With the latest Astra, now in its third year of sales, there's no reason to amend that opinion: the introduction of the Ford Focus and new Volkswagen Golf may have shifted the goalposts since, but the Astra has evolved to meet each head-on. Here we test the CD 1.8 5dr at £13,495 on the road.
Vauxhall Astra CD 1.8 5dr
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