2003 Holden Astra SRi 2.2 from Australia and New Zealand
Great all-round car, good for the city and for highway cruising
A fantastic car. Handles beautifully, engine is powerful enough to get 4 adults uphill easily (with an automatic).
It's also a surprisingly comfortable cruiser - I can easily handle a solo 600km trip in a day (thanks also to cruise control). Also very economical on longer runs (cruises at 2,500rpm at 100km/h), using c. 7.3litres premium unleaded/100km).
Downsides? I can only think of two:
- The sun visors are too small/short - no-one at Holden has worked out you need a visor that covers the entire length of your driver-side window (i.e. for protection from the Aussie sun).
- There is no cup-holder!
I've used this car for city driving and longer distance highways. The suspension would not be suited to uneven or unsealed roads.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th December, 2008
20th Apr 2012, 03:06
The TS Series Astra (1998-2005) features 7 cup holders, including:
4x door mounted can or small cup holders.
2x glovebox lid mounted cup holders (not for use while driving).
1x centre cup holder for larger sized bottles.
2nd Apr 2013, 19:12
The SRi is a 3 door, not 5 door. The doors can hold a can, but not a cup - so I don't count those. Yes, there is a "square" space for a cup/bottle behind the handbrake (i.e. between the seats, which means twisting your arm backwards), but this isn't particularly easy to access and it isn't designed specifically as a cup holder. Plus there's only one space, so either the driver or passenger loses out.
I should have added how practical it is at carrying small loads through the split seats, and also the "ski pole" for longer items.
It's still a fantastic car - and running beautifully.