Vauxhall Astra SRi
Vauxhall Astra

'SportSwitch' selects sport mode which alters the reaction of the accelerator pedal for a sharper feel and the steering becomes more direct ideal for more demanding 'B' roads. The Sport mode enables you to deactivate the ESP Plus system.

All-round disc brakes with a dual circuit diagonally split braking system are standard on the SRi model and ensure that the Astra brakes reassuringly well. The Astra also features a front brake pad wear warning ensuring that unnecessary disc wear does not occur.

Ease of Use

The new Vauxhall Astra is easy to drive, park and manoeuvre. Visibility is excellent all round with large windows offering superb forward and side vision. The dashboard is ergonomically laid out, simple and uncluttered. All the controls are tactile and stylish with everything to hand. Only the audio and heating controls were a bit complicated to operate but a quick read of the handbook and a wealth of functions can be accessed.

The driver information centre incorporates a trip computer which displays various warnings for fluid levels, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, fuel consumed, average speed, distance travelled, time, outside temperature and date.

Our test car was equipped with the 'Sight and Light Pack' £125 which includes rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, electro-chromatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror which reduces eye strain when driving at night especially on the Motorway and automatic lighting control which automatically switches the headlights on and off.

The windscreen wipers feature a simple to use intermittent wiping facility which is activated by tapping the lever upwards once. The interval between wipe cycles is variable. The rain sensitive windscreen wipers (part of the Sight and Light pack) engages the front wipers when it has determined how much water is on the windscreen. The rear wiper works at 3 speeds depending on the road speed of the car. It is turned on automatically when the front wipers are activated and when reverse gear is selected.

The new Astra has a spacious boot with 350 litres of space and and by folding up the rear seats this can be increased to 1,300 litres. The rear seats fold down (but not totally flat) or can be split 60/40. Load restraint lashing eyes are standard and the luggage area is Illuminated.

On a practical level the Vauxhall Astra SRi incorporates remote control central locking, front map reading lights integral with front courtesy light and 2 rear reading lights, instrument panel dimmer, 12 volt auxiliary power socket, front and rear grab handles, seat back pockets, twin sunvisors with lit vanity mirrors, large door bins front and rear, front fog lights, large illuminated glovebox, front armrest with integral compartment, front ashtray and fade up/fade down courtesy lighting operated by front and rear door switches.

Follow me home headlights are standard throughout the range and keep the headlights on for 30 seconds after you leave the car and then switches them off automatically enabling you to return to the car safely or enter your home with reassurance.

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