The Astra delivers value from the outset by being a bit cheaper and noticeably better equipped, on both the safety and convenience/luxury fronts. It feels more spacious and does in fact have more room inside, front and back. Its cabin also benefits from being the newer design. The Astra is quicker, without being unduly thirstier, and handles with a sportier slant. VERDICT The Golf, meanwhile, is more flexible than fast, and favours ride comfort over carving, but certainly is not without sporting appeal. The Golf needs a service every 12 months, the Holden a more frequent (and less convenient) nine months. The Golf, as a model line, has been hard to topple in recent years. But in this spec, the Astra shoots to the top of the class.