Used Vauxhall Astra Estate 2004 - 2010 review

Category: Estate car

Astra estate is an accomplished load-eater with plenty of cabin space

Vauxhall Astra Estate (04 - 10)
  • Vauxhall Astra Estate (04 - 10)
  • Vauxhall Astra Estate (04 - 10)
Used Vauxhall Astra Estate 2004 - 2010 review
Star rating

What's the used Vauxhall Astra estate like?

Most importantly, the Astra Estate is very practical. The tailgate opens wide to reveal a square loadbay, with none of the hatchback's V-shape, which so limits its versatility. True, it's not the biggest boot you'll find, but the seats drop without fuss to give a flat floor. Watch out for the drop between the sill and loadbay, though.

The Astra estate is good for people, too, and the cabin will easily take five adults. On top of that, the driver's seat and steering adjust in all directions and the view forward is good. However, the thick A-pillars create blind spots, and rear visibility isn't so good, especially when parking.


Astra estate is an accomplished load-eater with plenty of cabin space

  • It has a fair-sized boot, there's a wide choice of models and it's cheap to run
  • The view out of the back is too restricted and the diesels can be grumbly

Perhaps the big surprise to anyone used to previous Astras is how well this version drives. The car feels well controlled through corners and the ride is comfortable, although the SRi's stiffer suspension can feel unsettled. It's pretty refined, too, apart from the diesel engines, which sound clattery at low speeds.

Safety is a strong point, too. The Astra scores the five-star maximum for keeping occupants safe in Euro NCAP tests and a creditable four for protecting children in the back.

Ownership cost

What used Vauxhall Astra estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Astra estate?

Vauxhall pares down running costs to keep the company fleets happy, so it's as cheap to service an Astra as any rival and fuel economy is impressive. Expect the diesels to achieve up to 50mpg, while the mid-range petrols regularly better 35mpg. The 2.0 turbo dips to 20mpg around town, however.

Insurance costs are also low. Most versions fall within groups 4-6, although the 150bhp 1.9 diesel is group 11 or 12, depending on model, and the 2.0 turbo is group 13 or 14.

Depreciation - the rate at which cars lose value from new - hits Astras hard. The first owner loses 40% of what he originally paid by the time the car reaches a year old, and 50% by two years. So buying an Astra at a few months old makes little sense when a two-year-old is so much cheaper - and unlikely to lose value quickly from that point onwards.

Our recommendations

Which used Vauxhall Astra estate should I buy?

Overall, the best blend of price and performance comes with the 1.6 petrol, which has just about enough punch for most people's needs. Mind you, it's certainly worth having a look at any of the diesel versions, which range from a 1.3 turbo delivering 89bhp through a 1.7 and two 1.9s providing 120bhp or 150bhp.

Trim-wise, entry models are badged Life and have central locking, electric windows, four airbags and anti-lock brakes. Move up to Club (our choice) and curtain airbags and air-con come as standard. Next, there's SXi and SRi, which have sportily styled cabins, alloy wheels and (in the SRi) stiffer suspension. Finally, Design offers top-level trim including leather seats.

Vauxhall dealers have the best choice via the acclaimed Network Q approved used car scheme, but supermarkets have a few at lower prices.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Vauxhall Astra estate?