Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Astra Mk1


Keith Adams continues AROnline‘s series devoted to celebrating the great and the good that used to be familiar UK street furniture. Who remembers the Astra Mk1, a blisteringly capable, fun-to-drive small car that redefined Vauxhall’s standing in the small car field? We do, and we love ‘em! A quantum leap The Astra was a landmark […]

Our Cars : Keith’s Astra – bigger is better

Astra long term (3)

Size really does matter Current mileage    12,905 Claimed economy    62.8mpg Actual economy    47.7mpg Regular readers will recall me giving my Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer a bit of a kicking for its less-than-impressive fuel returns in my previous report. It’s not as if fuel consumption in the high-forties is actually that bad for a near-4.7m long […]

Our Cars : Thirsty Astra


I like the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. It’s an honest car, that’s well-made, well-designed and which performs well on the UK’s motorway network. And over the months, I’ve really grown to appreciate some of those clever little touches that make life so much easier. But I really wish it was more economical. In average driving, […]

Our Cars : The Astra Sports Tourer goes home

Astra Sports Tourer at Ellesmere Port

Current mileage    12,101 Claimed economy    62.8mpg Actual economy    48.1mpg One of the joys of living in a multi-vehicle household is that there’s always work to do on one of the cars. And because I have a taste for fast hatchbacks from the 1970s and ’80s in particular – and the rarer the better – I’m […]

Tested : Kadett vs Allegro vs Lancer

Opel Kadett vs Austin Allegro vs Colt Lancer

We’re moving towards the 1980s, and the hottest new ticket in town is GM’s exciting new front-wheel drive Opel Kadett/Vauxhall Astra. To see how good it was, What Car? magazine pitched a saloon version against the Austin Allegro and Colt Lancer. The result was pretty clear then – but would it be the case now? […]

Our Cars : First service (online)

Astra Sports Tourer is in good shape again

Keith Adams Current mileage    12,101miles Claimed economy    62.8mpg Actual economy    49.6mpg I’d been complaining that the Astra was beginning to feel a little on the baggy side on the run-up to its service – there were some clonking noises coming from the front suspension and that venerable 1.7-litre turbodiesel was beginning to sound a little […]

In memoriam : Vauxhall Astravan

1985 Bedford Astra van

Keith Adams Come the end of 2012, one of the UK’s most enduring motoring icons will be getting the bullet. Vauxhall has confirmed that production of the Astravan is to cease, although the company says that there will be sufficient stock to cover sales through to at least the first three months of 2013. The […]

Our Cars : Astra Sport Tourer is piling on miles

Astra Sports Tourer takes a well earned break in Reims

We’ve only had it a couple of weeks, but our trusty Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has already clocked up well over 1000 miles. But there’s much more to come. French fancy Arrived on the fleet: July 2012 Miles: 8012 Fuel consumption: 45.9mpg Firmly established alongside the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf as one of the […]

Our Cars : Astra Sport Tourer joins the fleet


The excellent news that General Motors has committed to the UK for future production of the Astra means that the Vauxhall marque maintains an important foothold in its home market. To celebrate, AROnline is running an Astra SRi Sport Tourer for the next six months – and to see how one of the UK’s favourite […]

News : Astra range gets a smart new look

Vauxhall's UK-built Astra receives a mid-life facelift for a sharper look.

These are the first official pictures of the revised British-built Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer, along with the latest addition to the GTC range, the 193bhp BiTurbo diesel model. Available to order now, with first deliveries in September, the refreshed design of the Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer – both of which are built at […]