What used Vauxhall Astra sports will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Vauxhall Astra sports?
The Astra is cheap to buy and run, although there is a price to pay in the sense that it doesn't have the image of some of its rivals.
If you don't mind that, you'll appreciate the decent economy. The slow 1.6 gives 42mpg, with the 1.8 and 2.0 Turbo delivering 35mpg and 31mpg respectively. The 2.2-litre returns 34mpg. You won't be stung for insurance, either. The 1.6 starts in group 9 and the Turbo falls into group 16, with the 1.8 and 2.2 between the two extremes in groups 11 and 13, respectively.
Servicing is every 10,000 miles and although Vauxhall dealers are generally good value, independent garages should be up to the challenge, and a fair bit cheaper. Every engine (except the chain-driven 2.2) requires its timing belt changed every 40,000 miles, so don't forget to budget for this - or buy a car where the work has already been done.
Finally, don't worry too much about unscheduled work. Warranty Direct says Astras have a reasonable reliability rating and low average cost of repairs.