Used Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (2009 - 2015) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
4
Alongside the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra hatchback is one of the most popular cars on sale in the UK. This latest model builds on that strong reputation while adding some much needed refinement and driver appeal.
4 out of 5

Comfort

There's a high level of Vauxhall Astra hatchback comfort. Thanks to superb ride quality, the Astra is a great long distance car, even with four adults on board. There's also very little noise even at higher speeds, with wind noise impressively low. This makes it a very serene and cosseting car to travel in. All round passenger space is good, but it's a bit of a squeeze with three in the back as the roof is quite low where it meets the rear doors, making you feel somewhat hemmed in.

But leg room is reasonable for this size car and the seats offer good support. All models come with air conditioning while the top Elite has dual-zone climate control.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

Vauxhall Astra hatchback practicality is not great. With 370 litres of boot space, the Astra can't quite carry as much as the Ford Focus but it is larger than the Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf. As you'd expect, all models have rear seats which can split 60/40 and fold down to allow you to carry larger items. The boot area itself is around a metre wide and is easy to load awkward items into, although there's quite a pronounced load lip.

SRi models and above come with a clever Flex-Floor luggage compartment - basically a false boot which creates a hidden storage area underneath and means removing heavy items isn't as back breaking. It's an optional extra on S and Exclusiv models. In the front there's good storage with three cup holders in the central console and door pockets capable of holding large drinks bottles.

There's also a useful cubby in front of the gear lever where the auxiliary input for MP3 players/iPods is located along with a 12v socket.

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How does the boot space compare?

385 litres
372 litres
Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (09-15)
351 litres
200 litres
3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The interior design is similar to the larger Insignia and even uses the same steering wheel, although it feels quite big in the Astra. It's certainly far more upmarket than the previous model and the quality has improved too, with soft touch materials on the dash. That said there are still some harder plastics around, for instance on the rear doors and it doesn't have the same classy feel as alternatives such as the Volkswagen Golf.

The instrument dials look stylish though with soft white lighting (which can be changed to red on SRi models via the Sport button) while the driving position is good with plenty of adjustment in both the seat and steering column. The centre console is a little button heavy, especially on models with satellite navigation fitted, but it doesn't take too long to become familiar with.

All round visibility is average for a hatchback with quite large windscreen pillars obscuring the view out at junctions - but they're no worse than any other car of this size. SRi models and above come with an electric parking brake, which frees up space on the centre console.