Vauxhall Astra VXR (2012): 30 second review

Steve Walker
Vauxhall Astra VXR
Vauxhall revisits its VXR formula of big power and lairy looks with the latest hot Astra, but this one's got real depth of talent too.
We like:
Engine pace and flexibility, striking looks, well-judged chassis set-up.
We don't like:
It isn't cheap, patchy interior quality, rear legroom.
Should I buy one?
Vauxhall has been churning out VXR models with big power for a while with mixed results but this Astra VXR could well be the first true thoroughbred to come out of the stable. Behind its headline-grabbing power output is a depth of talent that will really put the wind up the competition.
It's a hot hatch with bags of presence on the road, that goes like stink and handles with keenness and security. On the downside, interior quality could be better at this £27,000 price point, rear legroom is pinched and ultimately it isn't the most scalpel-sharp driving tool in this sector.
The VXR's core strength is the finesse that makes it as attractive as an everyday ownership proposition as it is for a few hours of track day blasting. In that respect, it's a far, far cry from the hooligan tendencies of the old Astra VXR but that's progress for you.
Rating
4/5
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