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We tested the Astra XE four-door hatchback. Until Sky came along, Saturn hadn't been blessed with much styling imagination. The Astra that replaces Ion benefits from the attention to fashion that started with Sky and carried into Aura, Vue and Outlook. The wide-bar chrome grille common in all Saturns graces the Astra nose as well. Cabin noise, which seemed a part of Saturn DNA, is noticeable by its absence. The rear cargo hold is very large. A parcel shelf hides whatever you store there from onlookers. Rear seat backs fold to expand cargo space, but not flat so it creates a bit of a balancing act. Nice touches include automatics that shift into neutral at stops to save fuel and eliminate the typical "crawl" while waiting at the light, cell phone/iPod holder in the center console, easy to reach door lock/unlock controls in the center dash and a power plug in the center console.

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