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