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.
If you plan to cover lots of miles, choose the 1.6-litre diesel. Refinement is generally much better than you’ll find in the 2.0-litre engines, which are rather noisy, and the 1.6 is flexible and efficient.
Tech Line trim has most of the standard kit you’ll need, including air conditioning, electric front windows, cruise control, 16in alloy wheels, a CD player, sat-nav, a USB socket, Bluetooth and a DAB radio. If you want your Astra to look a bit sportier, then there is always the SRI trim, which gives you 17in alloy wheels and performance-inspired bits of interior trim.
Our favourite Vauxhall Astra: 1.6 CDTI Tech Line