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Vauxhall Astra Named WhatCar? Family Car Under £18,000 for Second Year

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After concluding 2016 with three consecutive months of topping its competitive segment in terms of sales, the Vauxhall Astra kicked off 2017 by topping its segment in terms of a prestigious award.

The Vauxhall Astra was named the Best Family Car under £18,000 in the WhatCar? Car of the Year Awards, marking the second consecutive year that it has bested its competition for the coveted prize. Chief among the reasons for the Astra’s second success in the WhatCar? Awards is its intuitive infotainment system, its low running costs, and the bang that it provides for its buck.

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“This is arguably the toughest class of all,” said Steve Huntingford, WhatCar? Editor. “Competition is so fierce that even a single weakness is usually enough to rule a car out of the running. This is the second year running that the Astra has claimed this price point, and this year we’re recommending a new 109 bhp 1.6-liter diesel. For a modest premium over the entry-level petrol, you’ll be getting one of the best performers yet in our real-world True MPG tests.

“The Astra isn’t just about incredible value-for-money, though,” Huntingford added, “it’s one of the best cars in the class on merit. It’s good to drive, smart inside, and more practical than many of its peers, with lots of rear knee room and a whopping boot. We rate it as the best family car you can buy today, thanks to its blend of modern technology, excellent value for money, and superb overall ownership experience.”

The accolades for the Astra since its launch include awards from Fleet News, Auto Express, and WhatCar? as well as the title of 2016 European Car of the Year.

“The Astra is the best family car on the market and we are delighted to receive this recognition from What Car?” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. “Last year was quite a year for the Astra; it won a host of top awards as well as topping its segment in the fourth quarter and the second half of the year.”

Astra’s sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 totaled 15,948 units, and second-half sales totaled 32,313 units – both good for the top-seller spot in its segment.

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