For The Astra is good to drive, practical and well equipped. It also looks smart, and is cheaper to buy and run than many rivals.
Against Overly light steering and slightly gruff diesel engines let the side down a bit. Some rivals ride more smoothly at low speeds, too.
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The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best family hatchbacks around. It’s much cheaper than an equivalent VW Golf, and a better all-rounder than a Ford Focus.
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There are 44 Vauxhall Astra versions available
Target Price team says:
If you’re wondering which Astra you should choose, it depends on your circumstances. If you’re a private buyer, the 1.4T 150 (in SRi or SRi Nav trim) is our recommendation because it gets you lots of kit for a reasonable price, and it’s available with some attractive finance deals.
Company car drivers should opt for the 1.6 CDTi 136 Tech Line. This business-focused version comes with plenty of equipment for a low price, and it qualifies for lower benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax payments than most other trims. The catch is that Tech Line isn’t available with some of the most attractive finance deals, so it doesn’t make much sense for most private buyers.