A strange thing happened when buying my wife a Corsa at a Vauxhall dealer a couple of months ago. After visting the cashpoint to take a deposit back to the dealer, we pulled into the car park and there she was... no not the wife but a very well specified 2.0 litre turbo with a body kit and Irmscher extras.
It had leather and colour co-ordinated trim. Well, after the look she gave me, I knew I had to have her. We put moving house on hold and I used our savings to make sure she now sits outside my house.
The looks I recieve when cruising around the town are extraordinary, and is something I never experienced before.
Performance-wise, the mid-range power, especially when in third gear, is astonishing - and many sporty cars are left looking at my rear bumper from a considrable distance.
I would say, if you are considering purchasing this car, do it. I have owned several cars and my wife is long suffering with my being a bit of a petrol head. Even she loves sitting in the passenger seat with the wind in her her on a beatifull day.
Having done a lot of research on the four-seater convertibles on the market, I have just brought a 1.8i Exclusiv.
The cabin space is excellent and since purchasing the car I have regularly had passengers (some over 6ft tall) that have sat comfortably in the back seats, roof up and down.
The only slight down side with the cabin is storage, but I can live with it.
Compared to the new Renault Megane Coupe Convertible and the 307 CC Peugeot the boot space on the Astra is second to none and hardly any room is lost when the roof is folded down.
I am surprised how quiet the car is especially with the roof up and have found the car to be responsive and holds the road well.
So far the car is brilliant, fun to drive and a proper convertible (unlike these new metal roofed imposters!!).
I took this car (1.8-litre) out on test drive for four days.
The ride was smooth and composed, and there are four usable seats. There is zero buffeting in the front seats with the roof down (and side windows raised) although occupants in the rear suufer a bit with the wind at speeds above 50mph.
With the roof raised, rear visability is poor. (The rear parking sensors are recommended).
Apart from this, the Astra with the roof raised is very refined and quiet like a luxury saloon. Occupants will hardly know they are in a soft top. There is plenty of room in the cabin also.
Outside the car is extremely stylish, with design touches from Bertone here and there. Optional 17- and 18-inch wheels set the car apart. The car just looks like its top prestige rivals BMW, Audi and Mercedes. There is little to separate them.
This car is so much better than the hard-top Renault and Peugeot convertibles because they suffer from 'big bum syndrome'. The sleek Astra has nicer lines than any four-seat hard-top convertible.
Overall, you can't go wrong with this car, whichever you choose (although I recommend 1.8 upwards as the 1.6 can be underpowered for such a heavy car). This is the best value cabriolet on the market today.
The Astra convertible is very well engineered, with a hood mechanism that match if not beat BMW, Mercedes & Audi. However you can not get away from its humble beginnings with an average feel to the dash board and general construction, with some of the panel gaps being inconsistent or large.
The handling is so so not helped by what feels like an oversized steering wheel and the seats are uncomfortable on long journeys. The ride however is very good. The performance from the 1.8 litre engine is strong, especially in mid range & proves to be fairly economical, as does the servicing costs.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!