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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 2.2i 16V SRi 3d (AC) (2004/53)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 2.2i 16V SRi 3d (AC) (2004/53) - Owner Review

Fantastic handling, light steering and ideal driving position, but gearchange typically notchy Vauxhall (still okay though) and revs ""hang"" a bit too long between gears.
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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Value

2 out of 5

Only 5 months old, for under £10k at Network Q dealer.

Costs

3 out of 5

Insurance good for the performance fuel consumption, okay unless round town.

Driving

5 out of 5

Fantastic handling, light steering and ideal driving position, but gearchange typically notchy Vauxhall (still okay though) and revs ""hang"" a bit too long between gears.

Performance

4 out of 5

Superb flexibility and grunt throughout rev range, but perhaps 5th gear could do with higher ratio (or 6th gear).

Reliability

3 out of 5

Exhaust manifold blowing after 1 week of ownership on 5 month old car! Otherwise okay so far.

Image

3 out of 5

Discreet (thankfully without naff full ""styling"" kit) but 2.2 badge and twin exhaust is sometimes red rag to fat (sorry, ""phat"") Saxo/Corsa Max Power brigade.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Firm, but compliant ride, supportive seats, quiet at speed, but drivers clutch-foot rest would be welcomed.

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Insurance group: 27

Security

4 out of 5

Standard alarm/immobiliser/locking wheel nuts.

Service

3 out of 5

Not brilliant service and rushed/disorganised preparation prior to collection.

Problems

Bodywork
None, but bonnet seems prone to stone chips.

Engine
Exhaust manifold blowing after 1 week (under warranty).

Gearbox
None other than standard ""notchy"" change.

Other
Radio comes on at volume 11 even when switched off at zero!

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
No

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes