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.

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback
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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 45 Vauxhall Astra versions available

Hatchback 1.4 100 Design 5dr £15,295 TBA
Hatchback 1.0T 105 Ecoflex Design 5dr £15,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 100 Tech Line 5dr £15,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.4T 125 Design 5dr £16,045 TBA
Hatchback 1.0T 105 Ecoflex Tech Line 5dr £16,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4T 125 Tech Line 5dr £16,745 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Design 5dr £16,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 100 Energy 5dr £17,295 TBA
Hatchback 1.4 100 SRi 5dr £17,295 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex Design 5dr £17,495 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex SRi 5dr £17,495 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex Tech Line 5dr £17,495 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex Tech Line 5dr £17,495 TBA
Hatchback 1.4T 150 Design 5dr £17,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Tech Line 5dr £17,695 TBA
Hatchback 1.0T 105 Ecoflex Energy 5dr £17,995
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4T 125 Energy 5dr £18,045 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 Design 5dr £18,180
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4T 150 Tech Line 5dr £18,395
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 105 Ecoflex SRi 5dr £18,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 100 SRi Nav 5dr £18,595 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 Tech Line 5dr £18,880
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4T 150 SRi 5dr £18,895
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Energy 5dr £18,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 SRi 5dr £18,995 TBA
Hatchback 1.0T 105 Ecoflex SRi Nav 5dr £19,295
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 105 Ecoflex Elite 5dr £19,315
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4T 150 SRi Nav 5dr £19,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4T 150 Elite 5dr £19,615
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.0T 105 Ecoflex Elite Nav 5dr £20,015
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 SRi Nav 5dr £20,295 TBA
Hatchback 1.4T 150 Elite Nav 5dr £20,315
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Elite 5dr £20,315 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Elite Nav 5dr £20,315 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 SRi 5dr £20,780
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex SRi Nav 5dr £20,795 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex Elite 5dr £20,815 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 160 SRi 5dr £21,395 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 SRi Nav 5dr £21,480
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 Elite 5dr £21,500
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 110 Ecoflex Elite Nav 5dr £21,515 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 160 SRi Nav 5dr £22,095 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 160 Elite 5dr £22,115 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 136 Elite Nav 5dr £22,200
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CDTi 160 Elite Nav 5dr £22,815 TBA

Buyer's notes

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.

Reader test team says:

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.4 100 Design 5dr

I have the 1.6 cdti sri version, the drive is very comfortable and the car handles well. the features on the sri model including lane departure…

Steven Lilliman

5 out of 5 stars
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