Vauxhall Astra information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Vauxhall’s family hatch, estate, GTC coupe and VXR hot hatch. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Astra car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
These days the Astra’s a relatively handsome character, with swoopier styling than the Focus and Golf. Choose from a five-door hatch, a midi estate version called the Sports Tourer and a more expressively styled three-door version called the GTC coupe. There’s also the rabid VXR version. For more information, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
The Astra’s a perfectly competent hatch but can’t quite cut it with the Focus and Golf, for either perceived quality or driving fun. The GTC coupe’s a different matter, though – it’s the best Vauxhall in years, combining fine ride and handling with standout looks. VXR takes the GTC as its base but ramps up the power to 276bhp, all somehow channelled through the front wheels by a limited-slip diff. Torque-steer apart, it’s a more well-rounded package than the rowdy VXR of old.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
1.7 CDTi hatch. A bit rough, a bit noisy, a bit flat
Rivals to consider
Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Peugeot 308, VW Golf
More well-rounded than ever, huge choice of engines and bodystyles
Ordinary driving experience (on five-door models, anyway), plasticky cabin, bewilderingly broad trim range