7 April 2004

Luton's people's champion goes underneath the microscope this week, as Autocar publishes its first full road test on the hatchback that Vauxhall hopes can depose Ford's Focus as Britain's best-selling car.

Specifically, it's the £15,195 1.8-litre SRi that's put though its paces this week, a high-specification car with the entry-level engine for that model. However, as the road test expounds, 'it's the Astra range as a whole that's really under the spotlight.'

'If the Golf offers prestige at a considerable price,' it goes on, 'and the Focus a seminal driving experience but a cheap-feeling interior, then the Astra is somewhere in between.'

For the full six-page road test, get this week's Autocar

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