All models receive plenty of airbags. There are side-impact airbags for the front and curtain airbags front and rear. If you want to avoid a collision in the first place, you can opt for a driving assistance pack that includes a forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking.
Disappointingly, this is only an option on the lower trims. When you consider Match Edition Golf models and above get auto braking as standard, we feel Vauxhall is being a bit stingy here.
Despite this, the Astra received five stars in Euro NCAP’s crash test in 2015. The individual scores are 86% for adult occupant protection, 84% for child occupant protection and 83% for pedestrian protection. By comparison, the Volkswagen Golf received scores of 94%, 89% and 65% respectively.
Design, SE and selected versions of Tech Line and SRi trims don’t get an alarm as standard, so they only get a three-star theft rating from the experts at Thatcham Research. All other models receive a four-star theft rating, while all versions get a five-star rating for resistance to being stolen.
Those cars equipped with OnStar also have an automatic emergency response function, so if you have an accident it will call the emergency services and inform them of your location. OnStar can also help to locate the car if it has been stolen.
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