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Vauxhall Astra Convertible interior, tech and comfort

2001 - 2005 (change model)
Comfort rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Drivers of all sizes should be able to find a good driving position, as the steering wheel is adjustable for reach and height. The curved faux-aluminium centre console is pleasing on the eye and cascades from the top of the dash down to the handbrake, adding colour to the large – and otherwise drab – dark dashboard. Upholstery can be specified in beige (which looks great and lightens the cabin) or black (which is more practical and longer lasting) or there’s the option of a colour-coded leather pack.

The well laid-out interface features chunky buttons and dials for quick and easy use. Rearward visibility can be a problem, as the rear window is small and the canvas roof creates large blind spots.

The seats are supportive although long journeys can be uncomfortable, as the firm ride is unsettling and larger passengers may find the cabin cramped. In the back legroom is particularly tight, the seats are too upright to relax in and it’s blustery with the roof down. The air conditioning and optional heated leather seats add luxury to the interior, and road noise is surprisingly subdued for a soft-top.