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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch (05-10) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Smart styling, good turbocharged engines, optional panoramic roof, sharp handling

CONS

Poor rear visibility, cramped rear, boot awkward to access, fiddly dash layout

At a glance

New price £14,175 - £23,545
Used price £400 - £7,350
Fuel economy 30 - 62 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £325
Insurance group 10 - 34 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Smart styling, good turbocharged engines, optional panoramic roof, sharp handling

CONS

Poor rear visibility, cramped rear, boot awkward to access, fiddly dash layout

Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch rivals

The Astra Sport Hatch is very different from its dull five-door sibling and Vauxhall has done a great job in producing a sporty and distinctive design. The model is a fairly common site on the roads so it's easy to forget how attractive and neatly styled it is with a low, purposeful stance. It's entertaining to drive too thanks to a lower ride height than the five-door, although the steering still feels a little remote.

The cabin is disappointing - it's a dull design and the switches on the centre console are fiddly to use while the boot is awkward to access due to a narrow opening and high lip. If you can forgive these shortcomings however the Astra Sport Hatch makes a chic three-door and comes with a good choice of engines including some hot hatch rivalling turbocharged units.

Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch rivals

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