Vauxhall Astra VXR hatchback: thrilling speed justifies price

Jul 5, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the Vauxhall Astra VXR hatchback

Price: £26,995

Pros: Blisteringly quick, stunning looks, comfortable for this class

Cons: Expensive, expensive to run, RS Megane is marginally sharper

4.3 / 5, Carbuyer
"The Vauxhall Astra VXR sits at the very top of the Astra range and is focused on delivering driver thrills from its focused chassis and hugely powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. With 276bhp it's the most powerful car in its class and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds. The chassis has been tweaked through firming up the suspension and adding a limited slip differential to give the VXR the best traction and grip as possible. Despite its extreme nature the VXR does work as an everyday car too, the only problem will be the firm ride, which will cause a bit of discomfort over long journeys."

5.0 /5.0, Auto Express
"It's incredibly fast – the fastest in its class – but its sophisticated chassis finally makes all that power usable. Yes, the ride is firm and the price very high, but if you want a head-turning hot hatch that promises real driving thrills, this is it."

4.0 /5.0, Telegraph
"It is a hot hatch that can also do the boring stuff and let us not forget, comes with Vauxhall's 'Lifetime' (100,000-mile) warranty. If only it covered tyres..."

4.5 /5.0, Evo
"Keep the engine on the boil, though, and you can cover ground at an astonishing rate. What's more, the VXR soaks up bumps and broken tarmac in a way that you simply wouldn’t credit given our test car's huge 20in wheels and 35-profile rubber."

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