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

Vauxhall Astra 2016 VN65
Vauxhall
BIK List Price
£22,045
Vauxhall Astra BIK list price
BIK Percentage
20%
Vauxhall Astra BIK Percent
CO2
103g/km
Vauxhall Astra CO2
Combined MPG
72.4
Vauxhall Astra MPG

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.

Top Speed
127mph
Vauxhall Astra Top Speed
VED band
B
Vauxhall Astra Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Vauxhall Astra Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A

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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