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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Vauxhall Astra hatchback safety record is good. It scored the maximum five star rating in official Euro NCAP tests and gained the highest score - at the time - for its active head restraints which protect against whiplash. All models come with ESP electronic stability control, six airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and three, three-point seatbelts in the back.

There are also Isofix child seat mounting points and adaptive brake lights that pulse five times a second if the ABS is engaged above 20mph.

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.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (09-15).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Sports seats
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Active equipment

Active standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
Active optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Active Limited Edition equipment

Active Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
Active Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
Design optional equipment
None available

Elite equipment

Elite standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
Elite optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Energy equipment

Energy standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
Energy optional equipment
None available

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
ES optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

ES Tech equipment

ES Tech standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sat Nav
ES Tech optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Space saver spare wheel

Excite equipment

Excite standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
Excite optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Exclusiv equipment

Exclusiv standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Steel wheels
Exclusiv optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Expression equipment

Expression standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
Expression optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Limited Edition equipment

Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows
SE optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

SRi equipment

SRi standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Sports seats
SRi optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

SRi Vx-line equipment

SRi Vx-line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Sports seats
SRi Vx-line optional equipment
None available

Tech Line equipment

Tech Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav
Tech Line optional equipment
None available

Tech Line GT equipment

Tech Line GT standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Tech Line GT optional equipment
  • Front fog lights