Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (09 on) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
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Alongside the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra hatchback is one of the most popular cars on sale in the UK. This latest model builds on that strong reputation while adding some much needed refinement and driver appeal.

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (09 on)
  • Impressively refined
  • Smooth and quiet ride
  • Upmarket interior
  • Good choice of engines
  • Reassuring handling
  • Smaller petrol engines are lacklustre
  • Steering lacking in feel
  • Ordinary looks

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

Alongside the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra hatchback is one of the most popular cars on sale in the UK.

This latest model builds on that strong reputation while adding some much needed refinement and driver appeal.

It has a much sleeker appearance than its predecessor, although some would argue that it's now rather anonymous, but the cabin is a huge step forward with an upmarket look and feel, while passenger space for those in the back has also increased.

Excels over long distances

Its real forte is long-distance cruising, thanks to a superbly smooth and quiet ride, while there's a good choice of economical engines including the low emissions 1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX unit that is festooned with fuel-saving and CO2-emission-lowering technology such as stop/start.

It's composed and agile on the move, but the steering is somewhat lifeless, meaning the Astra isn't as enjoyable to drive as some alternatives. However, it's a good family car and comes well-equipped as standard.

Discounts likely

Another point worth noting is that Vauxhall is known to offer excellent value for money deals on its forecourts so it’s likely you’ll be able to wangle a sizeable discount on the price of your new Astra.

As well as selling extremely well in the private sphere, company car drivers love the Astra too since it generally offers a favourable P11d value combined with low CO2 emissions, which means low company car tax.

There’s a wide range of equipment, accessories and trim levels available too so the Astra is a hatchback that’ll cater for a wide selection of drivers.

It also scored a maximum five stars in the EuroNCAP safety tests, which gives buyers even more piece of mind.

Boot size is not quite as big as the Astra’s biggest rival, the Ford Focus, but trumps the Peugeot 308 and the Volkswagen Golf.

It also has a clever Flex-Floor system in the boot which serves to provide extra practicality in terms of space management behind the rear seats.

Finally, there’s absolutely no reason to question the Astra’s reliability. The previous version was a resilient workhorse and this model shares many parts with other Vauxhall cars. Read on for our comprehensive Vauxhall Astra hatchback review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 The boot is frankly enormous, even if the loading lip is a little bit small. The modern Astra is just about the biggest car in its class and it shows both in terms of boot and passenger space.  

3 out of 5

Kieran Wateridge ,   20 Jan 2014    ... read more

 The fuel economy. Over a mixture of driving it never fails to return over 50mpg.  

4 out of 5

Gregg Davies ,   24 Oct 2013    ... read more

 No spare wheel which although a downside reveals a handy stowage area under boot floor. Good sized cup holders and bottle storage in cabin.  

3 out of 5

David Robinson ,   10 Aug 2013    ... read more

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