Parkers overall rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3

Should you buy a Vauxhall Astra?

Yes, with provisos. To choose one over a Ford Focus or SEAT Leon, it will need to be heavily discounted, although the 2019 facelift model is a great deal more appealing. The Vauxhall Astra hatchback's popularity is slipping – but judging on the car's overall mix of abilities, it's fair to say that's it's no fault of the car. It’s well-equipped, good to drive and well-priced, and you’re likely to be able to get a great deal on one if you haggle hard enough.

Of the newer three cylinder models, there's plenty to choose from and it'll cover most budgets. You’ll keep costs down by going for the entry-level turbo petrol, as Vauxhall says many will, while high milers will benefit more from the 1.5-litre diesel's overall economy. It shouldn’t cost too much to run, either, which is key if you have one eye on everyday running costs. Chances are you’ll be able to get a good deal on one, too.

'There's not actually a great deal wrong with the Vauxhall Astra, but compared with many of its rivals, it lacks that all-important charisma or want factor. Despite that, the pick of the range 1.2-litre turbo is a great all-rounder in search of a new identity.'

Keith Adams, Parkers Editor

Company car drivers should look straight to the diesel options too - both outputs return strong economy and low CO2 emissions, but it’s the lower powered that’s the most impressive. As long as you don’t need the fastest 0-62mph time, this is a good option. The higher output model may offer a better blend of performance and economy for motorway use, though.

It’s not the most exciting choice in the world, but there should be an Astra to suit all tastes with a vast number of engine and trim combinations available. We're interested to see how the all-new engines (to the Astra) will work in it, as they're excellent elsewhere. But currently, the severe lack of 'want' factor really does play against it.

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