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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.8i 16V Sport 5d (AC) (1999/V)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.8i 16V Sport 5d (AC) (1999/V) - Owner Review

Handles corners really well with the sports suspension. Gearchange is a bit stiff when car is cold, though.
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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)

Value

5 out of 5

Bought from Network Q, 1 year old for £10k with 10k miles on clock. Much better value than the SXi, mainly for the standard ABS, traction control and cd player.

Costs

4 out of 5

Not bad to date. Network Q warranty covered all things in first year, then traction control sensor on front near side wheel went just after warranty finished. Vauxhall picked up half of the £220 tab.

Driving

5 out of 5

Handles corners really well with the sports suspension. Gearchange is a bit stiff when car is cold, though.

Performance

5 out of 5

1.8 16v engine is willing, flexible and fast. All for only Group 8 insurance!

Reliability

3 out of 5

A few minor niggles were fixed under warranty, like rattling seat belt clips and sqealing rear disc brakes. Then the traction control sensor went.

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3 out of 5

There isn't a lot to separate the Sport from lesser models in the range, which is a shame as it is a very capable car. Not many 'Sport' models around on the roads.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Sports seats good, aircon good and CD player good. The leather steering wheel is excellent!

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Insurance group: 15

Security

4 out of 5

Standard security kit good, but I believe the deadlocks on the Astra were easily overcome in a recent What Car? security test.

Service

3 out of 5

We had some very poor service from the dealer when fixing warranty claims, which greatly inconvenienced us. However, Vauxhall's donation to some work after the warranty period ended was very good.

Problems

Bodywork
-

Engine
-

Gearbox
None, other than it is a bit stiff when cold.

Other
Traction control sensor as mentioned above.

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