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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 Nav 5dr
7.3s 147g/km 43.5 200 £24,370
The cheapest
1.0T ecoTEC Design 5dr
10.9s 107g/km 60.1 105 £18,700
The greenest
1.0T 16V ecoFLEX Energy 5dr
10.5s 104g/km 62.8 105 £19,020
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