SEAT Leon vs Volkswagen Golf vs Vauxhall Astra

06-May-2017

Auto Express have put their ‘current family favourite’ to the test once again. This time, the multi-award winning Astra faced the recently updated Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 150 SE Navigation and SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 150 Xcellence Tech

Here’s what they had to say about the Astra 1.6 CDTi BiTurbo SRi Nav.

 

The Astra’s 1.6 CDTi diesel is the smallest unit here, but it uses a pair of turbochargers, so the four-cylinder unit punches well above its weight. With 158bhp and 350Nm, the Vauxhall has a comfortable power and torque advantage over its rivals here.

 

As a result, the Astra was the fastest on track, accelerating from 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds, which was four-tenths up on the Leon. The Vauxhall rammed home its advantage during our in-gear tests, where it was comfortably the fastest over all increments.

 

This energetic straight-line display is backed up by impressive poise through a series of corners. The steering is direct and well weighted, there’s bags of front-end grip and the car feels like it pivots around your hips, helping to create a strong feeling of agility.

 

This urges you to push a little harder, as the Astra can easily take the extra speed. It also remains comfortable and composed, encouraging you to carry more momentum through bends. And despite its less sophisticated rear suspension, excellent damping means it feels secure and well tied down.

 

Verdict

 

First place: Vauxhall Astra

It was close, but in the final reckoning the Astra does just enough to take the spoils. Not only is it the fastest and most fun to drive, it also delivered the best economy and lowest running costs. SRi Nav trim offers all the key kit, including the excellent OnStar service.

 

Astra has topped the charts time and time again, and continues to be recognised nearly two years after its launch. Check out its full list of honours below…

 

2017

Best Family Car - Carbuyer Best Cars 2017

Best Family Car for less than £18,000 - What Car? Magazine

SME Company Car of the Year - Business Car Manager Awards

Best Value SME Company Car - Business Car Manager Awards

Best Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Company Car Programme - Business Car Manager Awards

 

2016

European Car of the Year

Best Small Hatch - UK Car of the Year Awards

Best Lower Medium Car - Fleet News Awards

Car of the Year - Company Car and Van Magazine

Best Car Under £16,000 - What Car? Magazine

Best Lower Medium Car - Fleet World Honours

Best New Car - Fleet World Honours

Game Changer Award - AutoCar

Tech Car of the Year Under £25,000 - Alphr & Carbuyer Car Tech Awards

Best Safety Innovation under £25,000 - Alphr & Carbuyer Car Tech Awards

Best Self-Parking System Under £25,000 - Alphr & Carbuyer Car Tech Awards

Best Estate Car - 2016 Telegraph Awards

 

2015

Golden Steering Wheel Award

Scottish Car of the Year

 

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