The new Vauxhall Astra will have an even higher quality interior than the Insignia when it appears later this year, according to its makers.
Vauxhall estimates that 40 to 50 per cent of our first impressions about a car’s cabin are based on touch and feel, so the Astra's door handles, stalks, steering wheel and gear lever are all lifted straight from its larger sibling.
The Insignia’s interior has been steeped in praise for its stylish “wing” design and high-quality feel.The same design language has been used in the Astra’s cabin, including plastic that mimics leather-covered surfaces.
Malcolm Ward, design director at GM, told Autocar: “With the Astra we wanted to bring a premium feel to the compact segment. The idea was to match the Insignia or better it and you will see that when the car comes out.”
The boot of the Astra will also feature a clever MPV-style floor design, with an array of different configurations to suit the load.
A separate compartment is available in the boot floor which can fold into an A-shape to stow smaller objects and stop them rolling around.