I have just bought the GTC model of the astra and absolutely love it. It has both great performance and comfort. The sleak design of the body is amazing, it is a sporty car at an affordable price.
The fuel consumption isnt as bad as i thaught, with it having turbo either, me personaly am only spending 30 pound a week on petrol and i do drive around alot.
The only downside i can find is that i am a realy big fan of diesel engines but that is only available in a 1.7 and above and with being a young lad the insurance companies wouldnt be so kind to give me a cheap offer.
It comes with a beautiful set of 18 inch alloys, which finish the car of perfectly.
I love my GTC to bits from its leather seats, air con, great cd/mp3 player, i would definately reccomend it.
If you're looking for a family size car that is reasonably cheap on petrol then this car is good for you. I owned this model for 5 years and it was always reliable and it never broke down. Servicing the vehicle was also good due to the parts being cheaper than some other manufacturers. The only complaint I had was with the hand brake as during extremely cold weather (-10C) it seemed to freeze slightly and was stiff to take off first thing on start up. The model prefers hot weather and with AC it was very comfortable driving around the continent, again with a smaller engine size petrol seemed to go that bit further. Cruising at 70 or 80 mph was fine and comfortable on faster roads and the tyres are quite wide for secure handling but you will notice the lack of power when trying to over take. The car is roomy and the boot is sufficient for most family needs, especially when the back seat can split. The CD entertainment system was good with quadraphonic speakers and EQ I enjoyed some good listening.
I must confess to linking this Astra revision as it was leaps and bounds better than the previous generation. I picked up my new car shortly after they were launched. My first impressions were that it was a nice shape. The 15 inch wheels looked a little small and was surprised that the 1.6 8v had 16 inch wheels but less power! The interior, whilst a little basic, was a pleasant place to be and the dash with the center digital console was easy to use.
The driving experience was pretty good. The car was good around corners and the ride wasn't overly firm. The seats however where very firm and I found that my bottom was numb on most long journeys. Apparantly the seats in Vauxhall cars are heavily influenced by the German market and that is what the German posterior prefers!
It was clear that various cost cutting exercises had been implemented in this car. The back of the rear seat for example was just foam and when folded down looked really cheap.
Overall I did over 50k miles in 2 years and was sorry to see it go. The car never missed a beat and the servicing and insurance (group 5) was easy on the wallet.
This car would make a good second hand buy.