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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Drivers and passengers find Astra comfortable. The wheelbase is longer than before and gives one of the roomiest cabins in the class. There’s an excellent driving position, with well-placed pedals, an adjustable steering wheel and good visibility. Only a drab, slightly staid, interior lets down the package.

A decently sized cabin means a comfortable journey for four adults (five at a push). Ride is quiet and supple; interior a bit drab and staid.