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Vauxhall Astra VXR review

2005 - 2010 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £22,810
Used prices £1,585 - £4,771
Road tax cost £395
Insurance group 34
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 343 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


Tremendous pace, keen handling, purposeful styling


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

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.