Is there anything interesting about its design?
So, the Astra can't rival Ronaldo in the looks department, but it's no Lady Gaga (2016 European MTV singer of the year) in an enveloping meat dress either. The trademark Holden grille looks better in a larger, chunkier sedan, but the sporty lines and wider haunches hold it in good stead. A sculpted rear leaves an arresting impression too, one that is nicely complemented by new LED lights and bigger alloy wheels.
Inside, an astute dash design leaves dials and buttons within easy reach while the use of better quality plastics at the touch points adds credence to Holden's claims the Astra belongs on the aspirational end of the small-car market.
In some ways, however, this premium hatch doesn't feel all that premium. Piano black highlights and the odd brushed metal attempt add interest but seem to mark easily while the attention to detail and finish served up to front-seat occupants is not generally the preserve of those in the rear.
Back there Holden has given the nod to harder, cheaper materials although the seat itself seems to be better shaped and more supportive than that found in most competitors.