Vauxhall Astra VXR hatchback (2012-2018) - Reliability & safety

The Astra GTC on which the VXR is based has proved to be reliable

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3.5 out of 5

It’s fair to say that Vauxhall has something of a tortured relationship with its customers and for the past few years it’s scored poorly as a manufacturer in our annual Driver Power owner satisfaction surveys. Its models haven’t done much better, either. Although it’s fairly apparent that customers aren’t hugely fond of the brand, the Astra VXR does at least have good safety credentials.

Vauxhall Astra VXR reliability

Vauxhall marched up the manufacturer rankings in the Driver Power customer satisfaction rankings for a few years, until the 2013 and 2014 polls saw it drop to 26th and then 29th place out of 33 manufacturers. The Astra as a model itself didn’t make it into the top 100 cars in our Driver Power 2015 survey, ranking 172nd, but it's still a better than the previous model in almost every respect.


We’d expect the Astra VXR to prove very safe if you’re ever unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident. Although the VXR itself hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, the three-door Astra GTC on which it's based secured the maximum five-star rating, and all Astras have six airbags and electronic stability control as standard.

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