A Taste of the Vauxhall Astra

 Car insurance is a huge expense. I used to get mine from this monthly car insurance site but since I got my promotion I can afford to pay for it yearly now, as well as buy a new car.Everyone has his or her own reasons for going for a particular type of car. Depending on how much one loves going to the detail of it all, the reasons are many and varied. The most common are based on performance, comfort, reliability and even prestige.

Carwise I went for the Vauxhall Astra. It is an ordinary enough car and popular with many people especially families but like everyone else, I had my own reasons, some of which turned out to be a little less valid. Driving the Vauxhall Astra One of the qualities I was looking for is a machine with a good pace but friendly to my pocket—a combination hard to come by. Although there are many other vehicles with a lot better performance when it comes to pace, I wouldn’t think the Astra as a disappointment.

The 1.4-litre turbo-charged engine has 148bhp—there is an option for the 128bhp—and produces 0-62mph pace with as much fuel consumption as the lower-powered versions. With a firm suspension work that often allows me the honour of knowing when the surface of the road changes and often in unfriendly manner, the Astra is not overly comfortable, especially when the speed is lowered. The shortfall is, perhaps, compensated by the ease with which the car takes corners courtesy of its weight reduction ability.

I’m a little disappointed by the whistling of the door mirrors when I’m driving at considerable speed. However, this is again compensated by the good suppression of road noise. Although not necessarily disturbing, there is some noticeable noise when the engine is pushed to top rev.

The Interior To give the devil its due, the manufacturers of the Vauxhall Astra deserve a thumbs-up for an impeccable interior. Whether tall or short, drivers will easily feel comfortable in the Astra owing to the adjustment capabilities of both the steering wheel and the seats. In addition, finding all major controls is not such a struggle. While the front mirror allows proper visibility, the rear one is not such a good job.

Apart from a blind spot on the rear view mirror, the thick pillars don’t help much when parking. There is a costly solution though—I had to buy rear park sensors which came as a package that included the front sensors. Another round of applause should go to the manufacturers for a good job in provision of infotainment.

The vehicle comes with a colour touchscreen equipped with Bluetooth, DAB, smartphone projection, DAB and aux-in ports as well as Android Auto and Apple Car Play. My vehicle has an OnStar system which allows access to online connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot together with a call centre connection through which I usually request Google map directions and download them on the sat-nav whenever I’m in unfamiliar.


I’ve easily managed to live with the few disappointments including firm suspension as well the clicking wiper and indicator stalks. Otherwise, I’m proud to be among the owners of the Vauxhall Astra. The tapering roofline may deceive you into thinking that you’ll have to squeeze everyone in but believe me; the wide cabin affords any tall adult passenger comfortable headroom and legroom. In addition, the wide cabin allows enough shoulder room for adults to sit comfortably on heated rear seats with properly-sized side door pockets and USB ports.


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