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Vauxhall Astra v Ford Focus v VW Golf v Kia Cee'd v Mazda 3

This week's Autocar magazine pits the new Vauxhall Astra against its chief rivals, the Ford Focus, the VW Golf, Kia Cee'd and Mazda 3.

Using a price point of around £20,000, the five small family cars are pitted against each other on a route that heads out of London on the M3 and M27 motorways, before taking in a twisting, scenic route on the Hampshire/Dorset border.

You can enjoy the best of the pictures by following the link below.

See pictures of the New Astra v its rivals test here

Our final reckoning has the Focus taking top spot, followed by the Golf, Astra, 3 and then Cee'd.

You can find out how and why that result was reached in this week's Autocar magazine, on sale today.

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turbinecol 20 November 2009

Re: New Astra v its rivals - pic special

I gave up reading Autoexpress many years ago when i worked out their scoops never ever materialise. Take sporty Fords for example. Every other week another scoop Fiesta RS, Focus 4WD RS, new Capri RS!, etc etc. All total nonsense dreamed up out of thin air.

Rogp1 19 November 2009

Re: New Astra v its rivals - pic special

Check out Autoexpress, they did a group test split into 6 diff areas and overall the Golf came 1st followed by the Mazda 3, the price of the Astra went against it and it had the least powerfull diesel engine, the Focus came last, again price and showing it's age but still good for handling and practicality.

The Apprentice 19 November 2009

Re: New Astra v its rivals - pic special

Perhaps Kia need to play with the journos balls more..