In the market for a good-looking car that drives well… and that saves you money? New Astra estate is just the ticket. Proved by Carcost to offer the best value motoring in its sector, a new Astra estate could save you almost £700 over its nearest competitor over three years.

According to new figures released this week by Carcost, New Astra estate recorded the most impressive whole life costs in both diesel and petrol formats of all the vehicles tested, and in doing so beat all its competitors. In fact, those buying a new Astra estate diesel could save a massive £690 over the cost of running a Ford Focus estate diesel over three years.

The statistics, from the Carcost whole life cost software programme, show that the Astra Estate Club diesel, featuring the highly acclaimed new 100hp 1.7CDTi engine, costs 26.10ppm to run over three years/60,000 miles compared to 26.30ppm for the Peugeot 307 S HDi and 27.25ppm for the Ford Focus 1.8 LX TDCi.

It’s a similar story for the petrol-engined cars, with the Astra 1.6 16v Club Estate costing 26.53 pence per mile over three years/60,000 miles, compared to 26.89ppm for the equivalent Ford Focus 1.6 LX, 26.72ppm for the Toyota Corolla T3 and 27.28ppm for the Peugeot 307 Estate S.

Mark Jowsey, general manager of Carcost, said: "We liked the distinctive front end styling from the New Astra hatchback, the usability and flexibility of the loadspace area, a good choice of trim levels, and the broad engine line-up including excellent Euro IV compliant diesel engines.

"We see the Astra Estate as a very creditable offering in this sector, with the good whole life costs resulting from the car being competitive across all key cost elements."

Published : 30/07/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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