Used Vauxhall Astra Coupe 2001 - 2005 review

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Section: Our recommendations

2001 - 2005 review
Vauxhall Astra Coupe (01 - 05)
  • Vauxhall Astra Coupe (01 - 05)
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Which used Vauxhall Astra coupe should I buy?

There are four four engines to choose from, all petrol. At the bottom of the range, the 99bhp 1.6 is for those who prefer a slower pace, but the 123bhp 1.8 has just enough power to feel nippy.

On the other hand, the 144bhp 2.2 has plenty of go, and the 2.0-litre turbo is genuinely rapid, delivering near-150mph performance.

Of these various options, the 2.2 is probably the best bet. It's quick enough, has reasonable fuel economy and doesn't attract massive insurance premiums. It's also the only option if you want a coupe with an automatic gearbox.

Whichever you choose, you'll get plenty of kit, with air-con, power steering, remote central locking, alloy wheels, a single-slot CD player and front electric windows on every car. The two largest-engined models add a CD multichanger and cruise control, and it's worth keeping an eye out for a car with leather and climate control, both optional extras when the Coupe was new.