If you'll ever have the chance to visit the autoevolution headquarters, you'll most likely agree that the most comfortable place in the whole building is the bean bag we use to sit on every time we decide to test our skills on either Nintento Wii on Playstation 3. With this thought in our minds, it's pretty easy to decide which are and which are not the comfortable cars we have to drive, as we already set the superior standard in this respect.
And Opel Astra is pretty impressive. Although some consider the seats a little bit too firm, they are especially configured for a sportier feeling. Hence a lower driving position that makes you feel just like you'd be driving a much more powerful car that has wings and weapons ready to shoot the incoming enemies. OK, maybe not that great, but still, Astra's seats seem to follow the same sporty attitude expressed by the exterior design.
Not to mention that the Sport trim level can be ordered with sport seats, as well as with a sport multifunctional steering wheel wrapped in leather.
But if you're ready for some marketing “yeah right” statements, it's probably worth mentioning that Opel says its Ergonomic Sport Seat, with a 6-way adjustable range, is the only one in the class that received the seal of approval from Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (Action for Healthy Backs, known as AGR), an independent group of ergonomics experts and doctors in Germany.
But when not in full configuration, the Astra might lose a point or two. The Enjoy flavor we tested was equipped with cruise control, multifunctional steering wheel, interior electrochromic mirror, rain and light sensors, while features such as front armrest, dual-zone air conditioning or leather wrapped seats could only be found on higher trim levels.
If you're living in a small block apartment or you don't have enough space to keep your things because your girlfriend/wife is a real shoe collector, you can always consider Opel's hatchback a viable solution. The vehicle offers a total of 19 storage compartments with a total capacity of 25 liters. We couldn't find all 25 places but, if Opel claims so, they probably exist.
Last but not least, comfort is also enhanced with the implementation of a mix of a compound crank with a Watt's link in the rear axle, which has a significant role in both stability and comfort.Continue reading