2003 Vauxhall Astra Active 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Dull and odd
Not much has gone wrong - which is the only reason it's been kept.
This car is dull and odd. Hard suspension, very hard seats, great on a sports car... but a sports car this ain't.
Strange, very long travel clutch, yet with an on off action. A weird, kinda choked off engine, which feels as if it's been limited. Gutless - don't try any B road overtaking jaunts. Cheap interior, poor rear vision, dull.
These odd cars have nothing apart from cheapness and relative reliability to recommend them. Modern diesels are quicker and more refined. Vauxhall in the '80s made unpretentious but fun cars like the Nova and Mk 1/2 Astra, but these are dire. Buy a Skoda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st July, 2012