Editor's Notebook: 2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door

Read Automobile magazine's David Yochum's comments on driving the 2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door: I've heard all the warnings about the Astra's European interior labels, the weird center door-unlock button, and the extremely weak engine. But you know what? It also comes with its own cachet.

Stepping into the two-door Astra feels like an entirely new GM experience (which it is). Forget Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac/Toyota Vibes, everything you touch is of solid, German build quality. Push and pull the door handle - nothing moves. Press on the center stack - not a sound. I ran this thing through potholes all weekend and not a single peep of a rattle. Yes, the controls can take some getting used to, but I actually appreciated having to learn something different in a car. It keeps you fresh, and gives you a different perspective.

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