Used Vauxhall Astra VXR (2005 - 2010) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 21 Aug 2014
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This is the high performance version of the Astra - a car that competes alongside the likes of the Ford Focus ST and venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI. It certainly has the right performance credentials thanks to a turbocharged 2.
Vauxhall Astra VXR (05-10)
Tremendous pace, keen handling, purposeful styling
Performance delivery lacks polish, drab interior, uncomfortably stiff ride, lacks feelgood factor

New price range:

£22,810

Used price range:

£1,729 - £4,625

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

This is the high performance version of the Astra - a car that competes alongside the likes of the Ford Focus ST and venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI. It certainly has the right performance credentials thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that produces 240bhp. The styling is suitably hot hatch-esque too with a bulging bodykit, a central exhaust and large alloy wheels.

But while it looks good, the VXR isn't that enjoyable to drive. The ride is simply too firm, the power delivery is anything but smooth and the steering lacks feel. While it is undoubtedly hard-edged, other hot hatches offer more enjoyment and refinement.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

2.5 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

2.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Nothing really comes to mind. It's not really ment to be practical, it's a hot hatch on steroids.  

4 out of 5

Jon McManus ,   11 Jul 2015    ... read more

 4 seats, but most of my family and friends are too embarrassed to get in to be honest.  

1 out of 5

Steve Tomkins ,   21 Jun 2015    ... read more

 Only 2 in the family so the size is fine. Amazing what can be fitted in the boot with the seats down.  

5 out of 5

Steve Atkinson ,   18 Jan 2015    ... read more

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