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Used 2008 Saturn Astra

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Combined Fuel Economy
27 MPG
Horsepower
138 HP
KBB Consumer Rating
4.7 
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Pros

If you're shopping for an affordable, fuel-efficient small car, but you also want something that's both fun to drive and style-conscious, the cute four-door and racy two-door Saturn Astra (each with a hatchback for enhanced versatility) are sure to please. You'll also appreciate Saturn's five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Cons

If little details, such as an auxiliary audio input jack for your iPod, satellite radio and more than one cup holder for front seat occupants are important, the Saturn Astra falls short. Horsepower junkies will find more to like in the Volkswagen Rabbit or Mazda MAZDA3.

What's New For 2008

Saturn earned its reputation building reliable, fun-to-drive small cars, but the company has not had a hit in the compact car arena in quite some time. If the Astra proves a success, it will not only re-establish the company's import-fighter credentials, it might also yield a whole new generation of repeat Saturn buyers.

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Used 2008 Saturn Astra Pricing

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Used 2008 Saturn Astra Expert Review

Once considered GM's best hope for fighting the Japanese small-car invasion, Saturn's cars have grown larger and more expensive while its customer base has grown older and more conservative. To get back in the groove, the company has borrowed a popular European brand to replace the aging and bland Ion. The 2008 Saturn Astra may be new to us, but this version has been a hot seller in Europe for over four years. Saturn hopes the reasonably-priced Astra will once again put it on the shopping list of today's tech-savvy youth, evidenced by the car's very own page on the popular Facebook networking site.

Driving the Used 2008 Saturn Astra

As one would expect of a European transplant, the Astra's steering is firm with good on-center feel and the handling is sporty with excellent stability. Equipped with 18-inch wheels, 14:1 close-ratio power steering and sport suspension, this is especially true of the two-door model. Despite having a big wheel-and-tire package, the Astra returns a pretty smooth ride with very little road noise intruding into the passenger cabin. The 1.8-liter engine is a bit buzzy when pressed hard, but this is true of most small four-cylinder engines; it needs to be revved high to make the most of its power, but overall it's a good fit for this car. We found the five-speed manual easy to operate, with very little play between the gears. The optional four-speed automatic is not as much fun to drive as the five-speed manual and, as most Astras will probably feature the automatic, we wish Saturn had equipped it with some type of manual-shift mode.

Favorite Features

Dual-Panel Sunroof
The huge dual-panel sunroof (four-door only) covers nearly the entire passenger compartment and features a power-operated sunshade.

Sport Seats
Available only on the Astra two-door, the additional bolstering and long bottom cushion offer great support during sporting drives.

Used 2008 Saturn Astra Interior

The Astra interior is a mixed bag. On the positive side, the quality of the materials is first-rate, seating is comfortable and supportive and interior noise levels are surprisingly low, even at highway speeds. Four-door models offer good rear seat legroom, although with significantly less cargo space than the VW Rabbit. Standard on all models are six airbags, including seat-mounted side-impact protection and full-length side-curtain airbags. Although Saturn did its best to "Americanize" the Astra, noticeable shortcomings, such as the sole front seat cup holder awkwardly positioned behind the parking brake (there are two additional pop-out holders beneath the rear seat bench), no center console storage bin or armrest and the lack of an auxiliary audio input jack, satellite radio option or Bluetooth connectivity, don't mesh with the segment leaders.

Used 2008 Saturn Astra Exterior

There's a definite solidity to the Astra that's immediately apparent. The car looks substantial from all sides, bolstered by big wheels and tires, a high beltline and a wide stance. Four-door models offer an optional dual-panel sunroof, while the racy two-door can be outfitted with aggressive 18-inch wheels. The clever rear wiper automatically initiates one cycle when the front wipers are first activated. A large hatch opening makes loading bulky cargo a breeze, although awkwardly placed tether hooks on the seatbacks could possibly harm delicate items.

Used 2008 Saturn Astra Standard Features

The well-equipped Astra XE four-door includes express-down power windows, rain-sensing wipers, power locks, rear wiper/washer, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, AM/FM stereo with CD, 16-inch wheels with full covers, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) and OnStar. The XR adds 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, upgraded audio with MP3-encoded CD capability, variable-effort power steering and air conditioning. The XR two-door receives 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, height-adjustable sport seats with manual driver's-side lumbar support and quick-ratio power steering.

Used 2008 Saturn Astra Options

Options for the four-door model include a four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning (XE), a dual-panel sunroof with power sunshade, upgraded seven-speaker MP3-capable audio, 16-inch alloy wheels (XE), heated cloth seats and StabiliTrak stability and traction control. The XR two- and four-door models offer heated leather seating with manual driver's lumbar support and the seven-speaker upgraded audio unit, while the XR four-door can be outfitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and the two-door can have 18-inchers.

