2009 Vauxhall Astra Estate Life 1.7 CDTI (100) diesel
An underrated, economical load lugger
Nothing, but I've only had it for a year.
Got a good deal at 5 years old with under 60k miles. Entry-level Life model, so no frills, but covers all the basics. The Ford dealer seemed to want it off the forecourt, but was pleasant to deal with and not pushy.
It's a far better car than its image suggests. Handling is surprisingly good for an estate and the seats are supportive and comfortable. The engine is noisy, especially when cold at idle, but I've come to like its throaty rumble. The gearbox is slick and precise with a short throw. It pulls well enough and I get 600 miles out of a full tank of diesel. The brakes are progressive and not too sudden. Boot space is obviously good, and with the rear seat backs folded down, it will swallow a lot of stuff.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd October, 2015