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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Astra received a top five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, validating Vauxhall's claim that the car has a strong body structure. Every model comes with at least six airbags (more on some models - see equipment for details) and ABS. There's an immobiliser and remote central locking on all models while top cars have an alarm.

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.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (04-10).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
Active optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Active Plus equipment

Active Plus standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
Active Plus optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Breeze equipment

Breeze standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
Breeze optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

Breeze Plus equipment

Breeze Plus standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
Breeze Plus optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

Club equipment

Club standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
Club optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Steel wheels

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Design optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Traction control

Elite equipment

Elite standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Elite optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

Energy equipment

Energy standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Steel wheels
Energy optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels

Expression equipment

Expression standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Steel wheels
Expression optional equipment
None available

Life equipment

Life standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
Life optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors

SRi equipment

SRi standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
SRi optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers

SXi equipment

SXi standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats
SXi optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Lumbar support

Euro NCAP Rating

The Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (04-10) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.