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All-new Astra banishes memories of dull but worthy prececessor

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At a glance

New price £24,665 - £36,115
Lease from new From £222 p/m View lease deals
Used price £17,045 - £29,205
Used monthly cost From £425 per month
Fuel Economy 51.4 - 256.0 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £165
Insurance group 16 - 28 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Pokey and frugal petrol engines
  • Impressive interior quality
  • Surprisingly fun to drive

CONS

  • PHEV won't
  • Just one diesel engine available
  • Rear legroom and headroom are tight

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Written by Luke Wilkinson on

Pity the previous-generation Vauxhall Astra. There wasn’t much wrong with the way it drove, but it was about as memorable as a November weekend in Skegness. It lacked the same sort of ‘wantability’ Volkswagen has managed to curate with the Golf, which meant it failed to stand out from the crowd by the time it was pulled from the showrooms in 2021.

However, Vauxhall has turned that formula on its head for the latest Astra. First off, just look at it! It’s a proper head-turner. What’s more, it comes with a generous amount of standard equipment, a decent range of engines and a build quality good enough to put Volkswagen in the shade.

It helps that the eighth-generation Astra is closely related to the new Peugeot 308 – a car that we rate highly. However, before you dismiss the Astra as nothing more than a badge-engineered Peugeot, you should know that it’s been re-engineered with unique suspension and steering settings, fitted with a different (and arguably better) interior and wrapped in a sharp-looking body.

All of this is important stuff, because the Astra is wading into a hotly contested market, dominated by the likes of the Ford Focus, Kia Ceed, Hyundai i30, SEAT Leon and Volkswagen Golf. So it needs to look good and drive well to stand out.

For now, you have the choice of two 1.2-litre petrol engines, one 1.5-litre diesel engine and a 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid powertrain. However, Vauxhall is also planning to launch a pure-electric version of the car in 2023. There’s also a Sports Tourer estate variant and a more powerful PHEV scheduled for launch at the end of 2022.

Vauxhall has simplified the Astra’s range, too. Now, you have just three specifications to choose from. The cheapest Design model comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors and climate control. You also get a 10.0-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.0-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

GS-Line models get a contrasting black roof and black 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as a blacked-out Vizor panel and Vauxhall badge. On top of Design models, you get Forward Collision Alert, a 360-degree parking camera, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.

Ultimate spec comes at the top of the Astra tree and includes a whole suite of tech and driver assistance features, most notably blind spot alert and Lane Positioning Assist.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Vauxhall Astra and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.

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