Owning this Astra promises to be both convenient and cost-effective – just as you’d expect of a Vauxhall. Our test car returned an average of 55.1mpg for our True MPG testers, a result that only the most frugal diesel hatchbacks will beat in the real world.
The car’s competitive pricing helps to keep its benefit-in-kind tax liability down, as does its low CO2 output.
Our SRi Nav test car came relatively well equipped with various active safety systems, sports seats, cruise control, DAB and satellite navigation all fitted as standard. Dressing a Focus ST-Line up to the same equipment level makes it slightly more expensive. In fact, the Astra is available at a price to undercut almost all of its closest rivals – some by thousands of pounds rather than hundreds.
The Tech Line offering gives the best value to fleet drivers and won’t be promoted through retail channels, so the other trim levels of Design, Energy, SRi, SRi VX-Line and Elite will provide better value for private buyers.
It must be noted that the OnStar system is only available on the SRi, SRi VX-Line and Elite trim levels. Worthwhile options include parking sensors (as part of Parking Pack, which includes a rear view camera and blind spot alert), LED headlights and metallic paint.