Vauxhall Astra (2015-present)

The latest Vauxhall Astra is a very strong contender in the popular family hatchback class

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Very economical
Latest in-car tech
Satisfying to drive

Weaknesses 

VW Golf badge still more prestigious
Fairly average warranty cover
Poor residual values
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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.4t 16v 150 ultimate 5dr auto

Total RRP £26,925

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The Vauxhall Astra has long been one of Britain's best-selling cars and this current version deserves its success.

Previous versions have been also-rans, the latest Astra is one of the best all-round family hatchbacks that you can buy, offering comfort, value, space and fuel economy.

It's also a fun car to drive, with zippy engines and steering that's accurate and quick to respond, so you can take corners smoothly and with confidence.

Few rival cars offer so much, even though they are better in some areas: the Renault Megane and Peugeot 308 are more comfortable on bumpy roads, the Ford Focus and Mazda 3 are more fun to drive; the Skoda Octavia and Honda Civic have more space; while the Volkswagen Golf improves on the quality of the Astra's well-made interior.

The Astra is one of the best in its class for running costs, with very efficient turbocharged petrol and diesel engines delivering highly impressive mpg and CO2 emissions figures. These are also helped by the fact that this car is on average 200kg lighter than its predecessor.

Inside, a large touchscreen display dominates the dashboard and there’s been a general step up in quality compared to the outgoing car. Another improvement has been made to interior space: despite this Astra being more compact outside than the old one, there’s more passenger room inside and the boot is the same size as before.

Seven trim levels ensure that you should be able to find the standard equipment you;re looking for, while the hi-tech philosophy extends to the Astra’s line-up of safety kit. The Driver Assistance Pack (standard on the SRi version and optional elsewhere in the range) includes forward collision alert (which warns you if you’re about to hit the car in front and brakes if you don’t respond), traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance. More traditional safety gear such as airbags, Isofix child-seat mounts, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, tyre-pressure monitoring and emergency braking assistance.

Last Updated 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 14:45

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
370 litres
Width: 
1,809mm
Length: 
4,270mm
Height: 
1,485mm
Tax: 
£100 to £200 in first year, £140 thereafter / Pre-April 2017 cars: £0 to £145

Best Vauxhall Astra for... 

Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Design 5dr diesel hatchback
Vauxhall gives the ecoFLEX name to the most efficient petrol and diesel engines in its cars’ ranges. The Astra uses the brand’s 1.6-litre ‘Whisper’ diesel engines, which in addition to being very quiet (unlike many diesels) are extremely efficient: fuel economy in this version is 83mpg and CO2 emissions are 88g/km – well below the threshold for free road tax.
Vauxhall Astra 1.0T 12V ecoFLEX Design 5dr hatchback
While diesel engines are good for high-mileage motorway drivers, petrol is better suited to the typical family motoring mix of short school and shopping trips and longer weekend excursions. There’s an ecoFLEX petrol, too, returning over 65mpg, while the entry-level Design trim has everything you’ll really need.
Vauxhall Astra 1.6T 16V 200 SRi 5dr hatchback
A true high-performance VXR version of this Astra will arrive in due course, but for now the most powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine is pretty potent in its own right, getting the car from 0-62mph in just 6.6 seconds. It really looks the part in sporty SRi trim, too.
Vauxhall Astra 1.4T 16V 150 Elite Nav 5dr Auto hatchback
Astras are known for relatively heavy depreciation, so splashing big money on a high-spec version isn’t a very wise financial decision. The combination of an automatic gearbox and the second-most-powerful engine in the range makes for fairly steep running costs, too.

Vauxhall Astra History 

September 2015: Seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra goes on sale in the UK
December 2015: Astra one of seven nominees for European Car Of The Year 2016

Understanding Vauxhall Astra car names 

  • Astra
  • Engine
    1.6 CDTi Bi-Turbo 16V 160
  • Trim
    Elite Nav
  • Doors
    3dr
  • Engine
    There’s one non-turbocharged petrol engine in the range (the 1.4i), three turbos (1.0i, 1.4i and 1.6i) and three diesel, all version of Vauxhall’s 1.6-litre CDTi.
  • Trim
    There are five basic Astra trim levels – or versions: Design, Tech Line, Energy, SRi and Elite. The last two also have ‘Nav’ versions that add standard satellite navigation

Vauxhall Astra Engines 

1.4i, 1.0i Turbo, 1.4i Turbo, 1.6i Turbo (petrol); 1.6 CDTi (diesel)

Like most modern manufacturers, Vauxhall has turned to turbocharging technology in order to help its engines meet the latest emissions regulations, while still giving customers the power and fuel-efficiency they want.

