Review of the 2008 Saturn Astra 5-door XR (Visit this link)
Saturn has always been the GM division that's different. From the beginning, it disassociated itself from GM and went through its early life as almost a separate company. You can do that with GM behind you. Now, however, the division is a true GM division with all the good and bad that entails. Saturn has developed its own cars on non-common GM platforms. It has shared platforms for some vehicles. And it the case of the Astra, it has "raided" GM of Europe for its vehicles. The Astra, which replaces the Ion in Saturn's lineup, is built in Antwerp, Belgium. The car that has sprouted out of this marriage of sorts is a worthy competitor in the newly burgeoning hatchback segment. It is a vehicle that can compete on equal terms with the VW Rabbit, Mazda3 and Honda Civic.