Which used Vauxhall Astra hatchback should I buy?
Our favourite engine is the 113bhp 1.6-litre petrol that was introduced towards the end of 2006. There is an earlier version, but it has only 104bhp and feels noticeably slower. There's also an 89bhp a 1.4-litre petrol model, and a 1.8-litre with between 123bhp and 138bhp - but they're not substantially better. There are a few turbocharged petrol engines to consider: the 178bhp 1.6-litre, the 196bhp 2.0-litre and the VXR with 237bhp.
Of the three diesels available, we'd go for the punchy 1.9-litre with either 118bhp or 148bhp. The 1.7-litre engine with between 79bhp and 100bhp isn't bad and the 89bhp 1.3-litre is surprisingly capable. In mid 2008, the frugal ecoFLEX model was introduced to bring improved mpg and lower CO2 emissions.