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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Vauxhall Astra VXR (12-15) review.

3 out of 5 3.0
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Vauxhall Astra VXR (05-10) - rated 3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £23,360 - £23,360
Used price £1,885 - £5,135
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £325
Insurance group 34 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Tremendous pace, keen handling, purposeful styling

CONS

Performance delivery lacks polish, drab interior, uncomfortably stiff ride, lacks feelgood factor

Vauxhall Astra VXR rivals

Mazda
3 MPS
3.5 out of 5 3.5

Written by David Ross on

This is the high performance version of the Astra - a car that competes alongside the likes of the Ford Focus ST and venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI. It certainly has the right performance credentials thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that produces 240bhp. The styling is suitably hot hatch-esque too with a bulging bodykit, a central exhaust and large alloy wheels.

But while it looks good, the VXR isn't that enjoyable to drive. The ride is simply too firm, the power delivery is anything but smooth and the steering lacks feel. While it is undoubtedly hard-edged, other hot hatches offer more enjoyment and refinement.

Vauxhall Astra VXR rivals

Mazda
3 MPS
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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