Which used Vauxhall Astra hatchback should I buy?
The Astra was blessed with fine petrol engines, and our favourite is the 1.6 16v, which revs with a delightful eagerness and pushes the car along at a fair old rate. However, if you're after something more sporty, the 1.8- and 2.2-litre engines that powered the SRi models are well worth a look.
By contrast, the diesels are something of a disappointment. Of course, they have the attraction of better fuel economy, but their lack of performance and refinement mean we'd steer clear of them.