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I recently bought this car and it is certainly a winner in my view.
I previously owned a VW Golf, 1.9 TDI, and was tempted to by another one because it was a good motor. I was recomended an Astra and thought I may as well test drive it, what harm was there. I booked a drive and was instantly impressed. I not only found that this car handled just as well as the golf but also matched its performance (in terms of handling and response).
I recently changed jobs and needed a newer car and being on a budget I knew that if I was to buy another Golf it would be older and I just wanted the reliability of a warranty. Just something to stop me worrying should something go wrong.
The Astra Design has the added benefit is more luxurious than the standard spec Golf, or equivalent class of vehicle. The design comes with half leather, sports chassis, full electric windows, light sensitive rear view mirror and headlights. I would, without any doubt say to anyone, If you are after a car, doing high mileage, and dont want to spend stupid amounts then buy this. Its fantastic.
I do over 500 miles per week, and unless you contstantly put your foot down, you get great MPG. Its tax is low and insurance group even more so. This great spec motor does not look out of place for the not so budget wise either.
The interior is well layed out and certainly better than any other vehicle I have seen in its class and budget. Its not the most spacious, but being 6ft 3" I would say that about most. You gain nor lose on space with any vehicle in this class but there is definately an improvement to the interior and exterior over earlier models.