The Astra has evolved from a trusted five-door family car to a stylish compact executive hatchback. The longest running Vauxhall in continuous production has had a makeover.
There are seven trim levels available with the entry-level Design trim offering DAB radio, 16-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, air conditioning and cruise control as standard. A seven-inch touchscreen with smartphone connection is nestled within the high-quality-feel dashboard.
The Tech-line trim includes an eight-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, sat nav and leather steering wheel. The range topping Elite model adds electronic climate control, a full-leather interior and folding mirrors. Not forgetting rear passengers, it has a pair of USB sockets and heated seats.
LED matrix headlights, the first Vauxhall model to feature the highly advanced technology that senses vehicles or pedestrians nearby via front-mounted camera and so adjusts the beam accordingly.
Additional technology available includes the Onstar system, which provides emergency response notifications, vehicle recovery and a high-speed 4G Wi-Fi connection. As well as Lane Keep Assist, Advanced Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Traffic Sign Assist.
Options on the Elite trim include a leather steering wheel, multi-adjustable ergonomic front seats certified by AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) and the Power Driver’s Seat in leather with ventilation and massage, perfect for those who find themselves in the driving seat for long periods of time.
The font and rear ends have been redesigned to add a sportier feel to the Astra, the clean sweeping lines from the nose to the tail emphasise its sharpness. There is a crease built in the bodywork leading to a rear spoiler to further increase its sporty feel. The illusion ‘floating’ roof is unique and is down to the black C-pillar. At the rear there is the option of adding L-shaped led lights.
The range of engines available is impressive there is one to suit every need. For those wanting power there is the 1.6 turbo with 197bhp. Or for those seeking to decrease [BIK](https://www.acvm.com/tools/bik-calculator/) or company car tax with a more efficient option such as the 1.4-litre ECOTEC turbo or the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine.
Improved interior space
The interior has been compiled using new materials and construction methods. Vauxhall’s hard work on interior improvement is evident in the user-friendly space. Although physically smaller than its predecessor the new Astra feels more spacious, easily accommodating a six-foot passenger in the rear and up front.