There is a single non-turbocharged engine in the range – the entry-level 1.4i with just 99bhp. Although it makes the Astra pretty cheap to buy, you end up with a car that feels quite lacklustre to drive (0-62mph takes over 12 seconds) and works relatively expensive to run, with poorer fuel economy and higher emissions than some of the more powerful engines.

The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol is a great engine, and our pick of the range if you generally do shorter trips rather than long motorway runs. A few years ago, a 1.0-litre engine would have seemed out of place in a car this size, but the latest models work very well, getting the Astra from 0-60mph in almost 10 seconds while still returning well over 60mpg.

If you want more power, there are two versions of a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, putting out 123 and 148bhp respectively. They have identical economy figures, although if you regularly use the latter’s performance to the full, you probably won’t quite hit them. Rounding off the petrol line-up is the punchy 197bhp 1.6-litre, which makes the Astra fast enough to be considered a hot hatchback, with a commensurate reduction in fuel economy.

As you’d expect, diesel is what you want if you’re after the most efficient Astra. The car is available with a choice of three 1.6-litre CDTi ‘Whisper’ engines – so called because they’re considerably quieter than normal for a diesel. The headline economy figure here is 83mpg for the entry-level 108bhp version, but if you fancy a little bit more oomph, even the more powerful 134 and 158bhp versions can hit mid-to-high seventies mpg on smaller wheels.

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.4i

Petrol

51.4 - 52.3mpg

99bhp

12.6s

115mph

1.0i Turbo

Petrol

64.2 - 68.9mpg

104bhp

10.5 - 11.9s

124mph

1.4i Turbo

Petrol

51.4 - 52.3mpg

123bhp

8.6s

127mph

1.4i Turbo

Petrol

51.4 - 52.3mpg

148bhp

7.8 - 8.4s

134mph

1.6i Turbo

Petrol

46.3mpg

197bhp

6.6s

146mph

1.6 CDTi

Diesel

83.1 - 85.6mpg

108bhp

10.2s

124mph

1.6 CDTi

Diesel

62.8 - 74.3mpg

134bhp

9.0 - 9.1s

127mph

1.6 CDTi

Diesel

67.3 - 78.5mpg

158bhp

8.1s

137mph

 

Vauxhall Astra Trims 

Design, Tech Line, Energy, SRi, SRi Nav, Elite, Elite Nav

Vauxhalls tend to be good value from a standard equipment perspective, with even the entry-level models getting plenty of features. The Astra upholds this: the cheapest Design version sports 16-inch alloys, a four-speaker stereo, smartphone integration, DAB radio, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, cruise control and electric windows all round.

Tech Line adds a leather steering wheel, a six-speaker stereo and satellite navigation, while the Energy doesn’t have the six-speaker stereo or sat nav, but it also gets a leather wheel, plus 17-inch alloys and heated front seats.

Next up is the sporty SRi, which gives the Astra more comfortable sports seats, rain-sensing wipers and the Vauxhall OnStar system – a sort of in-car ‘concierge service’ that you can contact for help with driving directions, booking your car in for a service or assistance in the event of an crash or other incident. SRi Nav is the same, save for the addition of sat nav.

The top-of-the-range version of the Astra is called the Elite. It’s packed with luxury-car features such as a heated steering wheel, ergonomic heated leather seats, USB charging points in the back, dual-zone climate control, power-folding mirrors and the OnStar system. Elite Nav adds sat nav to the mix. The only downside with these versions is that all that kit doesn’t really boost the car’s price on the secondhand market, so their residual values are weaker than the less expensive trim levels.

Vauxhall Astra Reliability and warranty 

This latest generation of the Astra has only been on sale in the UK for around six months, so there isn’t any comprehensive data on its long-term reliability available just yet. Judging by the results of Auto Express magazine’s 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, though, it needs to make a big improvement on its predecessor, which owners ranked 178th overall, 188th for reliability and 169th for build quality out of 200 cars surveyed.

