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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall Astra

Overall verdict
The Astra re-thought. It works at providing what real people really want.


Composed to drive. OnStar is versatile, well-connected and easy to use


Could be more engaging and roomier


What is it?

The Astra is part of Britain’s motoring staple diet. A new generation is therefore inevitably an event. Doubly so with this one because it’s very new indeed – almost everything has been redesigned and re-engineered. It’s a lot lighter, a little smaller (though just as roomy), and prettier. One of the main draws on most versions is OnStar, GM’s highly impressive and easy-to-use connected car system.

The new Astra launches as a five-door hatch and Sports Tourer estate. The previous-gen three-door, including the GTC and VXR, continues for the time being.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6T 16V 200 Elite 5dr
6.6s 142g/km 45.6 200 £22,035
The cheapest
1.4i 16V Design 5dr
12.6s 124g/km 52.3 100 £16,320
The greenest
1.6 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Design 5dr
10.2s 88g/km 85.6 110 £18,520
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