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.
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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 87 Vauxhall Astra versions available
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 Techline provides lots of luxury kit for an affordable price. Company car drivers should opt for the 1.7 CDTi 130 Ecoflex Tech Line due to its low emissions.
Reader test team says:
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…
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…
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…
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…