Overall reader 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
    3 out of 5 stars

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19 reader reviews for Vauxhall Astra Hatchback.
  • 1.6i VVT SE 5dr

    Chris Kousiappis , Warwickshire . Date: 21/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    This car has been an absolute bargain from my local Network Q Dealer. Purchased at 10 months old with a 3 year warranty for just over £10,000, off setting heavy initial depreciation the car was nearly half the RRP! The Astra's best features are its smooth comfortable ride, comfortable and supportive seats with good lateral support, interior space, great build quality, and high equipment levels. The good looks inside and out have surprised many people. The dash does seem button heavy at first but you quickly get used to the layout with familiarity. On the motor way it is quiet apart from some wind noise around the A pillars and very smooth. On the down side fuel economy in town is only average but better on longer journeys and the acceleration is ok but lacks oomph uphill - you have to really change down sometimes but at least the gearbox works well. The worst feature has to be the visability when parking but again have found it easier with familiarity.

    Cant understand why they get mediocre reports in the press - seriously not much difference in the way they drive over a Golf or Focus but look looks far less boring than a Golf and a much better interior than the Focus.

    Would not want to spend nearly £21,000 on this car whn new(or indeed any other of its rivals) but at the price it was a serious amount of metal for the money and I look forward to many more trouble free miles with it.

  • 1.4T SRi VX-Line 5dr

    david ridley , . Date: 09/11/2013
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    I have just bought the new special edition astra 1.4 turbo 140 bhp and i can tell you its a vast improvement in the 100 bhp version it goes up hills without any problems at all and with its six speed box it will easily cruise the wrong side of 90 miles per hour if you want it to. People who complain about the 100 bhp engine or the 1.6 115 bhp engine honestly what do they expect, Your not going to get mind blowing performance from that engine range but the 140 bhp does offer better 0-60 in 9 seconds which by today's standards is very good. Fuel economy is good the build quality is excellent and above all vauxhall are offering 0% interest free credit and a lifetime warranty what is there not to like.

  • 1.6T SRi 5dr

    ron martin Date: 29/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    63 reg.

    Cabin: well built, mostly high quality feel, few low rent materials. Good sized boot. Quiet around town but once up to speed cabin quite noisy.

    Equipment: Considering price, Sri trim level too basic. Extended armrest good idea but unlike Golf, it's not height adjustable. Cruise std but poorly executed eg Deceleration doesn't slow car and clutch doesn't disengage cruise control. Who changes gear to maintain same speed? Std radio affair straight out of 1990's. Poor sound, No DAB, confusing to use and no USB. Ford bluetooth much better.

    Driving: Engine impressively refined, unremarkable performance though. Steering perfectly acceptable, body roll impressive, suspension fussy at low speed, very good at higher speed. Drivers seat in desperate need of lumber adjustment, can become uncomfortable. Overall visibility just pathetic. Thick A-pillars make pulling out of T-junctions difficult. Rear visibility very poor, why no parking aids as standard?

    Costs: 39mpg after 1500 miles of mixed driving, and that's driving economically. £175 road tax not impressive for modern car. Price too expensive even after heavy discount new or nearly new. List price a joke.

    Overall: 1.6T's are best avoided. The few good points far outweighed with flaws. Beneath modern exterior, car seems old school. Focus slightly more expensive but by far the better overall car. Even low mileage users much better off with Astra deisel or if petrol is a must, VAG's 1.4T or even Ford's 1.0 Ecoboo

  • 1.4T Exclusiv 5dr

    ALAN HACKETT , . Date: 16/09/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I bought this car in June 2013, I am so disappointed with the performance, any hill climb the car loses power, in fact, this weekend we were in Wales and went to go up a hill near Prestatyn and the car struggled, I had to change down to "FIRST GEAR" it felt like it had 5 paving stones in the boot although there was only the wife and me in the car and we only weigh combined 135Kg so the car should have got up there OK. It has been in the local Vauxhall Dealers this morning because I thought it had a serious problem, but thy have told me that the car is in perfect condition and that they can find no fault with it. All I can say is I don't think they have driven one up a hill. I would be interested to know if anyone else has the same problem. The car itself has a nice look to it and is easy to drive except on hilly roads I will definitely get a bigger engine and diesel in future, but not Vauxhall, this car is going in the bin shortly, It's my own fault for not having a test drive before buying although there aren't may hills near Warrington. I would not recommend this vehicle to any one. One other thing is that although the boot will fit my golf equipment in. e.g. Bag trolley and shoes etc. My driver and three wood have to be put separately, diagonally across the boot otherwise they wouldn't fit in there.

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