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.