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For The Vauxhall Astra has sharp looks, great quality, smooth ride, good refinement and secure handling. There's plenty of space inside, too.

Against It’s expensive to buy and lease, and doesn’t hold its value well. The steering is vague.

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback
33 5stars

The classy, spacious cabin is a real highlight, but the Vauxhall Astra falls short of the best small family hatchbacks in too many other areas.

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There are 30 Vauxhall Astra versions available

Hatchback 1.4i VVT 87 Expression 5dr £12,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4i VVT 100 Design 5dr £15,250
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6i VVT 115 Design 5dr £16,060
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4i VVT 100 Tech Line 5dr £16,640
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.3 CDTi 95 ecoFLEX Design 5dr £16,835
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6i VVT Tech Line 5dr £17,450
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6i VVT 115 Tech Line GT 5dr £17,575
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX Design S/ 5dr £17,735
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4i VVT 100 Excite 5dr £17,790
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 e'FLEX Design S/S 5dr £18,330
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6i VVT 115 Excite 5dr £18,600
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4i VVT 100 SRi 5dr £18,735
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 e'FLEX Tec Ln S/S 5dr £18,910
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 e'FLEX Tec Ln S/S 5dr £19,505
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6i VVT SRi 5dr £19,545
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6CDTi 110e'FLEX Tec LnGT S/S 5dr £19,770
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.7 CDti 110 Excite 5dr £19,845
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 CDTi 165 e'FLEX Tech L S/S 5dr £19,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4T SRi 5dr £20,205
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6CDTi 136e'FLEX Tec LnGT S/S 5dr £20,365
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6T SRi 5dr £20,810
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 CDTi 165 Tech Line GT S/S 5dr £20,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6i VVT Elite 5dr £21,240
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX SRi S/S 5dr £21,740
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX SRi S/S 5dr £22,335
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 CDTi 165 ecoFLEX SRi S/S 5dr £22,825
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 ecoFLEX Elite S/S 5dr £23,175
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 ecoFLEX Elite S/S 5dr £23,770
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 CDTi 195 Biturbo S/S 5dr £24,205
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 CDTi 165 ecoFLEX Elite S/S 5dr £24,260
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Owning an Astra shouldn't cost you the earth. Yes, list prices are high, but dealers will offer big discounts to prise business away from their competitors, and you'll get even larger savings from online brokers.

Fuel consumption figures are competitive for the class, and reasonable CO2 emissions (especially on Ecoflex models) mean that tax bills won't be too steep for company car drivers. Vauxhall's boffins have done lots of work to make low-speed crash damage simpler and cheaper to repair, and that also drives down insurance costs.

If you're wondering which Astra you should pick, it depends on your circumstances. If you’re a private buyer, the 1.6i Tech Line provides lots of luxury kit for an affordable price. Company car drivers should opt for the 1.6 CDTi 136 Tech Line due to its low emissions.

Reader test team says:

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.4T SRi 5dr

I had been looking for a car to replace my 7 year old BMW Z4 - a great car that I felt was starting to have a negative effect on my back(and wallet).…

James Wood

5 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.7 CDTi 125 ecoFLEX Elite 5dr

Had my Astra 1.7cdti elite 3 years. I did 46k in it from brand new. What a joy it was to own at first! Well it still was right up till when i got rid…

Tom Ketley

4 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.6i VVT SE 5dr

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…

Chris Kousiappis

5 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.4T SRi VX-Line 5dr

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…

david ridley

5 out of 5 stars
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