Used Vauxhall Astra buyer's guide

26 Apr, 2014 8:00am Richard Dredge

Sixth-generation used Vauxhall Astra hatch is dependable and looks great value for money

The Vauxhall Astra has always been a dependable, if not especially inspiring, car. It goes about its business quietly, doing a perfectly good job as affordable family transport, yet has never set the pulse racing.

So when the MkVI car arrived in 2009, expectation wasn’t that high – but Vauxhall more than exceeded it. The small family hatch seemed to have jumped two generations, and could now compete on equal terms with rivals. Five years on, how does the Astra stack up second-hand?


The MkVI arrived in December 2009, with normally aspirated or turbo 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol engines and 1.3, 1.7 or 2.0-litre CDTi diesels. Within a year the five-door was joined by an estate, plus by summer 2011 there was the GTC three-door.

June 2011’s ecoFLEX cut CO2 emissions to 99g/km, while in July 2012, a 280bhp VXR hit dealers. A facelift that summer brought styling tweaks, more options and a new twin-turbo 2.0 CDTi. A 97g/km 1.6 CDTi debuted in February this year.

Used Vauxhall Astra tail

Running costs

Whatever engine’s fitted, all Astra MkVIs need servicing every 12 months or 20,000 miles. Check-ups alternate between minor and major, at £129 and £199 respectively.

Every other year the air-con should be checked, while brake fluid needs replacing every two years or 40,000 miles; you’ll pay £30, and the same to have the coolant refreshed every three years or 60,000 miles. Apart from the 1.4 petrol and 1.3 CDTi, all engines have a timing belt – it needs replacing every six years/60,000 miles (£209).

Model Insurance group Fuel economy CO2 emissions Annual road tax
1.4 7-2 51mpg 129g/km £110
1.4T 17-18 47mpg 138g/km £130
1.6 12-13 44mpg 147g/km £145
1.6T 24-25 41mpg 159g/km £180
1.3 CDTi ecoFLEX 9-12 68mpg 109g/km £20
1.7 CDTi 13-15 62mpg 119g/km £30
2.0 CDTi ecoFLEX 20-21 62mpg 119g/km £30