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The Top Gear car review:Vauxhall Astra
For:Composed to drive. OnStar is versatile, well-connected and easy to use
Against:Could be more engaging and roomier
What is it?
The Astra is part of Britain’s motoring staple diet. A new generation is therefore inevitably an event. Doubly so with this one because it’s very new indeed – almost everything has been redesigned and re-engineered. It’s a lot lighter, a little smaller (though just as roomy), and prettier. One of the main draws on most versions is OnStar, GM’s highly impressive and easy-to-use connected car system.
The new Astra launches as a five-door hatch and Sports Tourer estate. The previous-gen three-door, including the GTC and VXR, continues for the time being.