Vauxhall Astra review

Category: Family car

Section: Performance & drive

Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear left tracking
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  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear left tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior dashboard
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior rear seats
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior infotainment
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear left tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 right tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 right static
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 front static
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear static
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior front seats
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior driver display
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 boot open
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 front left tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear left tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior dashboard
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior rear seats
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior infotainment
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear left tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 right tracking
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 right static
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 front static
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear static
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior front seats
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 interior driver display
  • Vauxhall Astra 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

We’ve tested two of the four engines available in the Vauxhall Astra: the 1.2-litre petrol 130 and the 1.6-litre Plug-in Hybrid-e 180. The 130 has plenty of grunt from low revs, making it effortless to drive around town, with a pleasing sense of urgency at higher revs. The 0-62mph time of 9.7sec trails the Seat Leon 1.5 TSI Evo 130 by just 0.3sec. As well a manual, the 130 is available with an eight-speed auto gearbox.

The 1.5-litre diesel gets 129bhp, and that should be plenty for most buyers. We don’t expect it to be as lively as the petrols, but it's muscular delivery at low revs will be great for towing or for those who regularly carry a car full of occupants.

The heavier plug-in hybrid-e is firmer at higher speeds, and will occasionally thump over sharper imperfections on battered urban roads. We suspect the larger wheels Vauxhall fits to Ultimate models won’t help, either. We'd stop short of calling the ride on top-spec PHEV models uncomfortable, but lower trim levels, with their smaller wheels, will feel a little plusher.

Vauxhall Astra 2022 rear left tracking

Handling

The Astra may not be the best family car in terms of agility, but it handles tidily enough when cornering. The suspension does a pretty good job at keeping body lean in check, while grip levels remain strong, so there’s enough composure to encourage drivers to have a little more fun in the corners.

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