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Vauxhall Astra hatchback - Reliability & safety

The Vauxhall Astra should be dependable in the long run and safe in a crash

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Astra’s modern engines are new but they’ve been used across various Peugeot, Citroen and DS models, so should be reliable. The Astra is right up to date when it comes to safety technology, boasting an extensive suite of kit to prevent you having a crash and plenty of measures to protect you if you do.

Vauxhall Astra reliability

The Astra came 59th overall out of the top 75 models in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK - an improvement of 16 places on 2019. Of the owners who responded, just 10.4% reported experiencing a problem with their car at least once, with electrical gremlins the most common issue.


The Astra follows the modern trend for extensive crash-avoidance technology appearing in mainstream cars. Every model gets familiar safety kit such as six airbags, ISOFIX child-seat mounts, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, tyre-pressure monitoring system, emergency braking assistance and a bonnet designed to minimise pedestrian injuries if you hit someone. All this is backed up by Euro NCAP's five-star rating.

A powerful new front-facing camera is fitted to SRi trims and above, recognising vehicles and pedestrians faster and more accurately, to make its autonomous emergency braking system as safe as possible.

All of the technology and equipment helped the Astra score the full five stars in its Euro NCAP safety tests, with strong ratings in the adult, child and pedestrian categories.

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