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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The five-door Astra earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating and the VXR is similarly strong. Every car gets ESP stability control plus dual front, side and curtain airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and Active Head Restraints (which reduce the risk of whiplash). Remote central locking is standard, which includes Auto Lock – a feature that re-locks the door after five minutes if no doors have been opened.

On paper the boot seems only average with 312 litres but worse is the fact that the boot lip is so high and the opening narrow, which makes loading and unloading heavy items difficult. Rear space isn’t great either and the sloping roof means getting in and out is tricky while up front there’s very little storage, especially on the centre console. There’s no five-door VXR either.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Vauxhall Astra VXR (05-10).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • 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:

VXR equipment

VXR standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
VXR optional equipment
None available