2005 Opel Astra SXi 5 door 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland
Very good car, the germans know what they're doing
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.
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.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd February, 2010