When the Mark 4 Astra range was launched in February 1998, it was heralded as a sure sign that Vauxhall was turning things around, developing cars that would appeal to real people with real money in their pockets rather than a legion of browbeaten photocopier salesmen. Few realised quite what Vauxhall were up to. The Astra Coupe offered sleek good looks and a decent chassis beneath it for reasonable money and, most importantly, it wasn't answered in kind by Ford. The Astra Coupe is held in high esteem by anybody whos spent time behind the wheel.
This is a true four-seater - an unusual coupe attribute. A huge 460-litre boot and split-folding rear seats add to the versatility. The 2.2-litre Astra Coupe averages nearly 35mpg. Thre are twin front airbags and a maximum 5-star rating from the Euro-NCAP impact-test.