Underrated. I’ve not seen more than a handful of these. Take another look. That’s a car many people could afford with little effort. Yet few bothered. Market failure, I say.
This is what the AA said: “Perhaps the greatest recommendation for the Astra Sport Hatch is that it feels very similar to the BMW 1 Series, both inside the cabin and in its on-road behaviour. It may lack the much-vaunted 50/50 weight distribution of the BMW but it drives as sweetly, seems just as well built and of course is much cheaper.”
And this is what Parker’s said: “It’s entertaining to drive too thanks to a lower ride height than the five-door, although the steering still feels a little remote. The cabin is disappointing – it’s a dull design and the switches on the centre console are fiddly to use while the boot is awkward to access due to a narrow opening and high lip. If you can forgive these shortcomings however the Astra Sport Hatch makes a chic three-door and comes with a good choice of engines including some hot hatch rivalling turbocharged units.”
Honest John wrote: “Eye-catching looks. Excellent balance between sharp handling and a comfortable ride. Perky yet economical engines. Reliable.”
Car magazine probably wrote: “Even if this car could raise the dead and could turn lead into gold, we hate it. It might look good, drive well and be reliable and cheap – it is all of those – but it’s a Vauxhall and that means we’d rather be trapped inside a burning wheelie bin than be asked to sit at the wheel of this car.” I am being satirical there. I didn’t check what they wrote.