Which used Vauxhall Astra hatchback should I buy?
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to engines for the Astra, from a low-powered 1.3-litre diesel to a 192bhp high-performance 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel. There are also naturally aspirated 1.4 and 1.6 petrols, as well as a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol that joined the range briefly, topped by the high-performance 2.0-litre turbocharged, 155mph VXR.
We would recommend the 1.6 petrol if you do most of your driving around town as it is a great compromise of pace and efficiency. It also gives you more power and torque over the 1.4-litre – something you will need if you plan on carrying passengers.