2006 Vauxhall Astra SXi Sporthatch 1.6 twinport from UK and Ireland
Drives as good as it looks
Coil pack at 50,000 miles.
From the first moment you walk up to the car, you notice the beautiful lines of the car, the sporty stance, especially with the full exterior pack, which I have. The front and rear splitters, and the side skirts and spoilers, make all the difference. This carries on to the inside; from the second you sit on the sports seats that hold you firmly in place, you sit nice and low in the sport hatch, which just adds to the sporty feel. The steering wheel feels chunky in your hands, and the aluminium pedals are weighted brilliantly, and are perfectly placed for heel and toe changes.
The 1.6 Twinport engine moves the car well. Now being a 105 BHP engine, it isn't the fastest car in the world, but it is still quicker than the 1.6 Focus and Golf. It has DOHC, and to rev it up the rev range is to really drive it. It does respond well to being pushed, while also being brilliant and responsive at low town speeds.
Being the SXi edition, the set up is hard, which I love; it corners nice and level over all different kinds of road surfaces. It loves to be grabbed by the scruff of the neck and pushed into the bends; you can feel the front end diving into the corners through the brilliantly weighted steering.
The fit and finish of the interior is brilliant; no squeaks or rattles. The standard kit is very good; 8 airbags, air con, a fantastic 7 speaker sound system, one touch electronic stalks, and much much more.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th February, 2011