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.