Vauxhall Astra LS
The Vauxhall Astra LS might be a few years old, but it has definite appeal thanks to exceptional value for money. You’ll pay next to nothing for a car that’s solid in all departments, decently equipped and positively designed. Positioned in the middle of trim levels, it’s safe, secure and reliable, and there’s a good level of practicality all round. Appealing to families as well as those people on tight budgets, you’ll note 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol engines, in addition to 1.7 and 2.0 litre diesels.
While the Vauxhall Astra LS might not be the most exciting in terms of design, it’s by no means ugly. The interior is roomy and quite inviting to get into, and practicality isn’t a problem at all thanks to a 350 litre boot. In terms of gear, there’s air conditioning, steel wheels, CD stereo, cloth seats, airbags, electric windows, and remote locking. Out on the road the LS is easy to control, well balanced and actually quite grippy in the corners. It ticks all the right boxes, and used prices are around £1,000.