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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


Does most things very well.


It's too common.


The Astra MK IV was the car that signalled that Vauxhall (and European sister Opel) was once again serious about car building. The MK III was a disappointment: the engineering was mediocre, the suspension was soggy and the car simply didn’t suit pot-holed, bumpy UK roads. And by the mid-nineties its styling looked dated. Lotus helped tune the suspension and chassis and turned it into more of a driver’s car; the styling was far sharper and safety was – at the time – among the best in class.

What owners say about this car

Would be considered a good workhorse, but its reliability is disappointing. Have had pretty of minor faults with it, as... Read owner review

I have now had 2 SRI 190 turbos, both in red. The first one i bought was near standard power... Read owner review

It's a mk4 Astra 1.4 enjoy 16v, not going to set the pulse racing, but it's pleasant to drive, sporty... Read owner review

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