2000 Holden Astra CD 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A thoroughly engineered and developed package with no flaws of significance
Not a thing.
Hard to fault on a dollars-per-drive basis. Mine has travelled 55,000 km in 18 months and has never missed a beat. I regularly drive a mountainous road to the coast - brand new XR6 Falcons cannot keep pace through the bends, and the Astra can keep up with Lexus IS200's all the way. Very impressive for a car with no real sporting pretensions.
My only real complaint concerns the seats - they lack lumbar and lateral support, but are by no means uncomfortable. I also feel that the car is worthy of more than a Holden badge. This is nothing like a Commodore (in fact it runs all over them in the bends too...)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th January, 2002