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LIFE­TIME Holden buyer El­iz­a­beth Hansen is de­lighted with her new As­tra sedan, de­spite ad­mit­ting she’s yet to master “all the but­tons” on her week-old car.

She went to her Holden dealer look­ing to trade-in a Cruze sedan for a Trax SUV. In­stead, she left with the As­tra, swayed by the added safety fea­tures of blind-spot alert, lane-keep as­sist and for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing.

“I’m cart­ing a grand­son around now. I en­joy the ex­tra re­as­sur­ance of the safety fea­tures — it was cer­tainly a sell­ing point,” she says.

“I’ve al­ways had sedans. I like hav­ing the boot sep­a­rate, noth­ing clat­ter­ing around in the back.”

She says it is too early to rate the As­tra LT as a drive but her first im­pres­sions are pos­i­tive.

“The deal­ers were good and showed me all the fea­tures. Now it’s a case of get­ting used to all the but­tons.”

Her Holden sedan lin­eage in­cludes Com­modore, Cruze, pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion As­tra and Ba­rina. She con­sid­ered other brands but came back for the dealer ex­pe­ri­ence and fea­tures-for-money.

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