Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch (05-10) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 17 Apr 2009
3.5
The Astra Sport Hatch is very different from its dull five-door sibling and Vauxhall has done a great job in producing a sporty and distinctive design. The model is a fairly common site on the roads so it's easy to forget how attractive and neatly styled it is with a low, purposeful stance.

Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch (05-10)
Smart styling, good turbocharged engines, optional panoramic roof, sharp handling
Poor rear visibility, cramped rear, boot awkward to access, fiddly dash layout

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The Astra Sport Hatch is very different from its dull five-door sibling and Vauxhall has done a great job in producing a sporty and distinctive design. The model is a fairly common site on the roads so it's easy to forget how attractive and neatly styled it is with a low, purposeful stance. It's entertaining to drive too thanks to a lower ride height than the five-door, although the steering still feels a little remote. The cabin is disappointing - it's a dull design and the switches on the centre console are fiddly to use while the boot is awkward to access due to a narrow opening and high lip. If you can forgive these shortcomings however the Astra Sport Hatch makes a chic three-door and comes with a good choice of engines including some hot hatch rivalling turbocharged units.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Fairly good fuel economy, nice to drive, boot can be a bit awkward to load, but seats fold down flat.  

4 out of 5

Craig Elliott ,   18 Oct 2013    ... read more

 Boot isn't a bad size, and there's some nice little cubby holes.  

4 out of 5

Spencer Barley ,   15 Sep 2013    ... read more

 MPG is fairly decent for the BHP of the car.Boot is a resonable size for a hatchback too.  

3 out of 5

David Nabarro ,   25 Mar 2013    ... read more

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