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.
Its key rivals are the well-known Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf, but these days it also has to fend off relatively new upstarts, such as the Skoda Scala, not to mention an army of (arguably) more fashionable family SUVs, including the Nissan Qashqai.
The Astra is cheaper than the majority of its key rivals, though, and it’s fairly easy to get yourself a big discount, either through our New Car Buying service or after haggling with your local Vauxhall dealer.
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. This 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.