Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Spacious boot but not the class best
  • Comfortable driving position and sets
  • Easily room for four six-foot adults

There are no bold proclamations about Vauxhall Astra practicality being exceptional in any way, but as a five-door hatchback it offers a useful degree of flexibility that will satisfy the needs of many customers. At 370 litres, the boot space with the rear seats in place beats the older Ford Focus’ 316-litre total but lags behind the current car and rivals such as the VW Golf and the Peugeot 308.

Tumble the seats over and it’s a similar story: the Astra’s capacity extends to 1,210 litres, beaten by the Focus and kicked into touch by both the Golf and the 308.

How big is it?

Elsewhere the cabin is dotted with sensibly sized and shaped storage areas for oddments, including a section low down on the centre console which can be used to hold and charge selected smartphones.

Perhaps the Astra’s most practical feature isn’t something within the car but something it connects to – OnStar. This is Vauxhall’s parent company’s (General Motors) telematics and concierge service. This was discontinued as part of the 2019 facelift, however.

The size of the Astra is par for the course in this segment. It’s easy to manoeuvre and park as a result, with good visibility all-round – the only black marks are the angular pillars at the back of that could block the view out slightly. However, parking sensors and cameras – even a self-parking system – are available to help parking in tight spots.

Vauxhall Astra safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating
  • LED Matrix headlights work effectively
  • Driving Assistance Pack is feature-laden

The inherent safety of the Vauxhall Astra was underlined by its Euro NCAP crash test performance where it scored a five-star rating.

Not only is the body of the seventh-generation Astra lighter than before, it’s also significantly stronger. Six airbags ensure that occupants are cushioned in the event of an accident and a series of electronic aids work continuously to keep the car in check, mitigating the chances of the driver losing control in the first place.

Safety enhancing features such as a forward-facing camera with pedestrian detection and traffic sign recognition are available, as well as a lane departure warning system complemented by lane keeping assist to gently apply some steering angle in an attempt to prevent you veering out of the lane.

Further to that, there’s the collision mitigation element to the package which warns the driver if the car suspects an impact’s impending, applying the brakes to try and avoid it altogether if it can.

Night time illumination can be improved considerably with LED lights front and rear. Those up front are particularly sophisticated being matrix units, allowing sections of light to be switched on and off to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers, even in automatic main beam mode. Additional safety options include blind spot warning and a self-parking function.

Vauxhall Astra crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Astra Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Business Edition Nav equipment

Business Edition Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
Business Edition Nav optional equipment
None available

Design equipment

Design standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Steel wheels
Design optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator

Elite equipment

Elite standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Elite optional equipment
None available

Elite Nav equipment

Elite Nav standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Elite Nav optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Energy equipment

Energy standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Service indicator
Energy optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels

Griffin equipment

Griffin standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Griffin optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

SRi equipment

SRi standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats
SRi optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

SRi Nav equipment

SRi Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SRi Nav optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Service indicator

SRi Vx-line equipment

SRi Vx-line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats
SRi Vx-line optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator

SRi VX-Line Nav equipment

SRi VX-Line Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SRi VX-Line Nav optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Service indicator

Tech Line equipment

Tech Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
Tech Line optional equipment
  • Alarm

Tech Line Nav equipment

Tech Line Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steel wheels
Tech Line Nav optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Service indicator

Ultimate equipment

Ultimate standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
Ultimate optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Ultimate Nav equipment

Ultimate Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Ultimate Nav optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Vauxhall Astra Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 86%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 83%
Safety Assist: 75%

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.