Used Vauxhall Astra Estate 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Ownership cost

1998 - 2004 review
Vauxhall Astra Estate (98 - 04)
  • Vauxhall Astra Estate (98 - 04)
  • Vauxhall Astra Estate (98 - 04)
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Ownership cost

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

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

Huge depreciation from new is great for used car buyers and means the Astra estate can be bought for an absolute song.

Most running costs should keep you humming along happily, too. Our favourite 1.6 delivers excellent economy and a nice, low group 5 insurance rating.

There's a slightly bigger than expected jump up in insurance with the 1.8, but fuel consumption is still good. Budget carefully with the 2.2, though, as it has a bit of a thirst and hefty insurance costs. Economy on the early diesel models is disappointing, but the later CDTi cars are much better and insurance costs for all of them are par for the course.

Maintenance is the only real slight problem. While an Astra might be cheaper to buy than a Focus, servicing can be higher. Typical repair bills are also a little up on the average, mainly down to the cost of parts.