This is my first vw. i had 4 vauxhalls before. I agree with the fact about depreciation. I only have the golf 4 months but i never had any problems with the astra. Build quality is just as good and vauxhalls are much easier worked at for service etc.One thing i can say is that the mk4 astra has much better handling than the mk4 golf which is woeful(standard suspension). As for vw customer service i have never had worse. Vauxhall could teach them a thing or too.I'm only talking about dealer service by the way. And talking about reliability i thing there is something badly wrong when a turbo needs replaced after 40,000miles. I'll not go into the saga i had with that.
I love the shape of the new astra but drive the two first and make your own mind up
I know 2 guys that have each run recent model Astra 2.2SRIs for 2-3 yrs and had hardly any problems with either. One of them has actually run 4 Astras(how boring?) and all have been very reliable. But I would not buy a Vauxhall because it's a Vauxhall. Golfs might not be perfect but when you tell someone that you drive a Golf; you usually get a positive response. But I drive an Astra? mmmm..
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