It makes for a relaxed driving environment too. Indeed all the controls are nicely weighted and the driving position only ruined by seats that lacked a little lumber. Lumbar support is an option worth having, though the seats never became uncomfortable.
Another thing missing from the Astra was buttons. Previous Astra’s went through a phase of giving you a plethora of buttons that are now thankfully far fewer and far less confusing. It brings the cockpit into line with other manufacturers and the 8” infotainment screen takes away many of the messily distributed buttons.
Connectivity is a big thing in Vauxhall and the Astra comes with Wifi hotspots for 7 appliances. Connecting is easy and the signal and speed of the internet was fast allowing me to listen to Pride Internet Radio from my phone.
Visibility in the tourer is better than in the hatchback and the visuals of it are nicely proportioned. The boot opening is large and although the roof tapers down at the rear, losing vital inches in load height, it didn’t stop us collecting a 180cm length sofa bed.
Motoring nurse or medical motorist? It’s a difficult one. By day l nurse and by night l drive.
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