New Vauxhall Astra review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior infotainment
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  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 front tracking
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  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear lights detail
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior front seats
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  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior dashboard detail
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 boot open
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 front right tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear cornering
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior dashboard
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior rear seats
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior infotainment
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 right tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 right cornering
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear right tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 front tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 headlight detail
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 grille detail
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear lights detail
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior front seats
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior steering wheel
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior dashboard detail
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you buy a Vauxhall Astra with cash, the cheapest model undercuts the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308 but costs slightly more than the Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia. Interestingly, the Astra’s three trim levels are separated by about £30 a month if you're buying on finance, so you could find yourself getting the top-spec Ultimate, with lots of tech, for the same as lower-spec rivals.

When it comes to running costs, all the Astra petrol engines have an official fuel economy figure of more than 50mpg. The diesel will achieve an even better mpg figure with lower CO2 output, but its higher list price means you'll need to do a lot of mileage for it to make financial sense. 

Mid-range GS Line is expected to be the most popular trim, and is also the one we’d recommend. It has sportier styling, and adds adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, heated front seats and steering wheel, ambient interior lighting and larger 17in alloy wheels.

Top-spec Ultimate will be worth a look if you favour tech over sportiness. It adds a panoramic roof, eight stereo speakers rather than six, wireless phone-charging, a heated windscreen, a head-up display and matrix LED headlights.

Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

The Astra is too new to have featured in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey but Vauxhall finished joint 23rd (with Mercedes) out of 32 car makers included.

The Astra – like all Vauxhalls – comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. That's in keeping with cover from most other manufacturers, but can’t beat Hyundai's five-year warranty or Kia's seven-year cover.

Overview

Manages to blend value with comfort, eager performance and tidy handling. We’d suggest sticking with the cheaper trim levels to make the most of the Astra’s keen pricing, and heading for the petrol engine as the better all-rounder.

  • Punchy engines with low running costs
  • Well equipped and easy to use dashboard
  • Big boot
  • Rivals offer more rear seat space
  • Ford Focus and Seat Leon are more entertaining to drive
  • Grabby brakes on all versions except diesels
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