The Vauxhall Astra has been one of the most popular cars in the UK throughout its history. The extent of that history is open to question. The official launch date was 8 March 1980, but we believe there’s a strong case for saying that 2019, not 2020, is the Astra’s 40th anniversary year. That, at least, is our story and, as they say, we’re sticking to it.