The Vauxhall Astra has been a favourite amongst UK motorists for many years thanks to its superb practicality, reliability and comfort. A previous winner of the prestigious European Car of the Year award, the Astra is now in its seventh generation and the best that it has ever been.
One of the key reasons that it has managed to remain such a popular family car in the last few years in such a competitive marketplace is the technology involved. Technology has become a huge part of modern day motoring and Vauxhall Astra have recognised this and harnessed the latest technology to improve the Astra owner experience.
Inside the Astra
The latest Astra has a premium feeling interior which is matched by the advanced technology contained within. Everything is easily controlled with the beautiful and easy-to-use seven or eight-inch touchscreen which neatly fits on the attractive dash-board. The vehicle features the terrific Apple CarPlay connectivity system or Android Auto, but it is the highly regarded OnStar system which really stands out.
OnStar is, essentially, a personal assistant that can help the driver with vehicle diag-nostics, roadside assistance, crash response and much more. The SRi Nav models also benefit from the Navi 900 InteliLink touchscreen navigation and infotainment system with a range of handy features and excellent connectivity.
Vauxhall has always made safety a priority when it comes to the Astra and it earned a 5 star Euro NCAP rating back in 2015. The seventh generation has an impressive safe-ty kit which, in addition to OnStar’s crash response, includes autonomous emergency braking, Lane Departure warning, Lane Keep Assist, blind spot monitoring, the ability to read and display road sign speed limit information, electronic stability control and even self-parking.
With so much technology, it is easy to think that the Astra would skyrocket in price compared to what it used to cost. This is not true, as Vauxhall has ensured that it con-tinues to remain great value for money and can easily be found for affordable prices in the second-hand car market from places like AA Cars.
The Vauxhall Astra has managed to maintain its popularity over the years by adapting and rolling with the times. In today’s day and age, this means incorporating the latest and best technology to improve owner experience. It features plenty of groundbreak-ing and helpful technology that ensures that it will remain one of the UK’s favourite models for many years to come.