2005 Opel Astra Review from UK and Ireland

2005 Opel Astra SXi 5 door 1.4 16v

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.4 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 kilometres
Most recent distance61000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen Saxo

Summary:

Very good car, the germans know what they're doing

Faults:

When I got it first, the windscreen was fogging up badly when it rained etc. Garage changed the pollen filter and it has been grand since.

Poor radio reception. Garage couldn't resolve the problem, just one of those things I guess.

General Comments:

I gave the car 8/10 for performance, because having read other reviews most of them say this car is underpowered etc. I totally disagree. The engine is a 1.4 16v and has 90bhp, for a 1.4 it really has some poke. 1st gear is short and doesn't like to be over revved, but 2nd and 3rd are nice and 4th gear acceleration is nice! 5th gear motorway cruising is good. I find that up to about 120km/h @ 3500 revs is noisy, however when ya push it up past 4000 the engine gets noticeably quieter and much more comfortable.

Obviously the people who say the 1.4 is slow are used to bigger engines, don't let them fool you. It is more than adequate, and economy is good, average about 42.5 MPG over mixed roads.

I have the 5 door SXI version which as far as I know, has slightly stiffer suspension than the club etc. It also runs on 205 R16 continental tyres, which probably don't help for bumpy roads. However, on the upshot, it handles VERY well. All in all a very solid and safe car. The brakes are very good.

Build quality is fantastic.

Great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd February, 2010

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 1 review