Vauxhall Astra

When people think of cars that have enjoyed enduring mass appeal over the last 30 years, the Vauxhall Astra must often spring to mind. Throughout the 80s and 90s the Astra was a popular brand. It was big enough to fit a family and small enough for the single occupant. UK drivers seem to have an affinity with this size of vehicle, with the Astra and contemporaries like the BMW 1Series, Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf, and Mini all cashing in on this market which counts for 17.5% of overall trade.

The Vauxhall Astra remains one of the biggest sellers on the British market. It bridges the gap between small car and family saloon perfectly and it doesn’t have the kind of premium price tag you would associate with the bigger cars. For just under £13,000 you can get a car of family proportions with a quality interior and advanced driving abilities, it can be found for even cheaper through the second hand market at places such as motors.co.uk.

The interior of the Vauxhall Astra exudes quality. All of the fittings have a robust feel and the genuinely ergonomic seats are a particular asset. The steering wheel is one shared by the Vauxhall family and features a chunky central pillar. The gear stick shares the same sturdy qualities, and the flashes of chrome around the central console add some jazz.

Stepping in to the Vauxhall Astra, you could be deceived into thinking you were aboard a vehicle with a far higher price tag. Especially when you move up the range and witness the ambient lighting, advanced stereo and tastefully futuristic dashboard.

Prices range from around £12,995 to £25,000, illustrating the spectrum of special editions available. If you visit the Vauxhall website, you’ll see how you’re encouraged to configure your car and really define a personalised specification.

The Vauxhall Astra has been a British institution for 30 years, but the trailblazing new version prevents any chance of the car slipping into the mundane. Because so many have been sold throughout the years there are also plenty of second hand models available.