Even the base Design trim has a 7.0in colour touchscreen with DAB, Bluetooth, USB and aux-in ports, smartphone projection, Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Sat-nav may not be included but anyone with a smartphone can get Google-based navigation systems free and project them onto the Astra’s screen. Higher-spec models get an 8.0in system with sat-nav optional on all but Tech Line models.
Although it can be difficult to select what you want on the touchscreen (particularly when traveling down a bumpy road), there are handy shortcut buttons to get to all the major functions.
Vauxhall also offers a system called OnStar, which is standard on SRi and Elite trims and optional otherwise. This package brings online connectivity, a wi-fi hotspot and a connection to a dedicated call centre, whose operatives can download directly to your sat-nav a specific Google maps route you’ve requested. It’s a clever system that no rival offers yet.