What's the used Vauxhall Astra estate like?
Most importantly, the Astra Estate is very practical. The tailgate opens wide to reveal a square loadbay, with none of the hatchback's V-shape, which so limits its versatility. True, it's not the biggest boot you'll find, but the seats drop without fuss to give a flat floor. Watch out for the drop between the sill and loadbay, though.
The Astra estate is good for people, too, and the cabin will easily take five adults. On top of that, the driver's seat and steering adjust in all directions and the view forward is good. However, the thick A-pillars create blind spots, and rear visibility isn't so good, especially when parking.