Official pictures of the Ford Focus rival's interior
18 June 2009

These are the first offical pictures of the interior of the new Vauxhall Astra.

The new Vauxhall Astra is scheduled to go on sale in December, after being shown in the metal for the first time at September's Frankfurt motor show.

See the full gallery of Vauxhall Astra interior pictures here

Watch race driver Fabrizio Giovanardi at the wheel of the new Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall says the interior 'marks a major shift towards premium design and quality'.

"Our goal was to make the perceptual quality in the interior of the next generation Astra as great as that of the Vauxhall Insignia," said Peter Hasselback, head of design appearance quality at Vauxhall. "This is in line with Vauxhall's mission to bring innovations and quality to the compact class."

New Vauxhall Astra revealed

Read Steve Cropley's blog on the new Vauxhall Astra here

Taking cues from the Insignia, the Astra interior uses Vauxhall's recurring 'wing and blade motifs'. The blade detailing can be seen in the shape of the door handles, for instance, and the gearshift and steering wheel mouldings. The wing design is most obvious in the wraparound dash design, where it arcs across the cabin into the door mouldings.

The interior also has ambient lighting, with the gearbox surround and center console illuminated from above and, depending on trim level, the door recesses are also illuminated.

Other standout details include the chrome trim on the main clocks and guages, as with the Insignia, and having the speedometer and tachometer angled towards the driver.

See all the latest Vauxhall Astra reviews, news and video

Vauxhall also says the Astra's seats have industry-leading levels of adjustment. Ergonmic Sports Seats with even more adjustment can also be specified, although they are standard on Elite models.

Specific detail has also been paid to storage compartments, with Vauxhall taking out patents on some of its designs.

After extensive research, Vauxhall compiled a list of the 20 most common items people stored in their cars. It then designed storage areas for these items - the new Astra has a hard-shelled sunglass case in the door opening, for instance, coin slots and a pen holder on the glovebox lid and a twin glovebox. Rear passengers also have access to a 12 volt socket for an MP3 player.

The boot also features a recess to store either a first aid kit or warning triangle, while Vauxhall's Flex-Floor system can provide further under-floor storage.

The sixth-generation Astra is all-new, and shares nothing with the current model; the platform is new and the engine line-up has been lifted from the Insignia and Corsa range.

The first car to be launched at the Frankfurt motor show in September will be the five-door hatch. Joining the five-door next year will be an estate, followed by the distinctive three-door Sport Hatch model with its coupé-like styling, although we won’t see that car until 2011. The VXR, which will be based on the three-door, won’t come until 2011, either.

Like the current model, the three-door’s styling is very different from that of the five-door. Wider rear wings, a lower roofline and a different front-end design with larger intakes will set the three-door apart, and the blade design in the car’s flanks has been reversed to sit behind the front wings, in the style of the Insignia.

Read the full technical details of the Vauxhall Astra by clicking below:

New Vauxhall Astra revealed

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Astra 2009-2015

The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best-looking hatchbacks, but average dynamics and performance hamper its overall appeal

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