Review

Vauxhall Astra VXR hatchback

£27,270

At the very top of the Vauxhall Astra range sits the Vauxhall Astra VXR hot hatchback. Focused on delivering driving thrills, this car is all about the need for speed. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is very powerful, making 276bhp. In fact, this is the most powerful car in is class – able to accelerate from 0-62mph in only 5.9 seconds. To achieve this, the handling and suspension have been tweaked to firm up the ride and maximise grip. However, despite its extreme nature, the VXR does still work as an everyday car. Only the firm ride is likely to cause problems, becoming quite uncomfortable on long journeys.