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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.
  • 1.3 CDTi 90 Life AC 5dr

    and Mrs Foster , Cambridgeshire . Date: 17/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      63

    My car

    This is an amazing car, the paperwork for this car says that it is 1.3 16V, common rail, turbo diesel.This seems on paper as if it would be slow. But you're wrong. There is an amazing amount of power and mid range torque from this highly developed engine. We've just come from France and it has done 75mpg! The car it replaced was a Golf V 2.0SDI which in comparison is a sluggish tractor compared to this Astra. This diesel may not be the fastest diesel on the road, but you can only do 70mph (legally!), but this car does 40-60 or 50-70mph very fast and that is what we all do alot of. The build quality is good too, much better than the Golf V it has replaced. The suspension far is better than the Golf V too. The handling is good, the ride quality is good and the road tax is going down to £90 next year, what more could you ask for? If you want a small family diesel car, then this is a good contender. Only one moan, that is the lack of pocket storage inside, but other than that is brilliant. I do rate it. It puts a smile on your face when you drive it, excellent job to Vauxhall.

  • 1.8 VVT SRi XP 5dr

    Graham Balch Date: 13/06/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I actually have the 3dr version of the SRi and I think it's a great looking and well constructed car.

    Having read a number of reviews from people I struggle to understand how they are able to breath and feed themselves, let alone drive a car!!! The green flashy arrows are your indicators, if they don't auto cancel press down on the stalk once - simple!

    Anyway, the 1.8 is a fun drive, quite quick if you give it a few revs, especially with the sport button on, great for overtaking lorries and caravans etc.

    Economy is average - 33mpg (I could drive more efficiently if I wanted to), but not bad considering the engine size, if you believe what any manafacturer says about economy then you'll be disappionted pretty much every time.

    If looking for a negative aspect, then visability is tricky, but remember, it's a low slung sporty car not a people carrier, you'll get used to it.

    If you are offered an Astra for work then get the 1.9 CDTi 150 as you won't have to rev it so hard and it'll be quieter, if you are buying for yourself then I recommend the 1.8 SRi (XP) 3dr, or the 5dr if you have kids etc.

    All in all, lots of fun for the price of £13,500 brand new (showroom £17,500), look around coz there are great deals out there!

  • 1.6 16v SXi 5dr

    Sanjiv Shah Date: 11/06/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We have had this car for 2 years now. The Astra has proven to be a reliable, practical and most importantly fun car to drive. The engine is eager and free-revving. The chassis provides excellent grip with good comfort - bit harsh over pumps and pot-holes but I've had worse. Handling and cornering are up with the Focus, Golf and A3's I've hired in the past few years.

    The interior is a bit bland, quite dark and still has some hard plastics around the dash, but overall is an improvement on previous Vauxhalls. I'm with a previous reviewer and agree that the indicator/wiper controls are very simple and logical - what is the fuss about?

    Overall, we are very happy with the Astra - my wife loves it and as an antidote to my own Volvo S60 D5 this is great fun to leap into at the weekends.

  • 1.6 16v 115 Life AC 5dr

    S Basak Date: 11/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have driven this car many times as a hire car over long journeys. Frankly, I didn't like the car. I wonder why most rental cars offer Astra only. Anyway, the interior is spacious but I found driving unfortable. Mainly because I can't raise the driver's seat high enough for my best posture. Unless you're quite tall, you need to lean over windows, leaving your seat while reaching for multi-storey car park gates! The car is good for motorway cruising but low speed handling is not good. It screams like tractor while moving in first/second gear. The torque seems to be much lower for a 1.6L engine, especially it struggles to climb even slight slope in 3rd gear. The car has several blind spots on all its side! Equipments levels are generous - comes with AC/CD etc. Steering mounted controls are fiddly to operate. Some minor but useful details have been omitted. There is no place to put small soft drink bottles on door pocket! I find it really annoying as I often drink water in a long drive. In this car, I need to put bottles in passenger seat foot well or in glove box. Not good for quick drinking when I'm on a traffic signal! Also, there is no place to put keep my mobile phone! Most cars have a deep central console where I can leave my phone. The hatch can be closed only with your right hand (there is no place to hold on left side of the hatch). There's no spare wheel either! Car is ok for hiring, but I won't buy it.

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