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Our fleet: Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi 136 SRi Nav - July 2016

Vauxhall Astra 2016 VN65
Vauxhall

Review

By the time this magazine reaches your desks, our long-term Vauxhall Astra will have hit the 10,000-mile mark and it continues to impress.

It’s given me no reasons to doubt my initial opinion made some five months ago that it is a vast all-round improvement on its predecessor.

It’s good to drive, feels well built – although it has developed an occasional rattle somewhere in the driver’s door trim – and is generally an accomplished car.

This mix of qualities means there are now plenty of emotional reasons to choose an Astra, but how does it stack up cost-wise to its rivals?

For the purpose of this report, we are comparing the Vauxhall, which has a P11D price of £20,725, to the 110hp Volks-wagen Golf 1.6 TDI S (£21,000) and the 120hp Ford Focus 1.5 TDCi Zetec (£19,990).

The lower power outputs of the Golf and Focus mean they produce less CO2 (both 99g/km) than the Astra’s 103gkm, putting them in the 19% benefit-in-kind tax band – one percentage point lower than the Vauxhall.

This means that for a 20% taxpayer, the Golf will cost them £798 a year, compared with the Focus at £760 and the Astra at £829.

These figures are reflected in the amount of Class 1A national insurance contributions  a company will have to pay too: at £572, the Astra is the most expensive, compared to the Focus’s £524 and Golf’s £551.

However, the Astra splits its two rivals on total running costs over a four-year/80,000-mile replacement cycle.

Figures from the fleetnews.co.uk running costs calculator show that it will cost 29.37 pence per mile to operate: more than the Focus (28.74ppm) but less than the Golf (29.64ppm).

This seems to be a small price to pay for the Astra’s extra power, which means it makes a very strong case for itself on the balance sheet as well as on the road.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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