Basic Life models get a very basic FM/AM stereo with an auxiliary input, while Sting models go a bit further and add a CD player and USB socket. The limited display means there will be a lot of scrolling involved if you’ve got a hefty music collection.
Most buyers will want to go for Excite trim or up, which get Vauxhall’s Intellilink system with a 7.0in colour touchscreen. The system includes DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB, but its main trick is to function as an extension of your Smartphone – Apple or Android. Download Vauxhall’s free nav App, named BringGo, and you can run the sat-nav on the car’s screen even without mobile internet, because the mapping is stored on the phone. There are various other digital radio apps, too. The benefit of this is that the system is easy to personalise, and the software is upgraded when your phone is. The downside is that the efficiency of it very much depends on how good your phone is, so the end experience will vary greatly.
Even when Intellilink is functioning well, there are issues with the system, such as the touch-sensitive volume control buttons; they’re very easy to touch accidentally if you rest your hand there when prodding the screen. The menu layouts are a bit tricky to get used to, and the system can be slow to respond to your touch.