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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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PROS

Does most things very well.

CONS

It's too common.

Verdict

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

Comfortable to drive, quite spacious yet not too big to drive around the city. Read owner review

Does near 40mpg which is quite impressive for a car of this age. Read owner review

It's reliable, simple engine that is unlikely to have any serious problems. Read owner review

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