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Vauxhall Astra Electric review

2024 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.1 out of 53.1
” Adequate electric hatch too pricey “

At a glance

Price new £37,795 - £43,260
Used prices £22,362 - £29,865
Road tax cost £0
Insurance group 26
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Fuel economy 4.1 - 4.2 miles/kWh
Range 254 - 260 miles
Miles per pound 6.5 - 12.4
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Available fuel types

Fully electric

Pros & cons

PROS
  • Efficient
  • User-friendly interior
  • Well-equipped
CONS
  • Reduced boot capacity over petrol
  • Rivals go farther
  • And faster

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones Published: 24 May 2024 Updated: 24 May 2024

Overview

There’s no messing around with the Vauxhall Astra Electric. As the name suggests, it’s a regular Astra that’s powered by electricity; not that you’d necessarily realise at first glance. Unlike many rivals, Vauxhall makes its electric cars look just like the petrol, diesel and PHEV models with just a badge, unique wheels and a few specific screens in the infotainment system. So far we’ve driven the hatchback, but an all-electric Astra Sports Tourer will also be offered.

All versions get a relatively small 54kWh battery pack that powers a 156hp electric motor under the bonnet. With that power output you won’t get Tesla Model 3-style performance. The top speed is a mere 106mph and more pertinently, 0-62mph takes 9.2 seconds. That makes it slower than the slightly cheaper Cupra Born and related Volkswagen ID.3. Even the sub-£30k MG4 can show it a clean pair of treads at the lights.

Despite the dinky battery, the Astra Electric has an official range of 258 miles. During our time with the car we couldn’t match this figure, but over 200 miles isn’t too hard to achieve. Focussing on efficiency rather than just cramming in a bigger battery means charging times aren’t too horrific, helped by 11kW AC and 100kW rapid charging when attached to a potent enough power source.

At launch there are two versions of the Astra Electric to pick from: GS and Ultimate. The former slips in at just under £40k and really gets all the equipment you actually need. Ultimate pushes the price dangerously close to the Model 3 whilst adding a smidge more tech that’s nice, but not essential.

Over the next few pages we’ll give you our in-depth Vauxhall Astra Electric review. We’ll cover how plush and practical it is inside, boot size, comfort and what it’s like to drive. By the time you hit our verdict, you’ll know exactly how it stacks up against key rivals and whether it’s deserving of your hard-earned cash.