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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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21 reader reviews for Vauxhall Astra Convertible.
  • 2.2i 16v 2dr

    Paul Bradford Date: 31/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Checked out the Saab, Volvo, BMW and Audi convertibles first, looking for a good 4 seater as we have 2 daughters, now 7 & 6. It had to be comfortable as we would be using it for long drives into France. Suprisingly, although they were bigger, the Saab and Volvo were not so comfortable in the rear. The BMW was comfortable. There wasn't an Audi available to try. My wife tested the 1.8. She was pleased, saying it reminded her of an XR2 in it's sporty feel. We thought about Vauxhall's offer of 0% over 4 years to get a new one. The sales guy suggested we look at a used one from their network, giving us some examples, but we missed those while thinking about it over the weekend. He found us another about 2 to 3 weeks later. Less than a year old, 8K. Top spec, leather, heated seats, cd multiplayer etc. £13200 over £10,000 less than a new one. We couldn't justify buying new and weren't prepared to pay even more for the competition. When it arrived, it was even more impressive. The drive is excellent with superb roadholding. We had it for 6 months before we realised that it also had cruise control! I was suprised that it didn't have SatNav as standard, but that's a minor gripe that doesn't detract from the overall experience of the car. There is plenty of room in the back for the kids in their carseats and also for me if I choose and I'm just under 6'. This is my wife's car, but I love getting the chance to drive it. We've moved to France now and use it here. Overall a splendid car.

  • 2.2i 16v Edition 100 2dr

    Paul Kettlewell , Lancashire . Date: 30/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Originally went down to the garage to look at a 1.6 which had already been sold so he took me over and showed me a super sexy 2.2i Bertone Edition with full Irmscher bodykit and alloys,inside more Irmscher touches,Gear knob & pedals.

    Interior: Lovely red leather heated seats with red leather trim on door panels. On board computer displaying estimated mileage left in tank.Plenty of room in fron and back for 4 adults.The only thing which lets the interior down is the dated looking dash.

    Driving: Even being a 2.2i it still feels underpowered & i would have liked it if 1st gear didnt reach high revs so soon.Basically what im saying is 2nd gear feels more like 1st gear on most cars.

    Drives really well once you get into 3rd and really picks up. Driving on motorway is nice and calm and the car leaves you feeling relaxed and in control at high speeds but its screaming out for a 6th gear.Handling is good and cornering id give 10/10. This car sticks and takes corners perfectly.

    Fuel consumption isnt that bad really...you would be surprised. I also have a MGzr 120 1.8i and you get roughly the same mpg out of both cars.

    Faults:.Within 2 weeks the roof had started making an annoying rattle. sometimes its there sometimes it goes. But beleive me whn it does start you wont be able to live with it. The windows also rattle when they are half way down and the centre console in the dash has now started.

  • 1.8i 16v 2dr

    Paul Jones , Wirral . Date: 06/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I purchased this car new in September 05 and have regretted the decision ever since.

    Quality : The car was delivered scratched which took 3 attempts to put right. Brakes - the car makes an awful noise from the brakes every time you start the engine and initially pull away. This fault was put down to the ABS unit which has now been replaced but the issue persists. Vauxhall now don't know what is causing the problem and have said it should be safe to drive and are unable to help any further.

    I would strongly recommend people reconsider the decision if they are about to purchase this vehicle and especially if they intend to use Lookers.

  • 1.8 16v Exclusiv 2dr

    paul mussett , Fife . Date: 17/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just taken delivery of the run-out Exclusiv model at a discounted £12,995 brand new (was £16,995) before the new version with its metal folding roof model arrives.

    In terms of value for money, I think this is exceptional. The car is based on the 1.8 16v two-door model but features £950 worth of extra equipment (including 17-inch alloy wheels, part leather and cruise control).

    This model came with metallic paint and a blue hood. It looks as smart as the Saab 9-3 and has decent boot space. I'm running it in at present.

    I would recommend you hunt one down before they all go!

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