Vauxhall Astra hatchback (2009-2015) - Reliability & safety

Tried-and-tested GM parts mean reliability should be guaranteed

Carbuyer Rating

3.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.4 out of 5

Tried-and-tested GM parts mean Vauxhall Astra reliability should be guaranteed.

Vauxhall Astra reliability

The Astra should prove to be pretty reliable, although you only get a fairly standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which falls short of the five and seven-year cover offered by Hyundai and Kia respectively.

The Astra dropped out of the Driver Power Top 100 Cars league table in 2013 (finishing 103rd), and 2014 saw another dip to 124th. Vauxhall fared poorly overall, too, finishing 29th out of 33 in the manufacturer rankings.


The Astra is very safe – it was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, though that was back in 2009 when the tests were less stringent. All models come with six airbags, traction control, anti-lock brakes, ISOFIX child-seat mounts and electronic stability control as standard. You can also add active head restraints to SRi, Elite and Bi-Turbo models.

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