During the war production of the Opel Kadett halted, but Opel quickly got back on its feet & produced 3 more iterations of the model, which was then branded as the Vauxhall Astra in the UK. The Astra quickly secured its place in people’s hearts. It became popular among families, but was soon overshadowed by the iconic Ford Escort & Volkswagen Golf which were already holding the market.
These days its key rivals include the accomplished Ford Focus & the Volkswagen Golf but it also has to fend off popular & fashionable family SUVs, including the Skoda Kamiq.
So what has changed with the Astra in the last few years? Visually, not a lot. The updated model gets a new front grille & the ride height sits 10mm lower. But the big changes lie under the bonnet - every single model has a new engine & gearbox, which have been introduced to ensure the Astra is more efficient & better to drive than ever before. In such a competitive sector, those changes are crucial to maintaining its appeal.
The key selling point Vauxhall has for the Astra is that it’s a fair bit cheaper than all of its rivals. In addition, the Astra has always had its loyal following. It remains one of those unassuming cars that seems to just quietly get on with things while not attracting too much attention, yet still has a lot going for it. Promising buyers a keen blend of practicality, value-for-money & low running costs, it goes up against a long list of rivals including the award-winning Ford Focus, Kia Ceed, Volkswagen Golf & Hyundai i30.
“Meet our most efficient Astra yet. Packed with innovative tech & boasting class-leading aerodynamics, new Astra is more practical & comfortable than ever.”