2006 Vauxhall Astra Reviews

2006 Vauxhall Astra SXi Sporthatch 1.6 twinport from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 twinport Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Drives as good as it looks

Faults:

Coil pack at 50,000 miles.

General Comments:

From the first moment you walk up to the car, you notice the beautiful lines of the car, the sporty stance, especially with the full exterior pack, which I have. The front and rear splitters, and the side skirts and spoilers, make all the difference. This carries on to the inside; from the second you sit on the sports seats that hold you firmly in place, you sit nice and low in the sport hatch, which just adds to the sporty feel. The steering wheel feels chunky in your hands, and the aluminium pedals are weighted brilliantly, and are perfectly placed for heel and toe changes.

The 1.6 Twinport engine moves the car well. Now being a 105 BHP engine, it isn't the fastest car in the world, but it is still quicker than the 1.6 Focus and Golf. It has DOHC, and to rev it up the rev range is to really drive it. It does respond well to being pushed, while also being brilliant and responsive at low town speeds.

Being the SXi edition, the set up is hard, which I love; it corners nice and level over all different kinds of road surfaces. It loves to be grabbed by the scruff of the neck and pushed into the bends; you can feel the front end diving into the corners through the brilliantly weighted steering.

The fit and finish of the interior is brilliant; no squeaks or rattles. The standard kit is very good; 8 airbags, air con, a fantastic 7 speaker sound system, one touch electronic stalks, and much much more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2011

2006 Vauxhall Astra Active 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

An excellent buy which I would recommend

General Comments:

This car is great. It is very comfortable, nice to drive and in "Active" trim, with nice alloys, looks smart.

Handling is very good - it sticks to the road well, and has a good driving position.

No problems in terms of reliability - can't fault it.

Acceleration on the 1.4 is adequate for city driving, but maybe a bigger engine would be better for motorway etc. Stuck in traffic however, the 1.4 is fine.

Only criticism is the shape of the boot, which can make getting large items in difficult.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2008

2006 Vauxhall Astra SRi X-pack (150) 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired4900 miles
Most recent distance8900 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Fast diesel hatchback with great looks

Faults:

Rear centre set-belt was fitted incorrectly (the buckle was fitted below the plastic stopper so the belt couldn't be used).

General Comments:

The MK5 Astra is leagues ahead of the mk4 Astra I used to own. It has a nice smooth ride, and the diesel engine is very quick.

The styling of the Sport hatch with the X-pack is spot on! It looks the business.

My car had the optional heated leather seats and sat-nav fitted from the factory. The heated seats are very nice on a cold morning, although I find the seats a little bit uncomfortable on long journeys (over 30 minutes); maybe this is just because they are relatively new and need to bed in???

The sat-nav is brilliant! Very clear and is very well designed; it works perfectly and does everything you would expect it to! Better than any Tom-Tom or Garmin unit! The only slightly annoying thing is that it doesn't accept the full 7 digit post codes :(

On a whole, the car is fun to drive, cheap to run, comfortable, fast, and looks the business!

The extra options such as leather seats are a must for that extra bit of luxury :) And thanks to Vauxhall's lead balloon depreciation, these cars are much cheaper than they were new! I paid £14800 for mine at 8 months old; purchased new it would have been over £21,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2007

10th Sep 2008, 09:44

I can't understand how the sat nav can be better than a Tom Tom if it won't accept a 7 digit postcode, which any Tom Tom will?

15th Feb 2009, 13:38

I really like the mk5 diesel 150. Well awesome. Would love to own one. What's the mpg on them?

19th Feb 2009, 07:02

I own CDTi 150 XP myself, have done for a year now. My average MPG in town is 39ish. On a motorway 50 plus, if you stay between 70 and 80 tops. But six month ago I bought a tuning box from DTUK diesel tuning. MPG has improved - getting about 50mpg per tank more than before. Plus the boost in hp is amazing. Hope this is of some help.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 9 reviews