What used Vauxhall Astra hatchback will I get for my budget?
It's possible to pick up a good version of this generation of Astra for around £6000. Cars below this figure will be Cat D or high-mileage examples, and are probably best avoided. However, around and just above £6000 will buy you a clean 2016 car with an average mileage from an independent dealer. Spend between £7000 and £9000 on good 2016 cars, with some 2017 ones sneaking in there too. Spend between £10,000 and £12,000 on 2018 models, again including some 2019 ones, and £13,000 and £15,000 on 2020 cars. Think £15,000 to £18,000 for 2021 models.
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Go for the ecoTec 1.6 and emissions are a mere 89g/km of CO2, but the regular 136bhp and 158bhp versions can't quite match this and emit 101 and 109g/km, respectively. The replacement 1.5 diesel spits out 92g/km. The greenest petrol is the 1.2 at 99g/km of CO2, while the mid-range 1.4 emits 127g/km. The worst performing is the 1.6-litre petrol at 143g/km.
Road tax for all models registered before 1 April 2017 will vary depending upon the emissions the engine produces (see paragraph above for more information) while examples registered after this date will have the same flat rate fee for cars that cost less than £40,000 when new. This is currently £165 per year.
Servicing and insurance
Servicing costs are competitive with rivals such as Skoda and Volkswagen. There are different prices depending upon whether you have a petrol or diesel engine and if you need an interim, main or major service. For petrol models, these are £160, £265 and £305 respectively; diesel models are a little more expensive at £170, £295 and £335 respectively. If you have an engine that requires a fuel additive as part of the service, you’ll need to add £19.20 to the cost of a service. Alternatively, you can also pay monthly for a servicing plan with prices starting from £15 for examples over 10 months old. Servicing is required annually or every 20,000 miles.
Insurance costs are competitive with rivals, and often undercut those of the Volkswagen Golf. The entry-level 99bhp 1.4-litre petrol starts in insurance group 6, rising to 14 for the more refined and powerful 148bhp 1.4. The 104bhp 1.6-litre diesel is in group 12, while the potent 158bhp, twin-turbo version of the same engine is in group 18. The top-of-the-range 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol is the most expensive to insure since it starts in group 19.