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Vauxhall Astra Envoy 1.4i 16v 5-door Hatchback

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      03.01.2010 02:11

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      Reliable car for young family but lacking space and comfort

      This is a Reliable car. Cruises nicely on long journeys and gives a smooth ride over the road, although I find it a little uncomfortable to sit in for a long time. There is a need to stretch your legs every couple of hours or so and can be painful on your lower back. It is Spacious in the front but a little bit tight in the back. You would struggle to fit three adults in the back. The boot is quite large and could fit numerous suitcases in if travelling on holiday. I have had this car for a few years now and has only had two minor problems with reliability. Starts first time, every time. In summary I would say a very suitable car for a young family with small children but as soon as they reach teenage years aand get bigger then you will need something more spacious.

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      23.06.2000 04:44
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      Good sturdy car. A bit small as a family car though. I have two small children who sit in the back, and there is not really enough leg room , which means the back of the front seats are always dirty from wet or muddy feet. Suitable for just 4 people(inc driver) in my opinion. The armrest in the middle of the back seat pulls down to reveal a door into the boot, which is a great idea, it is used so much I wonder how I ever managed without it in my last car. There are 3 full seat belts in the back, which I prefer to the usual lap belt in the middle. The Automatic gears are far better than in my previous Ford (P reg) You can hardly notice gear change. I like the idea that when stopping(eg. at Lights) taking the foot off the brake does not make the car creep, it will stay stood still until acceleration... this is a good safety feature. The Radio though gets the thumbs down, I am not stupid, but it makes me feel like I am, maybe it`s just me but I can never easily change station...it`s alwayws trial & error what I`ll find. I have read the handbook, fine, sounds easy, but never is in practice. The petrol cap took some getting used to, I`d put the key in and couldn`t get it to unlock, it would just turn & turn, I`m used to it now. If I could change something it would be that the boot automatically was locked on closing...I keep leaving it unlocked. My prevoius car boot was simpler, just shut it & it`s locked. It is a good road holder especially in the rain, the blowers are excellent at clearing the windscreen quickly, the rear demister clears quick too. It has 2 front airbags. Roomy glove compartment. The light interior stains very easily though...I`ll have to get covers. I have found it uses more petrol than my previous Escort. And unlike my old car, when the petrol gauge reaches the red it means it! I`ve twice got in the car to go & get petrol, to find it won`t
      start...empty! Now I am aware of this I make sure I stay topped up.

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