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Top 5 Vauxhall cars you can buy

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Looking for a British-made motor? Here are some of the best Vauxhall cars you can get your hands on. 

Vauxhall Mokka

Year after year Vauxhall remains one of the most popular car manufacturers in Britain. Many models have seen success, hence the bewildering choice of Vauxhall models.

The manufacturer makes sure they have a car in almost every car category.

Here are some of the best models you can get your hands on this year:

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

The Zafira Tourer is the most spacious car from our list. It’s a five-seater with a decent boot, or a seven-seater which can easily accommodate a growing family. If you’re the adventurous type, you can drive seven friends around, but they may feel slightly cramped.

It’s easy to drive, both on long and short distances, thanks to the comfortable cabin and the responsive engine. If fuel efficiency is at the top of your priority list, opt for the diesel 1.6 CDTi engine. It’s a good balance between fuel economy and power.

Vauxhall promises 69 miles per gallon (mpg) and 109g/km of CO2 emissions with this one, meaning you’ll only pay £20 VED tax.

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra

The Astra has been in production since 1979, which makes it the longest running and the most well-established model from the Vauxhall family. The newest model benefits from a much lighter body, improved engine performance, plenty of in-car technology and it’s priced cheaper than its predecessor.

The medium-sized hatchback feels premium on the inside, and it’s also comfortable and pleasurable to drive. The most fuel and cost-efficient model has a 1.6CDTi diesel engine which delivers an impressive fuel economy of up to 91mpg. If you want more grunt and performance, you could go for the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Vauxhall Insignia

Vauxhall Insignia

After the Insignia replaced the Vectra and Signum in 2008, it’s established itself as a strong contender in the mid-size family car market. It’s a great alternative to the Skoda Superb and the widely-loved Ford Mondeo.

If you ever take one for a test drive, you’ll quickly get used to the classy, good-quality cabin. It offers refinement levels close to some German-made executive cars. The Insignia feels a touch above the rest in its class.

The newest Insignia sports a “Whisper” diesel engine, which is (as the name suggests) far quieter and soothing than before. The one to go for will be the 2.0-litre diesel engine which returns about 65mpg (combined) and generates 114g/km of emissions. This puts the Insignia in VED tax band C which costs £30 per year.

Vauxhall Corsa

Vauxhall Corsa

It’s hard to go wrong with the second bestselling car in the UK. The newest model received an incremental visual upgrade and doesn’t look that much different to the previous one. Yet inside and under the bonnet the changes are more significant. The Corsa is still easy to drive, cheap to run and makes a particularly good first car.

This remains true with this year’s model, which packs enough driver assistance features and in-car technology to make any other same-class car green with envy. Both petrol and diesel versions come with a start/stop system, which improves the fuel economy quite a bit.

The most efficient Corsa is the one with a 1.3-litre CDTi diesel engine. On paper it returns over 85mpg. What’s more, you won’t have to fork out for VED tax as CO2 emissions are as low as 85g/km.

Vauxhall Mokka

Vauxhall Mokka

Vauxhall has remained versatile through the years, and in 2012, the Mokka joined the family. It’s an ambitious attempt to take on the SUV market. Although the Mokka won’t end the Qashqai’s reign, it’s an SUV worth checking out. Despite its size, it still drives like a small car.

The front seat has enough head and leg room, with great road visibility ahead. In fact, the Mokka benefits from an abundance of space. Passengers at the rear won’t feel uncomfortable, and the boot is a decent size – 362 litres. If you’re not a diesel fan, the 1.6-litre petrol engine would return a combined mpg of around 41 and 159g/km of CO2.

The most efficient diesel engine – 1.6CDTi - returns over 60.1mpg and emits 124g/km of CO2. VED tax for these will be £180 for the former, and £110 for the latter.

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