Road Tests

Star Quality for Saturn

Bill and Barbara Schaffer from Auto Digest take a look at the 2008 Saturn Astra in their most recent column published by the Journal Gazette. "The Astra is suddenly one of the best small cars on the market," wrote Bill. "If dealers can get customers to drive the Astra, I’m betting they will like it, I did. It's now on my list of favorite small cars."

Saturn Ion is Out, Saturn Astra is In

The Associated Press recently drove a 3-door 2008 Saturn Astra XR and thought it was a competitive entry in the small car market. "The 2008 Saturn Astra is a compact car with decent fuel economy, attractive styling and, of all things, a European flair," wrote the AP.

2008 Saturn Astra 3-Door XR Reviewed

Mike Hanley from recently test drove a 2008 Saturn Astra XR and reported that the "hatchback delivers a distinctly European driving experience." He loved the slick styling of the 3-door, but thought Saturn should offer a more powerful engine option. "Something so sporty-looking deserves a more entertaining engine," he wrote.

Green Line Vue Hybrid Uses Less Fuel with Engine/Hybrid Combo

2008 Saturn Vue Green Line Hybrid

Dan Lyons from the San Fransisco Chronicle liked the Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid's available features, space, and EPA rated fuel efficiency. "A combined average of 28 mpg sounds worthy of a compact car," he wrote in his review. "In a highly versatile body style like a crossover, those numbers are doubly good."

Little Bulldog is Easy on Gas

David Booth from the National Post newspaper writes about how the most unique thing about the 2008 Vue Green Line is that it gets the "best highway fuel economy rating of any SUV offered in Canada." In addition, "the Vue is quite a looker."

Compact Hatch Has a Bright Future

Clare Dear from the Canwest News Service really appreciated the Saturn Astra XE's ability to handle everyday chores with aplumb. The Astra us "well mannered just cruising the open road," she wrote. "Despite having to compete with some stiff crosswinds on one highway jaunt, the five-door, base-model XE tracked true, with little correction required as gusts blew across its path. Similarly, passing (or being passed) by big 18-wheelers failed to disturb the Astra."

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." Tests the 2008 Saturn VUE Green Line

Kelsey Mays recently drove the 2008 Saturn Vue hybrid and talked about how the Vue fits into GM's hybrid vehicle strategy. "The Vue is a test case for GM's two-tiered hybrid strategy — offering both mild and full hybrids, in this case within the same model line," wrote Mays.

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."

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