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Vauxhall Astra Estate review

1998 - 2004 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £11,595 - £17,505
Used prices £463 - £2,446
Road tax cost £150 - £395
Insurance group 9 - 27
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 309 - 663 miles
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Available fuel types



Alternative fuel

Pros & cons


Loads of interior space makes it very practical


Ford Focus is much better

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The reason you see so many Astra vans pounding the fast lane is because they’re excellent workhorses and the closely-related estate is no exception. It’s a much better car than the early ’90s car that it replaced. Changes to the suspension and chassis mean that handling and ride are far more responsive and comfortable than earlier Astra models. Even the estate is a driver’s car despite its lack of image.

Used prices are now very competitive for this dependable workhorse and there’s a wide range of petrol and diesel engines.