Some say that 237bhp in a front drive car may be pushing the boundaries too much but the Mk IV Astra VXR proves this is not the case. Handling may be edgy on the limit (even though Lotus had a hand in the development) and the power can arrive at all once, but the Astra can deliver a bucket load of thrills in the hands of a skilled driver.
Outright cornering is superb thanks to complex suspension components and the selectable 'sport' mode sharpens the Vauxhall's responses even further. The Astra is a great looking coupe, from the outside! But despite the excellent Recaros' the interior is disappointing, even in a sub £20k hot hatch.