Used Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (1998 - 2005) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 22 Aug 2014
4
The Astra MK IV was the car that signalled that Vauxhall (and European sister Opel) was once again serious about car building. The MK III was a disappointment: the engineering was mediocre, the suspension was soggy and the car simply didn’t suit pot-holed, bumpy UK roads.
Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (98-05)
Does most things very well.
It's too common.

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Astra MK IV was the car that signalled that Vauxhall (and European sister Opel) was once again serious about car building. The MK III was a disappointment: the engineering was mediocre, the suspension was soggy and the car simply didn’t suit pot-holed, bumpy UK roads. And by the mid-nineties its styling looked dated. Lotus helped tune the suspension and chassis and turned it into more of a driver’s car; the styling was far sharper and safety was – at the time – among the best in class.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

2.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Comfortable to drive, quite spacious yet not too big to drive around the city.  

5 out of 5

Anonymous ,   06 Oct 2013    ... read more

 Does near 40mpg which is quite impressive for a car of this age.  

4 out of 5

Tom Watson ,   18 Sep 2013    ... read more

 It's reliable, simple engine that is unlikely to have any serious problems.  

4 out of 5

Michael Forcer ,   31 Jul 2013    ... read more

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