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The Astra is a good all-rounder, scoring highly in terms of style and choice throughout the range. The fact the Astra was at one point used for the ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ segment on Top Gear, where celebrities try to set the fastest time around a track, says a lot about its reputation as a reliable investment in hassle-free motoring. It also speaks volumes about its potential for power when you need it.

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Why buy a Vauxhall Astra?

It’s good looking and well made. Mostly bought new as a five-door, chances are that you’ll be able to find one of those reasonably-priced with ease on the second-hand market, which makes your life easier if you have kids. When you factor in the Astra’s reputation for a roomy interior as well, it makes it a good, lower-cost buy if you want a steady, spacious family car.

Both the hatchback and sports tourer versions have long been a favourite of police forces up and down the country too. So, you know that if it’s well-made and reliable enough for the keepers of the peace, there’s more than a good chance it’ll be able to handle your daily commute.

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Which Vauxhall Astra is right for me?

Latest Range

Take It To The Top: Vauxhall Astra Elite

Take It To The Top: Vauxhall Astra Elite

The Elite model is the top spec Astra, coming with heated leather seats and heated leather steering wheel as standard. It also comes with a wide range of engines, from the highly efficient 1.6 turbo diesel to the quick-off-the-mark, 150bhp, 1.4 turbo petrol engine.

Sporty, Yet Safe: Vauxhall Astra SRi

Sporty, Yet Safe: Vauxhall Astra SRi

The SRi model is ideal for longer commutes, featuring a range of safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, automatic headlights, the list goes on. Nevertheless, the SRi still lives up to its sporty name, with a sport switch with the majority of engines and sports-style front seats.

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The one with everything: Vauxhall Astra Elite

The one with everything: Vauxhall Astra Elite

If you want an Astra with all the bells and whistles, take a look at an Astra Elite. It’s more likely to come with executive-level extras than anything else in the Astra range, because it’s packed with them when bought new. Expect electrically foldable door mirrors, automatic lights that shine into corners and adapt between town and motorway driving to give you the best view possible in the dark, plus dual-zone electronic climate control and heated front seats.

What are the Alternatives?

For German engineering: Volkswagen Golf

For German engineering: Volkswagen Golf

The Golf has owned this part of the market for decades. Driving one gives you combined helpings of status and reliability that other choices struggle to compete with. It scores well for handling and looks too. All these benefits are reflected in the pricing, of course, but the consensus has always been that it’s worth ponying up the dough if you’ve got it.

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Cheap and reliable: Ford Focus

Cheap and reliable: Ford Focus

The Focus is similar to the Astra in that it does a lot of things well – certainly for families who are in the market for a hatchback. It is deceptively spacious inside, while it’s also available fairly cheaply.

It’s noted for having a smooth ride and is therefore an enjoyable car to drive. While it may not have the same love-me-or-hate-me looks as the first Focus models, it’s still more than worth a second glance.

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For more style: Renault Megane

For more style: Renault Megane

The current iteration of the Megane offers good fuel economy and cheap running costs, while models made between 2002 and 2008 have that distinctive double-shaped rear. That same version even won European Car of the Year in 2013, nodding to its quality. Well-made and comfortable, certain models even have TomTom satnavs built in.

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Low cost, easy to run: Toyota Auris

Low cost, easy to run: Toyota Auris

So reliable that current Auris owners have probably forgotten what the inside of a garage looks like, you can be confident one of these will keep going and going. Even though it scores lower in the desirability stakes than the more prestigious VW Golf and Audi A3, it hits essentials like practicality and emissions out of the park. It’s had a reputation for being bad on road noise for several versions now, but has been bolstered with improved handling over the years.

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