Gracing our roads since the eighties it’s fair to say the Vauxhall Astra has earned its place as an icon of British motoring. In this blog we narrow it down to just seven things we love about the Vauxhall Astra.
1. A British Classic
On the market for forty years, the Vauxhall Astra is a longstanding model that you can rely on. Over this time, the Astra has won numerous awards, having first scooped European car of the year way back in 1985.
While it has undergone numerous remodels over the years the Astra continues to be made in the UK at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire and remains at the fore of the family hatchback class. It is a familiar friend that you can rely on.
The Vauxhall Astra has always offered great value for money and still remains cheaper than the majority of its rivals.
New models are more aerodynamic and have more efficient engines, so won’t break the bank when it comes to running costs. While efficiency gains have also led to lower CO2 emissions meaning you’ll pay minimum tax.
Given its long history, there are a great number of used Vauxhall Astra models available. This means not only should you be able to find a great deal on a used model but should you run into any trouble, sourcing affordable second-hand parts should be a doddle.
3. A Great All-rounder
The key to the Vauxhall Astra’s longstanding history is its ability to appeal as a great all-rounder thanks to incredible flexibility.
With its stylish looks, the Astra has always had a wide-appeal, while the spacious interior ensures that it is well-equipped for family life.
The newest models come with the latest technology and safety standards so you can enjoy seamless travel. While a good range of engines ensures that you have a wealth of choice, so are sure to find the right option for your family.
Inside the Astra is all about comfort and every aspect of the driver’s journey has been considered. The pedals and steering wheel are neatly aligned and all controls easy to locate, while a good driving position places you just where you need to be for impressive driving comfort.
As standard, both the seat and steering wheel offer a multitude of adjustments, so finding the perfect position behind the wheel is a breeze. Plus should you opt for a higher-specification model, you’ll even get adjustable lumbar support.
5. Advanced Tech
The new Vauxhall Astra model comes with extensive technology as standard. Entry-level models feature a seven-inch touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port. This infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring meaning you can use a range of navigation apps like Google Maps or Waze via the Vauxhall Astra’s touchscreen. Higher-spec Astra models feature an eight-inch touchscreen with built-in satnav and a powerful Bose sound system.
Front and rear parking sensors are available as an optional extra and will give you extra confidence when manoeuvring. While the Parking Pack, which is standard on Ultimate Nav models, comes with parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and a handy automatic parking system, which will park the car for you.
On top of this, the Astra is available with a host of driver assistance to help make drives more convenient and safe. With automatic emergency braking available on high specification models.
6. A Style Icon
The Vauxhall Astra may have been on the road for four decades, but it has always managed to remain stylish thanks to various style updates. In its current guise, it is sharp-looking with a neatly sculpted front bumper and sleek grille. While sharp creases down the side of the car, give it plenty of visual appeal.
For something even sportier, the SRi guise looks surprisingly dynamic especially when fitted with standard-fit 17” alloy wheels.
You can opt for either a five-door hatchback or a Sports Tourer estate, so no matter what your requirements with the Astra you are sure to find the perfect solution.
7. Impressive Drive-Quality
Let’s face it, as good as the Astra sounds it would be a real let down if it was poor to drive. Luckily this is far from the case.
With light, perky steering it offers neat and nimble handling. While the inclusion of new dampers improves long-range comfort and chassis composure, making it an extremely comfortable long-distance cruiser. Plus with limited wind noise and very low murmuring from the wheels its a refined cruiser, even at higher speeds.
In more urban environments the Astra proves to be just as capable with well-sprung suspension that soaks up bumps and potholes well at slow speeds.
What’s more, the Astra is available with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, as well as a standard six-speed manual gearbox, both of which deliver seamless transitions for smoother journeys.
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