It's a brilliant car, the only problem is the engine has not got much pick up but that is because it is only an 8 valve. I have been in a 16 valve Astra and that was pretty nippy.
I love the way the car looks from the front in the sun and the back.
We had extra safety features put on our car, they were side airbags and ABS and that was quite cheap.
I think the Astra rival, the Ford Focus looks like a load of crap, especially at the back.
One more thing, the Astra's steering is one of the best things about the car. You get good feedback and it's weighted out very well.
IT'S A BRILLIANT CAR.