    The overall drive I rate as being of the very best out there. Its very responsive and the engine does an extremeley good job for a 1.6 - the 'throw you back in your seat' drive is there when you want it.

    The few niggles I have though are 1. Fuel economy could be a little better although when driven sensibly its not too bad 2.The inside storage compartments/glove box and drinks holders are almost none existant, they are either too small or a very bad design meaning they arn't quite big enough or the right shape to fit everyday objects into 3. Reliability has been a little patchy although on the whole the problems encounted are around average for a car with 50,000+ miles and once these have been fixed, reliability has been very good.

    The cabin plastics and overall quality is very high, with a very solid and high class feel to the car. Probably one of the best looking interiors out of other current hatchbacks out there. I also rate the exterior look although some of the lower models I have seen around, without alloy wheels and with a slightly different body kit look a little bulky and out-dated so choose the right model

    Overall - Good, solid, sporty and on the whole reliable car with a bit of spark about it. You will definatly get more than your moneys worth buying one of these on the 2nd hand market

  • 1.6 16v Club 5dr

    scott jordan , cleveland . Date: 21/06/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i bought my astra from a lease company at 3yrs old,with 98,000mls miles showing in oct 07.since that time i have covered 4000 mls completely hassle free,great comfortable economical car and the only niggle is clutch judder when cold which I beleive is a problem across the vauxhall range.Build quality and feel is excellent and I would recommendone to anyone.

  • 1.6 16v Design 5dr

    Loz Ager , Surrey . Date: 19/06/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have the 2008 model of this car with the Easytronic gearbox. I went for this gearbox as I wanted the ability to swap to automatic mode in traffic sometimes but still have the manual control at others.

    On the whole, I am fairly pleased with the way it works but it certainly isn't as smooth as a fully automatic box and it doesn't have steering wheel paddle shift. I love the sport button though which makes it into 4 different cars: Manual, Manual-Sport, Automatic and Automatic-Sport.

    Performance is a little weak overall but nothing to worry about unless fully loaded. Get it over 2500 revs and it accelerates hard in the first 4 gears.

    As for the rest of the car, I think it is really well thought through and has virtually no annoyances for me. The actual looks are a bit bulbous and, dare I say it, ugly on the 5-door but some of the other Astra models are really nice in my opinion.

    The faults I would mention are very minor - the wing mirrors stick out too far, the optional auto-lights switch on and off at embarrassing times (under bridges / trees etc) which is a bit stupid, and the sport mode doesn't cancel when you put it in reverse which is a bit crazy!

    On the whole, a very good, although fairly 'standard' spec family car. Not in any way an outstanding piece of design but pretty much faultless, well built and designed.

  • 1.7 CDTi 100 Elite 5dr

    Paul Gander Date: 17/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    Spent 3 years with this car - not too sorry to see it go because the MPG was very poor and the diesel noise in the cabin was much worse than Renaults I have driven. I will miss the sporty handling and handsome look of the car but leg room in the back was very poor and the boot not great considering how big the car is. On the plus side the car was totally reliable and had plenty of toys on it. Overall conclusion - enjoyable drive but not great for families.

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