While overall material quality and detailing is pretty good, the European controls and interfaces won't be familiar to most U. In addition, the Astra gets standard features omitted from competitors, such as steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and express-up power windows at all four outboard seats. Even though the suspension communicates every bump and hole in the road to the cabin, the Astra didn't suffer from any squeaks or rat. Owners may contact Saab customer service at 1-800-955-9007 or Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. A softer setup would likely be preferable for many drivers, even if it gave up some handling prowess.
Car is solid which provides a level of confidence in safety. All models convey the Astra's sporting character through firm, well-supported seats and a thick, three-spoke steering wheel with rake and telescopic adjustments. That distinctly European exterior styling on the 2008 Saturn Astra is generally well received in reviews read by TheCarConnection. However, if you're more interested in curb appeal than performance and can overlook its curious controls, you should add the two-door Astra to your consideration list. Similarly, the collapsible foot pedals move during a crash to reduce the risk of leg or ankle injuries. It's a very solid car in every way.
After fiddling with the controls awhile you get the hang of most of them, though. A number of buttons include symbols that, even after looking at them for a few minutes, aren't understandable. Ditto for the automatic, though four-speeds still haunt most cars in this class. But General Motors wants Saturns to be more than that. Active head restraints and collapsible pedals: Standard active head restraints instantly move forward if a rear-end crash is detected, reducing the risk of neck injuries. A drop down menu will appear. Proportions on both body styles suggest an enthusiastic driving experience, with the wheels pushed to the corners and subtle fender flares wrapped tightly around the tires for a tailored stance.
The Saturn Astra features welcoming seats for all five passengers. Unfortunately, the very firm suspension means occupants are subject to a jarring ride on rough roads that's quite tiring. Folding the rear backrests opens up 37. The car has a very solid feel to it on the whole, which bolsters its credibility as a premium offering in the hatchback segment. In terms of utility, the two-door Astra offers 12 cubic feet of cargo space behind the split-folding backseat. With a well-damped ride and adept braking, the 2008 Saturn Astra is tuned with a European compact feel. The space is pretty sizable considering the hatchback's low roof and sporty shape.
The car is very quiet and gets slightly noisy only at speeds above 65mph but nothing unbearable, really. And free is good, right? We notice you're using an ad blocker. While occasionally underpowered, the Saturn Astra's four-cylinder powerplant holds up well around town. All the safety plus some that were common in 2008. It is packed with a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, and delivers sporty performance with very good fuel economy.
Leather-upholstered seats are included in the optional Premium Trim package, which also includes a leather-covered steering wheel. Show full review Saturn's new Astra hatchback delivers a distinctly European driving experience. . This, combined with the coupe's long side doors, makes the car look longer and less boxy, even though the two- and four-doors are the same length. Another shortcoming of the two-door Astra's cabin is poor rear visibility that's compromised by a small rear window and rather large C-pillars. Enthusiasts will likely find that to be the most frustrating thing about this car: It can't deliver the exciting driving experience that its looks suggest.
The functional cockpit of the 2008 Saturn Astra will seem familiar to anyone who's driven an Opel Astra in Germany. A tepid seller at best, it drives, it's reliable, it's inexpensive-and it's utterly forgettable. Send Mike an Hide full review. With the 2008 Astra, Saturn has come up with a vehicle with ample front seat room and, in four-door versions, a usefully flexible cargo area. It's almost identical--and it's a cooler, more Spartan treatment than most Japanese and American compacts, but still attractive and made of high-quality materials.
Also standard is an automatic passenger sensing system for the front passenger seat; it suppresses the activation of the passenger-side frontal air bag if it detects a child or smaller-stature person in that seating position. For the 2008 Saturn Astra, Saturn has basically hijacked the Opel Astra from Europe and rebadged it for sale in America. The two-door's height is also a little shorter than the four-door's. The Astra's cabin is a bit of a mixed bag. Here's how to disable adblocking on our site. All Astras are powered by a 138-horsepower, 1.
Ahead of the steering wheel is a rounded cockpit binnacle that houses a large, three-dimensional gauge cluster - including large speedometer and tachometer dials. The nicely muted four-cylinder has only a little exhaust boom at higher speeds. Accordingly with the Astra, Saturn has left intact the smart European small-car styling. It provides the solid, linear feel of a hydraulic power steering system, but improves fuel efficiency by operating the power steering pump only when necessary. However, it still earns high marks when it comes to safety. A softer setup would likely be preferable for many drivers, even if it gave up some handling prowess. OnStar: Astra comes with the latest-generation OnStar system, including available Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
Power comes from a 1. It's made of very high-quality materials, i. The four-cylinder makes adequate power, but considering the two-door's sporty looks the modest power is a bit of a letdown; something so sporty-looking deserves a more entertaining engine. The standard powertrain combination in all models is the 1. StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control is standard on all three-door Astras, and available on five-door models. Ok gas mileage in town lots of hills where I live , better freeway gas mileage 33 mpg.