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Vauxhall Astra VXR hatchback (2012-2018) - Interior & comfort

The Vauxhall Astra VXR's suspension is very firm but other cars in this class are worse

Carbuyer Rating

3.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.8 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

2.5 out of 5

People in the market for a fast hot hatchback aren’t likely to prioritise a supple, comfortable suspension setup, and that’s just as well, as the VXR has stiff performance-car suspension. You get an adaptive setup as standard, though, meaning the firm ride can be softened by choosing between different modes. That allows you to make the car more comfortable if you’re not driving quickly.

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It's also worth pointing out that although the VXR's ride can feel firm, it compares favourably in this respect with rivals such as the VW Scirocco R and Renaultsport Megane 265. The standard VXR sports seats are comfortable when you first sit in them, but spend more than an hour behind the wheel and it’s very likely you’ll begin to feel a few aches.

Vauxhall Astra VXR dashboard

The VXR uses the standard Astra’s dashboard design, which is a good thing as it’s a curvy, wraparound style and is good to look at. Some of the smaller buttons can be a little fiddly to use, but the materials are pleasant to touch and the interior feels well built.

VXR buyers do get some sporty touches inside to go with the car’s muscular exterior, including racier dials, new pedals, a sports gearstick, VXR badging and sports seats.

Equipment

The Vauxhall Astra VXR comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights, Bluetooth phone connectivity, DAB digital radio, a USB connection, electric windows, air-conditioning and the adaptive suspension setup.

Options

Options include sat-nav, a leather interior, a Performance Seat Pack and the VXR Aero Pack, which includes an additional rear spoiler, extended side sills and 20-inch alloy wheels.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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