Alternatives

Used Vauxhall Astra 2009 - 2015 review

(2009 - 2015)
Vauxhall Astra (09 - 15)
25 Sep 2017 8:42 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:15

What alternatives should I consider to a used VAUXHALL ASTRA Hatchback?

The Ford Focus drives much better than the rest of its classmates, but it doesn’t have the best interior, both in terms of quality or infotainment.

The Volkswagen Golf is a classy hatchback. It drives with a great sense of stability – especially on the motorway – and has a comfortable ride. It also offers all occupants plenty of space in what remains one of the classiest interiors of any mainstream car. It will be quite a bit more expensive to buy because of the badge.

To think of the Seat Leon as a budget alternative to a Volkswagen would be to sell it short. It is equally as practical as the Golf and can often be found with a higher level of specification. The Leon offers a better interior than the Astra, even if it is a little bland. It won’t be quite as comfortable, mind, as Seat’s aim is to be a sporty brand.

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Verdict

The Vauxhall Astra offers plenty of equipment for the money and a comfortable ride. Just don’t expect class-leading driving dynamics

  • Ride quality
  • Economical engines
  • Tech Line has plenty of kit
  • Not a great drive
  • Infotainment not as intuitive as rivals
  • Dashboard cluttered with buttons