Cruise control with a speed-limiter (which ensures you do not exceed the set speed and so helps you avoid fines). A reversing camera, and rear parking sensors (which help you judge how far the rear bumper is from obstacles).
An MP3 compatible sound system with (outstandingly reliable) DAB+ digital radio
reception, Aux and USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming, voice control, and six speakers.
A colour touchscreen (7.0-inch on the less costly Astras) for controlling cabin functions. Support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
, which lets you plug in a compatible smartphone and display on the touchscreen some of its apps (including mapping). You can then operate the apps from the touchscreen (or by voice).
Controls on the steering wheel for the cruise control, the audio system, and your phone.
Headlamps that switch on automatically when it’s getting dark.
Aluminium alloy wheels (which look nicer than steel wheels with plastic hubcaps), and a speed-limited space-saver spare wheel.
A Sports Mode button, which allows you to adjust how directly the Astra responds to your use of the steering wheel and accelerator pedal.
Hill-start assist, which makes it easier to take off on an uphill slope (by controlling the brakes automatically). Traction control, which prevents you from spinning a front wheel if you try to accelerate hard where it’s slippery.
Electronic stability control, which can help you control a skidding car. All new cars must have this feature.
Six airbags. (For the placement of airbags, and more on Astra safety systems, please open the Safety section below.)
Every Holden Astra carries a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.