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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.
  • 2.0 CDTi SRi 5dr

    Chris Steele , . Date: 09/07/2013
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    A very poor car . Pros it does about 50 to the gallon and is reasonably nippy and refined.

    Cons bumpy ride poorly built trim falling off handbrake badly positioned so every time you release it you catch your hand on the gear lever housing . Poor visibility due to huge screen pillars . Poor boot access narrow hatch and seats don't fold flat neither do the front headrests come off so if you want to put long items in you cant as they foul on partially folded seats .

    Have hired the Asrtra for 2 weeks and my last hire car a Hyundai i30 . It was much much better than this . I can see why all the i30s had been hired out and all that was left was crappy Astras . I looked in a showroom at a Skoda Octavia yesterday and it was way way better than the Astra . Better build more space and more comfy . I wont be buying an Astra anytime soon !

  • 2.0 CDTi 165 ecoFLEX SE S/S 5dr

    john naunton Date: 14/01/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have had the car a couple of weeks - a 11(61) plate with 6000 miles - I do at least 20k miles a year and need something dependable and comfortable. I like the style of the car, especially the interior. It is very comfortable and I actually like the rather light steering, and the handling and suspension is excellent. It appears to have a very solid build quality and I find that it is mostly pretty quiet. Fuel economy is as expecyed some way short of the 62 claimed - but other than that I think it is a well built, attractive car that is good to drive. With a 3 yr network Q warranty I expect ownership to be pretty pain free - highly recommended

  • 1.6i VVT Elite 5dr

    Patrick Burns Date: 04/01/2013
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    Not sure why Roger drives autos if he doesn't like them. I bought manual veraion new and although not fast off the mark like my last Astra 1.8RSi comfort factor is excellent. Smooth runner, quiet and fuel efficient. Wife loves the heated seats, but auto lights and wipers are excellent features for the driver. Running costs would be hard to decide but MPG is good and I also got fixed 2 year service plan with the dealer for £250 whixh is pretty good given prices will probably rise. Cabin is roomy, controls on dash easy to reach/use without distraction. Only downer so far was lack of spare wheel, just inflation and repair kit though you can order spare space saver when buying for £85. Lucky me got one with jack/wheel key from dealer free so that was also a bonus.

    Although retail price £21,000 yo can pick up new at £14,500 so no real need to worry about depreciation.

    So far very pleased despite having to sacrifice power for comfort but at 56 you can't be a boy racer all your days.

  • 1.6i VVT Elite 5dr

    Roger Cantwell Date: 27/04/2012
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    This is a review of the automatic 1.6 Elite, which isn't listed by What Car. This is a curiously high-spec car with an awful engine and gearbox. I don't like automatics at the best of times but this one is particularly bad, making every gearchange sound as if you're on your first driving lesson. Passers-by will stare in amazement as it lurches up the road. The kickdown is vicious and will make the engine rev faster than seems good for it, once it actually makes the change - it is amazingly slow to respond and quite frightening when pulling out at junctions. The 1.6 engine is dog-slow, raucous and drinks fuel like a Chevy V8.

    The interior has heated leather seats (not powered though), cruise control,climate control and all sorts of other gizmos that don't interest me.

    Good points: it's quite comfortable and it's OK on the motorway once you eventually get it wound up to 70mph. Probably designed for the undemanding sales rep who likes switches to fiddle with on those boring trips to Hull and back.

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