Vauxhall Astra review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD infotainment
  • 2019 Vauxhall Astra front
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD rear right tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD dashboard
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD boot open
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD infotainment
  • 2019 Vauxhall Astra front
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD head-on
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD rear view
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD left panning
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD front seats
  • 2019 Vauxhall Astra front
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD rear right tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD dashboard
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD boot open
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD infotainment
  • 2019 Vauxhall Astra front
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD head-on
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD rear view
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD left panning
  • Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD front seats
What Car?’s Astra deals
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From £14,500
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

The Vauxhall Astra undercuts the Volkswagen Golf by a big margin and generally has lower brochure prices than the Ford Focus. Big discounts are available if you’re prepared to haggle (and without that aggro if you visit our deals section), although it’s important to note that the Astra will suffer depreciation faster than many rivals.

As a company car, the Astra makes heaps of sense. Official emission levels are impressively low. The 103bhp diesel models equipped with a manual gearbox emit just 113g/km of CO2, only increasing to 115g/km with the more powerful 120bhp engine. The diesel engines are compliant with the latest RDE2 emissions tests, too, so there’s no 4% surcharge in benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. Even the petrol engines pump out as little as 119g/km. 

The top-tier Elite Nav Premium trim adds the upgraded infotainment system, a rear-view camera and keyless entry and start. Unless you’re getting a substantial discount, this trim is too pricey for us to recommend.

Vauxhall Astra 2019 facelift RHD infotainment

Reliability

Vauxhall as a manufacturer finished down in 22nd out of 30 in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That’s above Ford, but none of the other car makers mentioned in this review.

Overview

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 into 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.

  • Affordable company car
  • Roomy in the back
  • Big discounts
  • Missing safety kit on cheaper trims
  • Disappointing reliability
  • So-so performance