The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Regardless of your size or shape, you shouldn’t find it too tricky to get comfortable behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra. Both the seat and steering wheel offer plenty of adjustment, while the pedals and steering wheel are neatly aligned with one another. All of the important controls are within reach and easy to locate, too.
However, only higher-spec trims get adjustable lumbar support as standard. Without it, the seat doesn't provide a great deal of cradling for your lower back. The standard front seats are also a little flat and unsupportive during cornering, although the sports seats fitted to the SRi models are better.
Sat nav and infotainment
Even entry-level SE and SRi models have a 7.0in colour touchscreen with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Built-in sat-nav isn’t included, but standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring allows you to use navigation apps, such as Google Maps and Waze, via the Astra’s touchscreen.
Although it can be difficult to select what you want using the touchscreen (particularly when travelling down a bumpy road), there are handy shortcut buttons underneath to take you directly to the functions you want. Overall, it’s a decent system and is roughly on a par with the one you get in the rival Ford Focus. The Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Scala both have superior systems, though.