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The Vauxhall Astra has been one of the UK’s favourite cars for over 30 years and is a leader in the small family car market with seven generations offering a solid mixture of performance and looks.

A family car with premium features, the Astra is renowned for being a practical and competitively priced family car, while still being fun to drive.

And with eleven different trim levels to choose from, you’re sure to find an Astra to suit you, whether it’s the entry-level Design to the sporty SRi.

All of the Astra models come with an impressive level of features as premium and the car also boasts an impressive MPG, as well as faring well in safety tests, making it a great all-round choice for all types of drivers.

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Having been on the market for over 30 years, there are multiple variants of the Vauxhall Astra available, including both three and five-door models, hatchback and saloon options.

There are also many different trim levels available, including the popular SRi and the luxurious Elite and Elite Nav.

You’ll also find a wide range of engine sizes for the Astra, with both petrol and diesel options available.

There’s a reason that the Vauxhall Astra has been a firm favourite for more than three decades now and is one the leading names in the small family car market.

With a mixture of agility and practicality, the Astra has been consistently regarded as one of the best family cars around, now into its seventh generation.

Equally equipped as a functional car for the day to day of family life while still offering a quality drive, with excellent handling, the Astra continues to be one of the most popular cars in the country to this day.

Brief History of the Vauxhall Astra

  • Initially launched as a right-hand-drive version of the Opel Kadett and was Vauxhall’s first front-wheel-drive car.
  • Won What Car’s ‘Car of the Year’ award for 1980.
  • Second generation launched in 1984 with a completely restyled body, winning European Car of the year the following year.
  • The third generation arrived in 1991, although it wasn’t a huge departure from the previous iteration.
  • The Mk4 launched in 1998 with improvements to the ride and handling of the MK3, with a greater focus on safety too.
  • The fifth-generation was released in 2004 as a five-door hatchback, followed by a five-door estate and a three-door hatchback which featured a ‘panoramic windscreen’.
  • The 2009 sixth-generation car enjoyed strong sales and was even used as the “Reasonably Priced Car” on Top Gear.
  • The most recent version was released in 2015 and features the “OnStar” system, which allows the driver to call for assistance with an in-built dial.

There are many reasons why the Vauxhall Astra has proven so popular throughout the years, with the vehicle excelling in a number of areas.

Primarily, drivers love the practicality of the Astra, allied with a simple and stylish design. While some of the older models may be starting to look a little dated by now, the majority still look great, with a number of modern touches and features.

The Astra is also known as being a spacious car, especially when it comes to the more recent models, with a sizeable cabin, as well as ample space in the boot, which is even greater if you opt for the Estate option, making it ideal as a family car.

However, if you’re after a little more performance, there are plenty of great options too. For example, there’s a range of engine sizes available, from the 1.2-litre to turbocharged 2.0-litre options.

The Astra is also a very fuel-efficient car, especially the diesel models, with low emissions and impressive MPG returns, with eco-flex options available if you really want to keep your emissions low.

Best of all, you can pick up a used Vauxhall Astra for a very reasonable price too, so be sure to check out the latest deals here at ChooseMyCar.

All Vauxhalls, including the Astra, are known for being practical and well-built cars, but as when buying any second-hand car, it’s important to carry out some checks to make sure that everything is in good working order. While you’ll want to check the whole car over, including the interior and the electrics, here are some of the common problems that some drivers have reported with Vauxhall Astras.

For example, some drivers of manual versions of the Vauxhall Astra is clutch judder, so be sure to take your Astra for a test drive and ensure that it drives smoothly with no clutch issues.

With diesel models, some drivers have reported issues with the water pumps, which should be replaced every 40,000 miles, so you might want to check whether this has been the case.

The rear electric windows also sometimes suffer from loose connections, so make sure that these are in good working order too.

If you’re looking to buy a used Vauxhall Astra, have you considered spreading the cost over a number of months by paying for it on finance?

Buying your car on finance can be a great solution and we can help you find the best finance deal for your Vauxhall Astra here at ChooseMyCar.

We’ll take your details and find you the best competitive finance package, including many different types of finance such as hire purchase and personal contract purchase.

To get a rough idea of how your finance deal and payments could work out, you can click here to find out more.

You can also use our car finance calculator to estimate your monthly repayments and learn more about the different types of finance on offer and click here to start your application.

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