What used Vauxhall Astra estate will I get for my budget?
This is where the Astra Sports Tourer really comes into its own because, like for like, it’s about the cheapest car of its type you can buy. Prices still haven’t settled down yet because it’s still so new but, even so, they start at around £10,000 at the time of writing.
If you want to double check the price of an Astra you’re thinking of buying, you can do so using the free What Car? Valuations tool.
How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Astra estate?
Very little. The Ecotec diesel version is one of the most efficient estates around, with an impressive official fuel consumption of 83.1mpg, while most other diesels return similarly impressive figures and even petrol versions’ fuel economy is on a par with their rivals’. What’s more, the Astra Sports Tourer’s real-world efficiency is one of the best around, so you’ll get closer to the official figures than you will in most cars.
If you buy an Astra registered before 1 April 2017, its tax rate will be linked to its emissions – and since the Astra is so efficient, it’s a smart move to do so. Most versions will cost £120 a year or less to tax, with the 108bhp diesel completely free. Astras registered after that date, by contrast, will cost a flat rate of £140 a year to tax, no matter how efficient they are.
Servicing costs are very competitive. Vauxhall doesn’t operate a transparent fixed-price servicing scheme like other manufacturers, but if you sign up to the company’s free-to-join Service Club, you get a 15% discount on all servicing and repairs once your car is two years old and 25% discount once it’s three, as well as half-price MOTs.