Vauxhall Astra – best hatchbacks 2018

The latest Vauxhall Astra must be on any hatchback buyer's shortlist

The Vauxhall Astra has long been a high-performing regular fixture at the top of car sales charts, but it hasn’t always had the substance to back up its popularity. 

That’s all changed now, as the latest model has undergone a thorough overhaul and has consequently risen up the family hatchback ranks with its great blend of style, space, low running costs and kit list. 

• Vauxhall Astra review

Looks have always been on the Astra’s side, and the current car is no different. With sharp lines, distinctive lights and an athletic stance, the Astra certainly looks the part. It’s the same story on the inside, too. 

There’s plenty of high-quality plastics and leather trim on the steering wheel and gearlever, plus an attractive dash design, incorporating a large touchscreen that features the firm’s award-winning OnStar service as an optional extra. There’s plenty of room in the Astra and it’s easy to get comfortable, while the boot is a decent size making it ideal for use as a family car. 

On the road, the Astra drives superbly, with a composed and compliant ride and good steering feedback. The engine range is comprehensive, and Vauxhall’s latest raft of efficient diesel engines are impressive. The Astra has the substance to back up the style, meaning it well and truly deserves its place in our best hatchbacks list and in the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK.

Best hatchbacks to buy now

  • 1. Volkswagen Golf
  • 2. Mercedes A-Class
  • 3. Skoda Octavia
  • 4. Vauxhall Astra
  • 5. Renault Megane
  • 6. Honda Civic
  • 7. SEAT Leon
  • 8. Peugeot 308
  • 9. Mazda 3
  • 10. Audi A3
  • Previous: 3. Skoda Octavia Next: 5. Renault Megane

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