Product Type: Vauxhall cars
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A smooth drive, a great car
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SXi 5Dr
Member Name: northernlovely
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SXi 5Dr
Advantages: Good value
Disadvantages: No 'dip'!!!
I am generally more a passenger than a driver - my husband wanted the Astra (it's a 'man's Corsa', I'm reliably informed!) but I think it's important with any large purchase to make the decision together, so here's my 'passengers review' of the Astra.
We got the car for £7,999 from Motorpoint in Burnley which is a saving of over £6,000 on the list price. I think that it's a great deal - with 11,000 miles on the clock, as-new interior and exterior and brand new tyres, and only 12 months old (58 plate) it's a great bargain. It's a 5 door model, 'Breeze', 1.6l petrol with alloy wheels and metallic charcoal blue paint.
The interior is a soft brushed gold, and the seats are a dark charcoal grey. The interior moulded plastics are a similar grey and the wheel is a black leather. Overall it's very smart - the only slight lacking area is the absence of a 'dip' in the dashboard for the passenger to place their handbag/brolly/newspaper!
The front windows are electric and the back are wound, which is good if you have kids. The middle back seat has a full seatbelt rather than lap and is actually quite comfy (and if you've ever experienced more than a 5 minute drive in the middle back seat of a Corsa, this will be a welcome change!)
The control panel features an in car computer with a screen lit with an orange display. It displays speed, time of journey, temperature, time, date, fuel consumption and diagnostics.
The radio is a decent quality with a good EQ and decent speakers. The CD player plays MP3s and there is an audio jack next to the handbrake for attaching your ipod. The lighter port is in front of the handbrake so you don't have a cord stretching from your ipod to your TomTom/iphone etc.
Comfort wise the car is a very smooth drive indeed (hubby doesn't go crazy fast, but it's nice that 70 feels like 40/50 in this car). The diesel model felt a little punchier and jerkier but the petrol model is a much smoother acceleration - gear changes too are smooth and natural.
After owning a Peugeot 207 and 206, I am pleased to have moved over to Vauxhall and the Astra in particular as a passenger (and occasional driver!). I find the car very easy to drive, the fuel fairly economical (we get about 50mpg) and the overall feel very high standard, especially for the money. My advice is if you're looking for an all round family or larger car, buy a year-old Astra just after it's first service, you should get a great deal if you shop around and you won't be disappointed with the car at all.
Husband says: 9/10, wife agrees! :)
Summary: 9/10, love the car