Used 2008 Saturn Astra Engine

The 2008 Astra has a 1.8-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine. With only 138-horsepower on tap, performance can best be described as average. The engine exhibits a bit more vibration than the class-leader Honda Civic and the four-speed automatic saps some of the fun from the drive. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is this powerplant's strong suit, beating the more powerful VW Rabbit and Mazda MAZDA3 in both city and highway estimates.

1.8-liter in-line four
138 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
125 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/30 (automatic), 24/32 (manual)

How Much Does the Used 2008 Saturn Astra Cost?

The 2008 Saturn Astra XE's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $16,000, while the XR four-door starts closer to $17,500. That's less than a comparably-equipped Mazda MAZDA3 Sport four-door, which doesn't offer heated side mirrors, but a bit more than the two-door Volkswagen Rabbit, which includes air conditioning, auxiliary audio input jack and traction control as standard equipment. The sporty XR two-door starts around $18,500 and, with all options, tops out just over $20,000; the automatic transmission adds about $1,300 to each model. Before you set out to purchase your Astra be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price paid in your area. Although resale values were not available at the time of this review, Kelley Blue Book expects the Astra to do well in the resale market, certainly better than the Ion it replaces.

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Used 2008 Saturn Astra Consumer Reviews

4.7 

Overall Rating

5 star

81%

4 star

13%

3 star

4%

2 star

1%

1 star

1%

Value
4.7 
Performance
4.8 
Quality
4.8 
Comfort
4.7 
Reliability
4.8 
Styling
4.8 

Boomer
11/23/2017
2008 Saturn Astra

"Reliable, fun to drive, XR 2 Dr still Stylish"

I bought this vehicle new and have had virtually no problems, doing only routine maintenance, oil chg, batteries, rear brakes etc. Amazingly after 88k it still has the original factory front brakes. Fun to drive, handles as well as my BMW 3 series but without the power ( or cost). The manual stick shifts well and makes it a blast to drive on twisty roads. Hatch is practical for large articles. Good MPG too. People still tell me 10 years later, thats a sharp looking car, what is it.
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Boomer
02/23/2017
2008 Saturn Astra

"The 2 door XR handles like an early 2000 BMW 325"

Ive owned this vehicle since it was new and it has been extremely reliable through 85K. It still looks almost new, with the metallic black paint holding up extremely well. Besides the mileage, the best part of the vehicle is the handling on a back country road. The 4 wheel disc brakes & ABS stop the car on a dime. Incredibly, the original brake discs are still on the front and the rear needed changing only recently. Handles like a small Bimmer just without the power. The 5 speed manual gives it a sporty feel. The interior materials are of high quality and have held up well. The Saturn Astra is actually a German designed Opel Astra whose looks have held up over time. If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet a bit quirky but sporty attractive vehicle, consider the XR Hatchback.Read less
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JenniM
10/02/2016
2008 Saturn Astra

"Not My Favorite"

Great features. Great drving in clear weather.
Only made for 1 or 2 years so kinks not worked out
I have had nothing but problem from the day I bought this car 2 years ago. I have put several thousand dollars in it as yet. Coil pack, exhaust issues, multiple sensors. Terrible in snow without snow tires and even then, not great.Driving is incredible in clear weather. Handles turns like no other car. Lots of bells and whistles. Not sure if this is standard but mine has panoramic sunroof, 6-disc CD changer, heated mirrors, rain-sense wipers, heated seats.
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liz
05/30/2016
2008 Saturn Astra

"a very good car for short and long runs."

overall this car is a good vehicle for short and long hauls and now for every day commutes.Had some minor repairs and maintenance done that are typical for this vehicle.
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anonymous
02/28/2016
2008 Saturn Astra

"My snappy, little red saturn. Great car!"

Great handling and smooth ride
Difficulty in getting parts
This is by far my favorite Saturn having had three others. The car is 8 years old and still gets 34 miles per gallon. Some difficulty in getting replacement parts these past couple of years but otherwise the car is a pleasure to drive - and I am a women who thoroughly enjoys a 5-speed transmission. It is too bad the American public is fixated on SUVs.
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2008 Saturn Astra Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Telematics / Communication Brand - OnStar
  • Telematics / Communication Systems

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Player

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 24 mpg
  • EPA Class - Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 32 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 27 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 138 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6300 rpm
  • Torque - 125 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 3800 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P205/55R16
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Alloy
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - 100000 miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 6 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 100000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 100000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 5 years

Mechanical

  • Alternator Amps - 66 amps
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - F&R Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Transmission Type - Manual
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.8 liter
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 5 speed
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2778 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity - 12.0 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.9 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 38.3 inches
  • Height - 57.4 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 42.0 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 35.3 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Overall Length - 170.5 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 53.9 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 52.8 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 12.2 cubic feet
  • Wheel Base - 102.9 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 80.0 inches
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2008 Saturn Astra Safety

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2008 Saturn Astra Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency & Security Services
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag

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2008 Saturn Astra Rankings

Horsepower
138 HP
MPG Combined
27 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
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2008 Saturn Astra
138 HP

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