What's the used Vauxhall Astra hatchback like?
The five-door Astra is comfortable, spacious and decent to drive. However, if you fancy something more exciting, the three-door Sport Hatch has agressive looks, stiffer suspension and better handling.
Both versions are good cruisers, although the Sport Hatch has more wind noise at motorway speeds. All the petrol engines are refined, but the diesels are grumbly around town, although they do quieten down at motorway speeds.
The cabin is well-designed and built with high-quality materials. There's enough space for a family of five at a push, although some rivals have more legroom. The boot is a generous size, but the tapered design of the tailgate means it can be difficult to load.
The Astra comes with a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, and Club models upwards get curtain airbags fitted as standard. However, only the top models have stability control.