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.
What Car? says
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.
What Car? readers say
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There are 27 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 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:
Had one for a week as a hire car. Agree with the what car review. Looks good, lots of space for small car. Interior quality good. Odd steering wheel…
I've always like the shape of the Astra and even though it is now five years old I think it has aged well and still looks fresh. Initially I test…
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).…
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…