The interior of the car, although it seems pretty spacious, is very crowded. At least this is what you could feel from the driver position, especially when looking at the center console.
Astra's interior borrows many things from the Insignia and this pretty much makes sense given the fact that most customers considered the interior design a clear evolution from the previous models. Both the center console and the instrument panel comes from the 2009 European Car of the Year and, although they look good, there are a few things to be mentioned here.
First, the center console holds way too many buttons (around 40 if we're not wrong), all of which let the driver and the passenger browse among the car's functions. Which were only a few on our test drive car, but we'll talk about that a little bit later. The gauges are decorated with the same chrome rings as the ones on the Insignia, while the three-spoke steering wheel is identical with the one found on the German sedan.
Just as we told you earlier, Opel has paid a bit more attention to details and, after all, it's the little things that count. For example, a red diffused light at the base of the center console creates a pretty nice ambient lighting during night, while special air vents mounted on the inside of the A-pillar are especially introduced to help defrosting and defogging.
Other than that, the Astra comes with quite a welcoming cabin, but don't expect too much from it. Even if you're ready to spend some extra cash for a bit more comfort. Sport seats, dual-zone air conditioning system, leather-wrapped steering-wheel, on-board computer, front armrest and many others are only available on the Sport trim which, in most markets, is regarded as the top of the range configuration.Continue reading