The Vauxhall Astra provides a reasonably strong drive, and is highly practical and well equipped, with some super smart looks to match. It’s also a wonderfully cheap car leasing choice, and is much cheaper to run than a lot of other cars in its class. The diesel engines can sometimes feel a bit rough, and the steering is on the light side, but the Astra still offers a great drive. It’s one of the best family cars to go for, and is a wise personal car leasing option.
There are some great engines available for the Astra. For petrol lovers, the 1.0 litre petrol has a decent amount of oomph; but if you’re looking for something a bit more powerful, we’d go for the 1.4 litre petrol which is nice and flexible. However, our favourite has to be the 134bhp 1.6litre diesel. The diesel is complete with strong revs and makes acceleration nice and brisk. As for the steering, it would be much better if there was a bit more weight to it. On the plus side, at least the Astra is responsive, and body roll in the corners is minimal. Also, the light steering makes tricky parking a cinch. So the Astra may not be the smoothest ride in the world, but it handles bumps and obstacles in the road pretty well.
Moving on to the interior, the Astra’s cabin holds up pretty well. Everything feels firm and reliable, and the dashboard has been laid out simply and logically, with all the buttons being easy to use whilst driving. Driver’s should be happy, as the driving seat and position is pretty comfortable, with plenty of adjustment for the seat and wheel, with decent front visibility. Visibility behind the shoulder could be better, and unfortunately you have to pay extra for lumbar support in the driver’s seat.
Luckily there’s plenty of space for you in the Astra. Head and legroom are more than generous in both the front and back. The sloping roofline of the Astra may trick you into thinking there isn’t much room, but don’t be fooled. The cabin is roomy and feels bright and airy. On top of this, Astra drivers get a nice big boot with split-folding rear seats, which is great for versatility. It would be great if the boot floor had a height-adjustable boot floor though.
As for kit, the Astra comes with a decent level of standard equipment. This includes air-con, cruise control, Bluetooth, Dab Radio and a very useful 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Standard safety features include: stability control, tyre pressure monitoring, and front, side and curtain airbags. Parking sensors are a pretty pricey option whichever trim level you go for, but they’re definitely worth it. For a little added luxury such as automatic wipers, a front armrest and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, you can always opt for the SRi trim. For the ever useful satnav, you’ll have to go for the Tech Line trim.