Vauxhall Astra - At a glance car review
The latest generation of the Vauxhall Astra, launched in 2015, was a massive step forward for the brand in pretty much every way. Better to drive, more efficient, lighter, aggressively priced and with a huge improvement in interior quality, the new model shoved the brand back towards the head of the field in this most competitive of company car segments. Five-door hatch and estate (built in the UK at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant on Merseyside) make up the range, with the GTC three-door coupe model that was part of the previous Astra family, continuing for now as was.
Excellent whole-life costs, good to drive, better interior, well-styled and well-priced.
The ride quality is not up with the best
Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 308, Kia Ceed, Hyundai i30
Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Seat Leon
The new Astra is a huge and much-needed advance for a car that was lagging well adrift of the best in class. But Impressive gains all round, especially in whole life costs, the interior design and quality, weight and therefore efficiency and driving enjoyment, and design, mean it’s now a highly recommendable car, for both driver and company.