Vauxhall’s warranty isn’t all that impressive, either. The company used to offer an innovative ‘lifetime’ warranty that covered its cars’ first owners for an unlimited amount of time up to 100,000 miles, but withdrew that offer some time ago. Today, all new Vauxhalls get a fairly standard three-year/60,000-mile guarantee, which is about the minimum buyers expect

Used Vauxhall Astra 

Again, with this Astra only having been on sale for around six months, there are few examples on the used market right now, so its residual values are something of an unknown. Previous versions of the Astra have traditionally been very popular with private buyers, fleet companies and car-rental firms, though, leading to large numbers of them coming up for sale secondhand and values suffering as a result.

It remains to be seen whether this latest Astra’s step up in quality and efficiency will see that trend reversed. At the time of writing, dealer discounts varied considerably, with up to 10% being offered off the price of more expensive and powerful versions, but little movement on the list price of the more efficient and popular engines.

 

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Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Design 5dr

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Vauxhall Astra Prices

Vauxhall Astra Design

1.0t ecotec design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,733

You could save up to: £1612

1.4t 16v 125 design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,797

You could save up to: £1658

1.4t 16v 150 design 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,261

You could save up to: £1804

1.6 cdti 16v 136 design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 76.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,691

You could save up to: £1859

1.6 cdti 16v ecotec design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 85.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,024

You could save up to: £1821

Vauxhall Astra Elite Nav

1.0t ecotec elite nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,749

You could save up to: £5616

1.4t 16v 150 elite nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,033

You could save up to: £5692

1.4t 16v 150 elite nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,265

You could save up to: £5860

1.6 cdti 16v 136 elite nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,691

You could save up to: £5879

1.6 cdti 16v 136 elite nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,853

You could save up to: £6037

1.6 cdti 16v ecotec elite nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 83.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,049

You could save up to: £5816

1.6t 16v 200 elite nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,600

You could save up to: £5520

Vauxhall Astra SE

1.0t ecotec se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,040

You could save up to: £5555

1.4t 16v 150 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,324

You could save up to: £5631

Vauxhall Astra SRi

1.0t ecotec sri 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,728

You could save up to: £5477

1.4t 16v 150 sri 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,052

You could save up to: £5513

1.4t 16v 150 sri 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,284

You could save up to: £5681

1.6 cdti 16v 136 sri 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,671

You could save up to: £5739

1.6 cdti 16v 136 sri 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,832

You could save up to: £5898

1.6 cdti 16v ecotec sri 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 83.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,048

You could save up to: £5657

Vauxhall Astra SRi Nav

1.0t ecotec sri nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,344

You could save up to: £5561

1.4t 16v 150 sri nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,668

You could save up to: £5597

1.4t 16v 150 sri nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £17,900

You could save up to: £5765

1.6 cdti 16v 136 sri nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,287

You could save up to: £5823

1.6 cdti 16v 136 sri nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,448

You could save up to: £5982

1.6 cdti 16v ecotec sri nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 83.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,664

You could save up to: £5741

Vauxhall Astra SRi Vx-line

1.4t 16v 150 sri vx-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,108

You could save up to: £5657

1.6 cdti 16v 136 sri vx-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,727

You could save up to: £5883

Vauxhall Astra SRi Vx-line Nav

1.6 cdti 16v 136 sri vx-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,343

You could save up to: £5967

Vauxhall Astra Sri Vx-line Nav

1.4t 16v 150 sri vx-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,724

You could save up to: £5741

1.6t 16v 200 sri vx-line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,251

You could save up to: £5909

Vauxhall Astra Tech Line Nav

1.0t ecotec tech line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,354

You could save up to: £1691

1.4t 16v 125 tech line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,458

You could save up to: £1697

1.4t 16v 150 tech line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,882

You could save up to: £1883

1.6 cdti 16v 136 tech line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,312

You could save up to: £1938

1.6 cdti 16v 136 tech line nav 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 64.2mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,483

You could save up to: £2087

1.6 cdti 16v ecotec tech line nav 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 85.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,645

You could save up to: £1900

Vauxhall Astra Ultimate

1.4t 16v 150 ultimate 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,497

You could save up to: £6028

1.4t 16v 150 ultimate 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £20,729

You could save up to: £6196

1.6t 16v 200 ultimate 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,064

You could save up to: £6156