2003 Vauxhall Astra SX i 1.6 from UK and Ireland
Very nippy for engine size and price. Handling beats most rivals, but should have more toys
Fuel gauge started to stick after 5000 miles - new instrument panel fitted at 1st service.
Mysterious white powder started to appear on drivers side door near handle every other day. Dealer polished the trim at 1st service and powder so far has'nt come back.
This car is very quick for a 1.6 (K&N Filter makes a massive difference) as well as the Irmscher Double Exhaust and Spoiler.
Corners beautifully due to sports suspension, although Pirelli P6000's are getting ready for a change soon!
Plain (or dull as most say) but hard wearing interior.
Sxi Package is quite good - electric windows, remote central locking, power steering bla bla bla, but would be nice to have ABS as standard, although the brakes are well balanced and firm.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2004
30th Oct 2005, 02:02
Hey folks, I got me an Astra 1600 SXI 8 months ago; it's my first car and I love it. Not so great with a couple of people in, but fantastic with just yourself. It really surprised me how well it corners; far better than other cars I've driven (Prelude, Clio and 206), no roll at all, and slides very well. Nippy too, and also has a very good driving position.