Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy one?

Based on our early impressions, we’d say the Vauxhall Astra is definitely worth a punt. Putting aside the way it looks inside and out – you can make your own minds up about that – it’s well-priced, packed with equipment, and proves to be an impressively refined steer. Vauxhall is on a bit of a roll with its latest models, and the Astra continues the upward trend.

Stand-out factors for us are the way it drives and the smoothness of the engines available. Performance is good without being great, but if you want a family hatchback that you intend to cover long distances in, this should have your needs covered.

Based on early impressions, it’s a strong challenger to the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, although the former will be a sportier drive for enthusiasts and the latter still has brand values Vauxhall would kill for. As for how it compares with the class-leading SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia, we’ll need to compare them more closely on UK roads.

Full price and spec details can be found here, and you can order one now. The first ones will be delivered in the first few months of 2022.

What we like

The refinement and motorway calm are good, and the model range and value for money certainly appeal. The plug-in hybrid Astra is a serene place to spend time, so if you value that while attracting low BIK tax, it’s a good option to go for.

What we don’t like

It’s not as practical as some of its rivals, and we’d like to see more choice of engines. The near two-year wait for an electric version is also inconvenient for those wanting to trade up from their Corsa-e models…