Used Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (2004 - 2010) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 28 Aug 2009
The Vauxhall Astra is a good all-rounder that's sharply styled and easy to live with. It's not the most exciting or involving car to drive but it's safe and composed with good road manners while there's a wide range of strong diesel and petrol engines.
4 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    5 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

The Astra received a top five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, validating Vauxhall's claim that the car has a strong body structure. Every model comes with at least six airbags (more on some models - see equipment for details) and ABS. There's an immobiliser and remote central locking on all models while top cars have an alarm.

3.5 out of 5


A few minor problems are taking the shine off what is otherwise an excellent car and some owners have reported gearbox problems and electrical faults.

Car check problem points


No problems reported.


Check for correct gearbox operation.


A few electrical problems have been reported - check that everything works as it should.