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. And if saving money on your tax bill is of paramount importance, the forthcoming 108bhp Ecoflex model, with CO2 emissions of just 82g/km, looks like it should be high on your shortlist.

Vicky Parrott

Deputy reviews editor
Add residual values that are expected by CAP to match those of the Focus and beat the Seat Leon’s and you end up with a package with which it is hard to find fault

Our SRi Nav test car, priced at a £970 saving compared with its immediate forebear, 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 more expensive by more than £400. 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.

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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 (£615 as part of Parking Pack - includes rear view camera and blind spot alert), LED headlights (£1250) and metallic paint (£555).

Add to that residual values that are expected by CAP to match those of the Focus and beat the Seat Leon’s and you end up with a package with which it is hard to find fault.

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