(4.7) 39 reviews
MSRP: $3,047$8,311
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 28
Engine: 138-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2008 Saturn Astra

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

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.