Vauxhall Astra hatchback - Practicality & boot space
Boot and interior space are plentiful, so the Vauxhall Astra is a good choice for growing families
The Astra has always been a relatively practical choice and the latest model continues that trend with a spacious boot and room for four adults to sit in comfort – five at a pinch. Vauxhall does sell an Astra Sports Tourer estate, which offers an extra 170 litres of boot space over the hatchback, but it’s far from the biggest estate in the class.
Vauxhall Astra interior space & storage
The rear of the Astra has plenty of space for adult passengers, with 35mm more kneeroom than in the previous model and plenty of headroom in spite of the car’s sloping coupé-like roofline. Access to the back seats is easy – a crucial consideration for family buyers with babies or young children. The back doors open wide and the door opening is bigger than on the old car. The usual glovebox, door bins and additional storage cubbies are present and correct.
Just like the old car, the Astra hatchback has a 370-litre boot with the rear seats in place. There’s also a handy ribbed floor to stop smaller, loose items rolling about as you tackle a roundabout. If you go for the optional space-saver spare wheel, the boot floor is totally flat when you fold the rear seats down, but otherwise there’s a bit of a step at the base of the back seats when they’re folded.
A towing pack, comprising a detachable tow bar and a trailer stability system, is available as an option on all Astra trim levels. As always, we’d recommend diesel over petrol if you’re going to be doing a lot of towing with your Astra, due to those engines’ greater low-down pulling power. The top diesel with a manual gearbox is the best tow car, with a 1,450kg braked trailer capacity, but even the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol can haul a 1,220kg trailer.