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.