The 'Delightful' Saturn Astra

The folks at MarketWatch.com just got finished taking the 2008 Saturn Astra for a spin, calling it "one of the best gas sippers" they've driven. Check out their review.

Our Black Sapphire/Charcoal top of the line XR was well built, fun to drive and economical. Judging from our rather emphatic e-mails of late, this is just the car many people say they are looking for. At 170.5 inches long, the Astra is shorter than one of our favorite compacts, the Honda Civic, but longer than another fav, the VW Rabbit. It comes in three-door and five-door models. The five-door is available in the base XE and jazzier XR models, while the three-door settles for just the XR treatment. One thing that we felt was the car's strong suit was the interior. Beautifully put together with a nice combination of soft touch materials and other upscale stuff, it was well above what one would expect in the Astra's price range.

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