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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Sharp looks; excellent ride; high-quality interior

Against Vague steering; wind noise; too much body roll

Verdict Classy and capable, and hefty depreciation make a used example far more appealing

Go for… 1.4T SRi

Avoid… 1.3 CDTi ecoflex SE

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback
  • 1. Classy and capable, and hefty depreciation make a used example far more appealing
  • 2. The 1.4 and 1.6-litre non-turbocharged petrol engines feel out of their depth, so the turbocharged versions are much better. Our pick is the punchy 138bhp 1.4T
  • 3. Some cars come with Vauxhall’s Flexride adaptive suspension system, but don’t pay much extra for it – it has little positive effect on the ride and handling
  • 4. The non-turbo petrol engine average between 44mpg and 51mpg, while the two turbocharged units do 49mpg or 41mpg
  • 5. The cruise control system can disengage, leading to the car decelerating without warning
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