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Forty years. That’s how long the Vauxhall Astra has been fighting at the sharp end of the family hatchback class, and it remains one of the most popular cars on British roads.
The Astra is cheaper than the majority of its key rivals, though, and it’s fairly easy to get yourself a big discount, particularly by using our New Car Buying service.
To help the Astra compete against newer rivals, it received a series of updates in 2019. Cosmetic changes were few, but the car’s aerodynamics were improved and the entire engine range was overhauled. There’s a choice of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, most of which have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. There’s also an optional nine-speed automatic, with a stepless CVT gearbox the only choice with the 1.4-litre petrol engine.
This revamp led to big improvements in efficiency, and the Astra is particularly tempting if you’re a company car driver; its CO2 emissions are low for its class and its diesel engines meet the latest RDE2 emissions standards, with reasonable benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax ratings as a result.
At a glance
|Number of trims||4 see more|
|Number of engines||5 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||diesel, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||54.3 - 65.7|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,042 / £1,697|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,085 / £3,395|
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