I love my manual 2006 Astra petrol wagon!
It has a classy solid feel inside and out. The interior is well made and hard wearing. With a longer wheelbase than the hatch, it has good rear seat room, and a very practical load area. Takes the pram and still room for more stuff. Its a great sized wagon.
It is fun to drive. An easy 5 speed manual gearchange, and a 1.8 petrol engine that you don’t have to rev too hard to get moving.
It is easy to park, with great visibility. Also handles well, and excellent on the highway, with suspension well tuned for Australia’s rough roads.
It is economical, and reliable. Servicing has not been expensive, being a popular European car with a Holden badge and parts network makes it easy to look after.
They are a bargain on the used market, can be had for about $11k.
I recommend finding a good one with service history.