Review

Vauxhall Astra VXR hatchback

Price  £27,270

Vauxhall Astra VXR hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Blisteringly quick
  • Stunning looks
  • Comfortable for this class
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Expensive to run
  • RS Megane is marginally sharper

At the very top of the Vauxhall Astra range sits the Vauxhall Astra VXR hot hatchback. Focused on delivering driving thrills and fun, everything from the design tweaks to the engine tuning is all about the need for speed. Admittedly at the expense of just about everything else. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is very powerful, producing 276bhp, which makes it 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 develop as much traction and grip as the car can. However, despite its extreme nature, the VXR does still work as an everyday car, as well, with only the firm ride likely to cause any problems, especially a bit of discomfort over long journeys.