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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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17 reader reviews for Vauxhall Astra Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.6i VVT SRi 5dr

    Morven Munro , . Date: 19/02/2012
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    Owned this car for just over 1 year - 1 year too many!!

    Car was new at time of purchase - 4 months after purchase engine failed. One month after the car was in the garage for water ingress and two recalls & car is currently back in garage for water ingress & engine problems.

    Despite the problems it is a smooth drive, and a comfortable car to drive. Plenty cabin and boot space. Steering in comparison to other cars i have owed is slightly heavier, but it's all about adjusting.

    Running costs are high, but then its to be expected with a sport model, but the insurance is not too bad, fairly moderate.

    Overall I perhaps wouldn't reccommend this car to anyone given the multiple issues I have experienced, but nothing in life is ever 100%, it is just your luck.

  • 1.4T Exclusiv 5dr

    Matthew Challenger , Hampshire . Date: 10/10/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I had this 11 plate vehicle for a couple of weeks as a hire car whilst my Ford Fiesta Ghia was being repaired after some idiot busy on her phone run into the back of me.

    Overall, I was very impressed with this car. The interior was nice, made out of good materials and especially for a Vauxhall was finished to a high standard. The equipment levels were high, the ride was smooth and comfortable and it had good all round vision. It drove very well around town, handled brilliantly on windy B- roads was not to bad to reverse and park but the 1.6 petrol engine (which was not a turbo) was at times especially at higher speeds a bit sluggish and felt a bit out of it's depth on the motorway.

    It is also not the most economical car I have ever owned or driven, the height adjustable steering column didn't go up far enough for me and I kept on bashing my knees on the bottom of the steering wheel as a result of this and I was a bit disappointed with the size of the boot as it did not look a million miles bigger than my Fiesta's boot and was no where near as big as the boot on my mother's 2005 Ford Focus.

    At first, I found the 'button' park/ handbrake annoying (have always been used to a good old fashioned lever handbrake) but after a few days I got used to it and actually quite liked in the end.

    Would I buy one in the future? Possibly but not one with this engine. It would have to be either a turbo 1.4/ 1.6, a 1.8 or a CDTI diesel version.

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