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The Vauxhall Astra is the European Car of The Year

Joy. Astra beats XC90, MX-5 and others to win coveted award. But should it have? Tell us

Published: 29 Feb 2016
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BIG NEWS, TG.com. Europe has crowned its car of the year, and if you haven’t already guessed, the winner is the very worthy and quite good Vauxhall Astra.

Netting a total of 309 points, it beat the Volvo XC90 (294) and Mazda MX-5 (202) into second and third places. Both are cars we like very much and, maybe, would like to have been top of the leaderboard instead.

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But no matter, because the new Astra is really very good. Honest. Our man Paul Horrell, who happens to be a European Car of The Year juror, said of the Astra: “The steering is nicely progressive, so the Astra is a flattering car to drive. It resists understeer and body roll surprisingly well for a hatchback.”

The other cars on the shortlist, which was whittled down from a longlist of more than 40, were the Audi A4, BMW 7-Series, Skoda Superb and Jaguar XE.

Click on the blue words to read our reviews and then tell us, Internet, would you have rather a different car won? Doesn't need to have been on the shortlist, either...

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