Edmunds: Saturn Astra Selected by Consumers as the Best "Coupe Under $25k"

Edmunds 'Consumer Top Rated' Award

Earlier this week, announced the winners of the first Edmunds Consumers' Top Rated vehicle awards. The website asked consumers to rate vehicles in eight different categories: performance, comfort, fuel economy, fun to drive, interior design, exterior design, build quality and reliability.

Saturn's Perky Performer

Michael Banovsky from the Metro Toronto drove the '08 Astra and predicted that it "should make a big impact in Canada." In addition, he advised that "those shopping for a small car should immediately take a look at the Astra. As it stands now, the Astra is a great car and hangs with the class leaders as the final chapter in Saturn's product renaissance."

Video: Saturn Astra Brings European Handling, Styling to North America

Styling is one of the biggest draws to the '08 Saturn Astra, says reviewer Peter Bohr. "The Astra's chic, European good looks will move the cars off Saturn dealers' lots. If the Astra is Jessica Alba, most of its Japanese competitors are Ugly Bettys."

Review of the 2008 Saturn Astra 5-door XR

2008 Saturn Astra Road Test Photos

John Heilig from The Auto Page loved the details surrounding the 2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-door that he drove. "You recognize its European heritage with the 'switchblade' key that looks as if it came form the Audi/VW parts bin," he wrote. "The Astra has projector beam headlights nestled in plastic-covered nacelles. They consist of three units on each side and they're very impressive in a small car. It's what you'd expect in a high-end mid-size for example."

Saturn's Astra Hatchback Out of this World

Mark Savage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently drove a 5-door Saturn Astra XE with a 5-speed manual transmission. "Even revving this up a bit from time to time in my test drive," wrote Savage, "I managed 31.9 mpg in about a 50/50 split of city and highway driving."

Nimble Astra Adds to Saturn's European Flair

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door

Bob Kehoe from The Oregonian newspaper enjoyed driving the 2008 Saturn Astra during his test drive. "Using the 5-speed gearbox," he wrote, "the test car was surprisingly energetic in midrange acceleration and passing situations. Gear changes come smoothly, though the shift linkage could have a more positive feel."

2008 Saturn XR 5-door Hatchback

2008 Saturn Astra XR 5-Door Headlamp

CarDomain reviewed the new Astra and talked about how the Saturn and Opel brands are teaming together to develop and share new models. One of the fruits of this collaboration, writes the website, "is a C-segment car that has far more in common with a Volkswagen Rabbit than a Chevy Cobalt. It's a handsome design that bristles with German sensibilities."

Video: 2008 Astra Quick Drive's Mike Hanley walks you through the 2008 Saturn Astra 3-door XR. Overall, he said the Astra has "a very sleek look that gives the Volvo C30 – another intriguingly designed hatchback – a run for its money."

Video: MyRide Drives the Saturn Astra

After driving the Astra, said the new car was "so much better in every respect than the Saturn model it replaces that we've forgotten the earlier compact's name."

Saturn Astra XR 5-Door Reviewed

Astra Instrument Panel

The Texas Tribune recently drove an '08 Saturn Astra 5-Door XR and especially liked its styling and high-grade materials. "I think the car looks great," wrote reviewer Wilson Calvert. "I love the pseudo-projector housing headlights, and the body lines are great, especially on the coupe. The leather was of surprisingly good quality, and I would recommend the premium interior package."

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