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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

    Elizabeth Johnson , cheshire . Date: 19/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    had my astra for 3 years from new , cabin spot on have , but the radio needing to be swith on and off and not automatic once engine running did my head in , but some smart friend soon sorted that out. boot space is large , feels great to drive love it very quite.

    bad points after 35,000 miles ive needed a new cluch kit costing £500+ fitted , then the cam belt needed doing costing £200+ whitch to my shock of only doing 35,000 miles then one month on the o2 sencor needs doing cost £100 i feel in the last month my car has sat in the garage more than being on the road and i feel out of pocket as the 3 year guarantee is up. and yes its true the indercator switch is a nightmare they seem to have a mind of their own and not stay on when needed or stay on to long........... one day the car wouldnt even turn over and it had computer faults !!!

    my advice is to keep the car three years then get rid only due to cost

    the vauxhall garage say its normal to change the cam belt and cluth kit after 35,000 miles.

  • 1.6 16v Club 5dr

    tony b Date: 19/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    started off as a good car but from then downhill.went back to the dealers for a faulty sim in the steering 4 times "made a terrible clicking when turning steering wheel,bits of the interior falling off.engine terrible had timing chain replaced twice and now sounds awfull makes a pinging sound all the time,fuel comsumption terrible vauxhall say around 45mpg im getting 30 -35mpg. changing it for a ford focus.vauxhall havnt cracked making a decent car yet.

  • 1.8 16v Club 5dr

    Philip James , Bucks . Date: 01/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Not sure exactly which trim, but I have just hired a 5 door 1.8 Astra for a month while waiting for my new Golf to arrive... I am pleased I spent a bit more on the VW! I would have been very disappointed with the Astra: it's dull, except for when you are fighting the steering wheel pulling violently to the right when accelerating or braking. I agree with other comments about the indicators... and the wipers... how to make simple controls confusing! But the worst is that pull to the right, may be it's just a fault with my car, but it has to be felt to be believed. An emergency stop would be interesting... fortunately I hand it back on Saturday.

  • 1.9 CDTi 150 SRi XP 5dr

    Mike Brown , West Midlands . Date: 29/04/2008
    • 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 have just changed to this vehicle from a leased Audi A4 Avant.

    I thought that I might be disappointed with the quality of the Vauxhall after driving a 'prestige' car. However, I am very surprised by the quality of the Astra.

    Everything fits and works well, and the engine, despite being a diesel, is quieter than the 2.0-litre petrol Audi. Wind noise is very low, too.

    Performance is brilliant - fuel economy is excellent (I drive a 120-mile-a-day commute to work). The XP pack looks great.

    I love the indicator stalks and wipers (you really have to be stupid not too understand how they work - they are easier than conventional stalks).

    I cannot understand how people can rate the Focus as a better car. The fit and finish on the ones I have seen are appalling (but then everyone loves Ford and hates Vauxhall).

    I now prefer the Astra to my old Audi, and it is saving me a fortune.

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