2009 Vauxhall Astra Estate Life 1.7 CDTI (100) diesel from UK and Ireland


An underrated, economical load lugger


Nothing, but I've only had it for a year.

General Comments:

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

2009 Vauxhall Astra Twin Top Sport 1.8 vvti from UK and Ireland


Disappointed, last Vauxhall I will have


Water runs in through open front windows, even if just after a screen wash, and at slow speeds, doesn't appear to have any form of drip strip or gutter. Advised by main dealer to 'make something to stop it yourself'!

Door/boot open warning light stays on constantly and beeps for first few miles. Started at 1500 miles.

When raising more than one window at a time, one of the windows pulls back down. Started at 1800 miles. 4 window raise button intermittent.

General Comments:

After waiting over 8 weeks longer than the original delivery date, I find myself disappointed with problems so early on in ownership with this vehicle. Currently back at main dealer to be hopefully sorted.

Sport model is a sport only by name. Hard seats give little comfort, and almost no bolster support when cornering. 1.8vvti engine seems lacking in power, not faulty, just not as powerful as say, a Toyota 1.8vvt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th February, 2010

8th Feb 2014, 08:11

Somewhat surprised - you appear to have bought a 'lemon' I now possess three 1.8 vvti's, all with auto boxes. The engines are strong, powerful and willing - as you'd expect from 140hp. Never been let down. Somewhat thirsty, but if you ease off on the throttle, I have managed in the high 40's.