Which used Vauxhall Astra hatchback should I buy?
On the road, our favourite engine is the turbocharged three-cylinder 104bhp 1.0-litre, which is a smooth and flexible performer that also offers reasonable economy. The two more powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines both offer impressive performance, while the 197bhp 1.6-litre provides storming speed but, as a result, its economy inevitably suffers.
Of the three 1.6-litre diesels, the 109bhp version offers outstanding claimed economy, but the 134bhp has the best blend of speed and efficiency. The 158bhp twin-turbo model offers the most entertaining performance. All are refined under normal use, although there is a hint of gruffness around town and when the engines are cold.
Of the newer engines introduced in 2019, the 120bhp 1.5 diesel provides adequate power, while the 143bhp 1.4 petrol is quite a flyer. However, go for the 128bhp 1.2 because it has enough performance for most needs with costing a fortune to run.
Trims range from the well-equipped entry-level Design, with touchscreen infotainment, Bluetooth and cruise control, through Tech Line (aimed at the business user) and Energy, up to SRi, a semi-sporting but handsomely equipped trim that we think is worth splashing out for, especially in Nav form.