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2008 Saturn Astra
2008 Saturn Astra
Available Price Range $3,230-$8,666 Trims3 Combined MPG 28 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Saturn Astra

Our Take

The Saturn Astra replaces the Ion compact sedan and coupe, which didn't enjoy nearly the success of the earlier small models on which the "different kind of car company" is based. The Astra is an experiment of sorts — an unapologetic rebadging of a car sold overseas, the Opel Astra. By... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Rough ride at times
  • Automatic transmission performance
  • Very firm sport seats (two-door XR)
  • Quirky controls
  • Four-door looks peculiar

Notable Features

  • Based on European Opel Astra
  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • 138-hp four-cylinder
  • Distinctive styling between body styles
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Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

I had read great reviews of Astra, which is essentially the same car being sold by GM to Europeans as the Opel Astra, or in Great Britain, the Vauxhall Astra. Designed in Germany and built in Belgium, Astra sounded like a hot little hatchback."A taut, European-bred suspension that delivers a sharp, responsive driving experience," Saturn's publicity reads. Car reviewers from other publicati... Read full review for the 2008 Saturn Astra

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Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 34 reviews

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A "rare" car

by Tom from Ingleside, TX on December 21, 2009

I've had my Astra since July 2008, and have put about 27,000 miles on it since then. It is as rare as a Ferrari where I live, I've only seen 3 others on the road. Like all the reviewers have said, it ... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Finance

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Asking Price Range
$15,875 - $18,375
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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saturn Astra XE

Head Restraints and Seats
A
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
M

IIHS Ratings

Based on Saturn Astra XE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
A
Overall Rear
A
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
A
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
A
Overall Side
M
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
A
Rear Passenger Torso
P
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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