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Vauxhall Astra review

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Vauxhall Astra
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23 Aug 2016 12:15 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:44

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Vauxhall Astra hatchback driving position

Regardless of your stature, it shouldn’t prove too tricky to get comfortable in the Astra. Both the seat and steering wheel have plenty of adjustment, while the pedals and wheel are located in line with each other. All major controls fall easily enough to hand.

We were slightly disappointed to find that only higher-spec trims get adjustable lumbar support as standard. It's optional lower down the range and is a box well worth ticking; without it, there isn’t a lot of lower back support.

Keen drivers might also find the standard seats a little flat and unsupportive during hard cornering, although the sports seats fitted to the SRi models are better.

Vauxhall Astra hatchback visibility

We’ve no complaints with the visibility on offer when looking out of the front of the Astra. Relatively narrow windscreen pillars and decently sized front windows mean you can see out of junctions easily and safely. Unfortunately, rearward visibility isn’t quite so impressive.

Thick rear pillars obscure your over-shoulder view and there’s a noticeable blindspot. This can make parking and other low-speed manoeuvres far harder than they should be. Rear parking sensors are an option, but only as part of a pricey pack that also includes front sensors.

For not much more, you can buy another pack that has the sensors, blindspot monitoring and also an automatic parking system. For some buyers, this could be a worthwhile option.

Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra hatchback infotainment

Even the entry-level Design trim has a 7.0in colour touchscreen with DAB, Bluetooth, USB and aux-in ports, smartphone projection and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. 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 and Ultimate models.

Although it can be difficult to select what you want on the touchscreen (particularly when travelling 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, SRi VX-Line, Elite and Ultimate 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 your requested route directly to your sat-nav. It’s a clever system that no rival offers yet.

Vauxhall Astra hatchback build quality

Looking around the inside of the Astra, there are plenty of things to be happy about. Soft-touch plastic is spread liberally around the interior, along with gloss-black and chrome trim pieces. Higher-spec models get even more metal-effect parts that help lift the interior beyond that of many cars in the class.

While good, it’s still a little way behind the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia. There are still cheap-feeling plastics to be found, while some of the controls don’t operate with the same precision as the Volkswagen's and Skoda’s– such as the indicator and wiper stalks that produce a rather hollow click when used.

 

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SRi
SRi comes with 17in wheels, front foglights, a leather steering wheel, sports seats, a front armrest, auto wipers, a six-speaker stereo with OnStar, auto-dimming rear mirror and auto braking. If yo...View trim
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SE
On top of Design equipment, you get a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, auto lights and wipers, bigger alloys and dual-zone climate control. Considerably more expensive for not much extra...View trim
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Design
Entry-level Design models receive hill start assist, cruise control, a touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning and auto lights. For not much more, however, you...View trim
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Tech Line Nav
While it may be barely any more expensive than Design trim, Tech Line Nav adds a leather steering wheel, rear door speakers, an armrest and sat-nav with an 8.0in screen. The best option for both pr...View trim
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Ultimate
This is the top of the Astra range and gets 18in wheels, LED matrix headlights, a parking pack, perforated leather seats and a driving assistance pack with automatic emergency braking. Very well ki...View trim
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