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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Vauxhall Astra Estate (04-10) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Good fuel economy and cheap insurance help to keep running costs down; parts and servicing costs will stay competitive to please fleet users. Depreciation will always be a problem, so carefully maintained two- and three-year old cars are the best buys for long-term ownership.

Astra performs well on the eco front. With an average of 161 g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are relatively low for a small family estate. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.7-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest models in the range. The range is also fairly economical, averaging 42 mpg.

Certainly better than the previous Astra, and the much improved build quality bodes well for the future. These fourth generation cars seem to have shaken off the engine niggles that gave older Astras such a patchy reputation.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,385 - £1,818 *
Diesel 131p £1,027 - £1,489 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.7 CDTi 16V Diesel,
1.7 DTi 16V Diesel
129 g/km (Min) £125 - £265
1.8i 16V Petrol 211 g/km (Max) £325

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £125 - £325
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 9 - 27
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.