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Attractive company car tax bills and big discounts for private buyers are the two main pulls of the Vauxhall Astra. If you’re looking to inject a little excitement to your daily commute, the Ford Focus is a better bet, but the Astra is still a fair choice if you just want a down-to-earth family hatchback.get the best price
The trimSee full equipment
This trim is aimed at company car drivers, adding a built-in sav nav, a front centre armrest and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to everything that’s standard on SE trim. You still don’t get automatic emergency braking or an alarm, though.
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This diesel engine delivers adequate acceleration, although there is a noticeable pause between you squeezing your right foot and the car surging forward – especially from low revs. The optional nine-speed automatic gearbox available with this engine only compounds the problem, although not quite to the point the Astra feels frustratingly sluggish
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