Vauxhall’s latest Astra faces stiff competition in one of the industry’s most competitive segments. Here we see how it compares to rival models from other big name manufacturers.
How the Astra compares to the…
The Focus was always going to be one of the Astra’s closest rivals, but the British-badged model has more than enough to match it. Both models include engines that produce sub-90g/km of CO2, but the Astra pips the Focus for peak fuel economy. The Focus does offer more trim varieties, including three performance-focused ST grades, but the sportiest Astra – the VXR – is quicker than the Focus ST.
A nine-strong line-up of models and the desirability of the badge are positives for the Golf, but it can’t compete with the Astra for price or peak fuel economy. The Vauxhall’s cabin is also a more pleasant place to drive in, with a higher class feel throughout.
The Spanish-made Leon is offered as a three-door, five-door and estate which the Astra range cannot compete with at the moment (an Astra Sports Tourer estate is on its way). Where the Astra does win is for engine refinement, being cleaner and more frugal overall. The Leon does boast an extra ten litres of space in the boot of the five-door however.
Like the Astra, the head-turning cee’d has bags of style. It also comes in at slightly cheaper than the Vauxhall, but does not offer as many engine choices so may not appeal to such a wide group of drivers. There’s also nothing that compares to Vauxhall’s OnCall personal on-board assistant which all Astra buyers can opt for.
Overall, the Astra’s distinctive styling, supreme levels of in-car comfort and refined engine range make it a class-leader among impressive rivals. Cheaper to buy and run than many others, the Vauxhall also delivers added value with its generous amounts of standard kit.
Enquire with Toomey Southend or Toomey Basildon’s Vauxhall dealerships for a test drive in the new Astra.