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The Vauxhall Astra GTC 2.0 CDTi Sri has accurate, crisp steering and an agile chassis, even if the diesel powerplant isn't the most effervescent powerplant in the range

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

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21 October 2011

Why is it not as desirable as the Scirocco?

To my eyes this is a lot more desirable.

Excellent result Vauxhall, I now eagerly await the VXR version. Hopefully power doesn't corrupt in this case.

 

 

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

21 October 2011

As looks are a personal thing it shouldnt matter that the styling is blobby, neither should its very Korean looking dash. Instead i should be impressed that GM have made it drive better. will these revisions be fitted to the the other models? i doubt it.

If you have an all Vauxhall company car list i guess this becomes one of the better choices. other than that i am unimpressed.

21 October 2011

[quote TegTypeR]

Why is it not as desirable as the Scirocco?

To my eyes this is a lot more desirable.

Excellent result Vauxhall, I now eagerly await the VXR version. Hopefully power doesn't corrupt in this case.

[/quote] The Scirocco is more desirable due to the badge and perceived quality, will be the stock answer as well as better residuals. On looks, the Astra runs the Scirocco close but it's engines currently let it down for me. Vauxhall are on the up for me (never been a fan) and the Astra is evidence of this for me.

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21 October 2011

[quote TegTypeR]

Why is it not as desirable as the Scirocco?

To my eyes this is a lot more desirable

[/quote] +1

It looks great and sounds like a good drive. Can't wait for the new VXR...

21 October 2011

Luton?

Is the Astra not built in Ellesmere Port?

21 October 2011

[quote Handsome_Tom]

Luton?

Is the Astra not built in Ellesmere Port

[/quote]

Yes, Astras are built in Ellesmere Port.

Luton is the Vauxhall headquarters, and the author meant Vauxhall by writing Luton.

21 October 2011

[quote Rich_uk] The Scirocco is more desirable due to the badge and perceived quality[/quote] Having driven and spent much time in a friends Scirocco I have to say that I find it very poor quality. Many major points of contact feel cheap and vulnerable and I even broke an air vent while trying to adjust the angle, it simply came off in my hand. I would seriously consider one of these if I were in the market for a coupe or hot hatch. Can't wait to see one in the metal

21 October 2011

[quote TegTypeR]

Why is it not as desirable as the Scirocco?

To my eyes this is a lot more desirable.

[/quote]

and + 1

Why oh why is a Scirocco more desirable - its a VW badge not BMW or Audi......

This is nicer in and out. If my experience of Passat or Insignia mean anything this Astar will be sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better,

21 October 2011

It looks a lot like the 3 yr old Megane Coupe to me, only not quite as aggressive or handsome, a bit more feminine perhaps.

The interior is also very Hyundai, come on someone a fresh take on an interior please!

I will admit though Opel UK`s products are getting better and more desirable.

21 October 2011

Remembering Clarkson saying that he'd eat his own hair if the previous 3 door Astra looked as good as the styling exercise... this thing looks superb; even better than the last one.

30 years ago it would have been a Chevette. How car's have improved since then!

(Before anyone says it, I'm not including the HS or the HSR in that statement...)

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