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2008 Saturn Astra - Road Test Specs

2008 Saturn Astra Hatchback

(1.8L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2008
StyleXR 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$18,375
Options on test vehicleAdvanced Audio Package ($695 -- includes seven-speaker premium sound system, six-CD changer with MP3 playback)
As-tested MSRP$20,910


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,796cc (110 cu-in)
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)138 @ 6,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)125 @ 3,800
Transmission type5-speed manual


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearTorsion beam
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelOptima H725A
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP225/45R17
Tire size, rearP225/45R17
Wheel size17 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph (sec.)8.9
0-75 mph (sec.)13.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.6 @ 83.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.5
@ Full throttle (dB)79.9
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)70.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsLame shifter makes banging off quick shifts tough and inconsistent. Hits 60 and finishes quarter-mile in 3rd gear. Long, tall gear spacing; makes obvious the fuel economy goals here.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsAverage pedal feel and response. Stopping distance nothing special.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsAnother fun-looking car that understeers its way to a decent skid pad number. Lots of body roll but even more stability in slalom. Easy to drive and fairly confident here, but not even close to fun.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)85.5
Wind (mph, direction)SE 1.6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)24 city/32 highway/27 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)22.28
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,807
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,801
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.1/38.9
Length (in.)170.5
Width (in.)69.0
Height (in.)55.8
Wheelbase (in.)102.9
Track, front (in.)58.6
Track, rear (in.)58.6
Turning circle (ft.)34.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.3
Legroom, rear (in.)35.0
Headroom, front (in.)37.8
Headroom, rear (in.)36.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)37.8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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