Used Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (2004 - 2010) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 28 Aug 2009
3.5
The Vauxhall Astra is a good all-rounder that's sharply styled and easy to live with. It's not the most exciting or involving car to drive but it's safe and composed with good road manners while there's a wide range of strong diesel and petrol engines.
3.5 out of 5

Comfort

The interior is a vast improvement over the previous car. There's enough room in the back for three (although the centre seat can be a bit of squeeze) and there's adequate headroom. The seats are firm and supportive enough for longer trips however road rumble is noticeable and the diesels can be a bit clattery on - particularly on start-up -and can be intrusive on motorway journeys.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

Boot space isn't as good as some models in the class, but it's still more than acceptable for the needs of a small family and large enough for the weekly shop. It falls down on practicality when it comes to larger loads though - the handsome shape of the bodywork translates into an awkward boot opening and there's a pronounced lip that makes getting things inside a bit tricky.

The rear seats can't fold totally flat either because the cushion is fixed and stowage up front is very poor too.

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3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The driving environment is quite cramped and storage is in short supply but the worst aspect is the flawed ergonomics – as the air vents are at the top of the centre console, controls for the stereo and ventilation systems are awkwardly located low down, while the air-con isn't very straightforward to use. However, the quality of the finish is impressive and the dash-top plastics, well damped switches and solid doors all help to create an air of quality.