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Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.7 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Exclusiv (130bhp) (99g/km) 5d (2012/61)

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 1.7 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Exclusiv (130bhp) (99g/km) 5d (2012/61) - Owner Review

5 door hatchback, lots of cubby holes for storage.Roomy and comfortable with lots of adjustment for seat and steering wheel position.
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Review submitted by
Colin Gooding on

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (09-15)

Summary

4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
That I had very little choice in the make, model and colour of car I was allocated.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Not had any comments one way or the other yet. The Astra is a fairly anonymous design, this latest version is definately streets ahead of the previous model which was a bit bland.

Would you buy this car again and why?
To early to say but generally I never have the same car twice.

What are you likely to buy next?
My next car will probably be my retirement vehicle so I will likely go for a Golf or a Focus unless the Astra grows on me and I decide to buy it.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?
New

What price did you pay?
-

When did you buy the car?
January 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
Lease car from Alphabet Leasing.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Company Lease Car.

What was the dealer like?
Did not go to a dealer the vehicle was sourced through online auction for fleet purchasers.

Driving it

4 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Very smooth and comfortable, easy car to drive all controls are light. Although there is no specific running in procedure I treat my cars fairly gently over the first 1000 miles keeping the engine spinning freely and not labouring in too high a gear. Will comment on performance when its loosened up a bit. Engine seems a bit gruffer and not quite so refined as my previous diesel Clio.

What's it like to park?
Its ok but like most modern designs it has a few blindspots, the rather thick A pillar and front door design requires a bit of care at junctions and roundabouts and visibility to the rear is a bit limited. I will get used to it.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Only had it a few days so its to early to say. The particle filter warning light came on yesterday but has now gone out.

What's most practical about your car?
5 door hatchback, lots of cubby holes for storage.Roomy and comfortable with lots of adjustment for seat and steering wheel position.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
Start/Stop function switches of engine if stationary in traffic. Has the usual array of gadgets ie traction control, ABS, EPS etc.

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