Despite the stylish exterior, Vauxhall hasn’t compromised on interior space. Both driver and passenger will find they have plenty of head room, even if they are in excess of six feet tall. Leg room is also unlikely to be a problem, and you won’t be clashing elbows either, thanks to the wide cabin.
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.
Vauxhall Astra rear space
Looking at the Astra's tapering roofline, you might expect rear space to be on the tight side. Surprisingly, rear head room is generous enough for tall adults to sit comfortably. Leg room is on a par with the larger Skoda Octavia, which is the biggest complement you could give a car in this class; for years the Czech car has been the best for rear space.
A wide cabin means shoulder room is good, too, although three adults abreast will still be a bit of a squeeze. Even so, you certainly won’t feel claustrophobic, thanks to big rear windows which let in plenty of light. Getting in is easy, too; the doors are bigger than the previous model’s and they open wide.
There are also reasonably sized door pockets, and you can get heated rear seats and USB ports back there.
Vauxhall Astra seating flexibility
Those expecting anything clever from the Astra’s seats will be disappointed; they may fold 60/40 but they don’t slide or recline. It’s easy enough to get them folded, but they don’t lie totally flat and there’s a lip to contend with if you don’t have a spare wheel.
As standard, most models get an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat (that includes height adjustment) and a six-way adjustable passenger seat (that doesn't). Disappointingly, only high-spec models get adjustable lumbar support, unless you pay extra for ergonomic sports seats. With this box ticked, the driver gets a 16-way adjustable seat, although the front seat passenger has to make do with six-way adjustment.
Vauxhall Astra boot space
At 370 litres, the Astra manages to match its predecessor for boot space despite it being a smaller car overall. While it’s a good size, it’s beaten by some rivals and comprehensively trumped by the Skoda Octavia. It’s a usefully square shape on all models, and the floor is ribbed to help prevent objects rolling around too much.
As already mentioned, cars without a spare wheel suffer from a step up to the rear seats when they’re folded. Opt for a space saver and the boot floor is raised enough to do away with the step. It’s just a shame an adjustable boot floor isn’t offered. We also found the rear load lip to be higher than those of some rivals, too.