What's the used Vauxhall Astra like?
The Vauxhall Astra has been a familiar sight on British roads since 1979 and, along with its biggest rival the Ford Focus, it’s a byword for family motoring.
It should, therefore, offer everything a typical family needs from a car: five doors, a big boot and low running costs.
This is the sixth-generation Astra and it certainly delivers all that, even though it doesn’t quite match the abilities of the Focus or VW Golf.
In some areas, design has trumped usability, with awkwardly placed windscreen pillars obscuring your view at junctions, and thick rear pillars limiting your over-the-shoulder view.
In addition, while it’s an easy car to drive, thanks to light controls and accurate steering, it isn’t as comfortable as a Golf or as fun to drive as either of its main rivals.
On the up side, the Astra provides plenty of space for adults in both the front and the rear. And it’s a nice place to be because the dashboard is attractively designed and the materials are better than those in any previous Astra.