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Plenty of poke and decent running costs, but it’s not the most rewarding car in its class to drive

Our Verdict

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best-looking hatchbacks, but average dynamics and performance hamper its overall appeal

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7 July 2011

yes, but an astra is a rebadged, german engineered opel.

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8 July 2011

[quote kcrally]yes, but an astra is a rebadged, german engineered opel.[/quote] So? It still has one of the worst modern diesel engines and very little else to recommend it. It's not like Opel has a wonderful reputation, nor that Germans are known for never making a bad car.

8 July 2011

[quote Autocar]

The Astra five-door isn’t a car for enthusiasts. If you want a quick Astra with a sports chassis, Vauxhall says that will be provided to you in the shape of the upcoming three-door Astra GTC.

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Why? Do people who drive 5 doors not want enthusiastic handling?

I remember a time when the SRi monika slapped to the butt of an Astra meant you were getting something interesting in the chassis department, not just a trim level. Fair enough it wasn't always the class best but it was a step up.

With the rest of the package being so competitive (and for me arguably more desirable than the Golf), especially in the engine department, it seems a shame they have let this one aspect go to waste.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 July 2011

Exactly. The Vectra C SRI I had with the old 150 CDTI engine was a real pleasure to drive, for a Vectra at least. The current Insignia SRI doesn't even look any sportier than the rest of the range, same problem with the Astra I here.

This reminds me of the VW Golf GTI, changing from a real sporty option to a re-badged mid-range model. VW had the sense to push back against that mundanity, Vauxall/Opel need to do the same.

8 July 2011

It's got 'lowered and uprated sports suspension', 'sports front seats', '3 spoke leather covered sports steering wheel'

Sounds pretty sporty to me.

If it's spoilers and the like you're after they do those too as optional extras because not everyone wants them.

8 July 2011

[quote Lifer]

Sounds pretty sporty to me.

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Your missing the point. SRi's used to be warm versions of the model they were adorned to and drove accordingly, what ever the body shape. Indeed, traditionally they haven't been bespoilered but they did look different from the standard cars.

Clearly indicated in the report, Vauxhall consider the three door to be the entertaining version and the review seems to reinforce this. Surely there shouldn't be a differentiation between body styles.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 July 2011

[quote TegTypeR]Your missing the point.[/quote]

You missed the sarcasm.

8 July 2011

[quote Lifer]

[quote TegTypeR]Your missing the point.[/quote]

You missed the sarcasm.

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Ahhh.... Hands up to that one.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

8 July 2011

Well OK folks, give yourself a pat on the back for giving the Astra a good bashing. Wrongly or rightly most people on these forums (and on others) favour the German equivalent; and they seem to rather put their hands in their pockets for anything but a British built car (in this case Ellesmere Port). I don't think the Astra is necessarily a better car than the Golf. But below is a few reasons why myself and wife bought a version of this car (in fact it's a 2.0 CDTI 160 S/S but a Sports Tourer aka the estate) - it was only £299 advance payment for a Motability purchase (nothing, inc the Golf comes even remotely close to the rounded qualities at this puny amount - it's British built so a purchase (albeit on the Motability scheme) at least go's some/little way to securing British jobs etc - I can tell you it's quick; in fact 40-70mph is really quick - it's immensely refined on the motorway, even at 'faster' speeds - the cabin is well thought out in terms of storage/cubby holes i.e. good for kids - trust me, that's important! - for bigger/awkward loads the back seats come out (does the golf have that?) - it's so much better looking (in Touring form) than the Golf and the Focus it's laughable - 50mpg overall cycle is achievable. I'm now getting 46mpg but it's only done 700 miles! I'm perhaps not driving it as economically as I could do either... Yes, it's helm is lacking a bit in feel but I don't understand the comments about noise at lower speeds - it sounds no different than a warmed up 09 VW Passat 2.0 i was in recently. I have no probs with the clutch for that matter either. I agree that if you buying outright at 22k then this would be an expensive car - but what a machine I have for only £299 upfront payment and 3 years (hoepfully) enjoyable v.low cost Motability driving........

8 July 2011

So; Fast but not much fun or particularly comfortable to drive. Definitely an Astra then, GM have learnt very little from the last car or the competition.

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