Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s plenty of head room for both driver and passenger in the front of the Vauxhall Astra, even if they’re over six feet tall. Leg room is also unlikely to be a problem, and you won’t be clashing elbows, either, thanks to the car’s relatively broad interior.
The front door pockets are big enough for a couple of 500ml bottles of water, and there’s more storage between the seats, along with a decent-sized glovebox. We just wish the cubby in front of the gear lever was a bit larger, to take those items that drivers want to keep close to hand.
Seat folding and flexibility
Don't expect any clever tricks from the Astra’s rear seats. You do get a 60/40 split-folding function, but all trim levels miss out on the convenience of reclining or sliding rear seats, like those you’ll get from similar-sized family SUVs, such as the Skoda Karoq.
There’s no folding front passenger seat, either. That handy feature is available on several rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf, and makes it easier to carry really long items.