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.”