In recent years, manufacturers have cottoned-on to the concept of business editions – special trim levels tailored directly at the company car driver. These models are packed with additional specifications including sat-nav, Bluetooth and driver-comfort options, while keeping the P11D value lower than it would otherwise be.
The Astra we’ve had on test is in Tech Line GT trim, which seems like an odd choice for
a business-targeted model. The standard Tech Line provides a useful spec for such drivers, including Bluetooth, DAB and sat-nav. The GT adds bigger alloys, lower sports suspension
and an interesting bodykit.
In the couple of weeks I’ve had the Astra, I’ve been struggling to work out why anyone would plump for the GT. Like colleagues, I’ve had to be careful where I drive the car to avoid scrapes to the underside, and, from the outside at least, the standard Tech Line looks pretty good.
Vauxhall has done a good job with the external styling of the current Astra which, while due to be replaced this year, still looks fresh and modern. Inside, though, it’s a different story.
The interior is beginning to feel quite dated, with shiny plastic chrome surrounding dials. The central sat-nav unit isn’t touchscreen and the array of buttons on offer is truly baffling.