The Astra offers a smooth ride, sharp look, offers great quality, good refinement and secure handling. There is also plenty of space inside for the family and its stuffs. The Vauxhall Astra has been the company's staple family car for longer than most can remember. The car was launched in October 1991 as a three-door, five-door and estate. These variants were swiftly followed by 1.6 and 2.0-litre cars as well as 1.7-litre diesel and turbo diesel options. A well-built family car that's both stable and safe. It won't excite you much but then, that's not what the Astra's about. Parts are plentiful and cheap and not much goes wrong.