2008 Saturn Astra

Overview

ASTRA is the latest entry in Saturn’s revitalized product portfolio. Engineered in the United States, Europe and Brazil, and built in Antwerp, Belgium, ASTRA is the result of the best design and engineering teams throughout the world, and it is poised to redefine the sport compact market. Available in 3-Door and 5-Door hatchback body styles, ASTRA not only brings a new body style to Saturn, but it also delivers a high fun-to-drive factor with outstanding driving dynamics. Also, ASTRA’s hatchback body style attracts import-oriented customers and provides a new way to attract lifetime customers to the Saturn brand.

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Top Ten Features

  • 1. Dynamic handling An independent front suspension combined with a torsion beam rear suspension provides outstanding agility, excellent cornering ability and a connected to- the-road feeling. Additionally, a sporttuned suspension is standard on 3-Door and available on 5-Door XR models.
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  • 2. Powerful, efficient engine Produces 138 hp and 125 lb.-ft. of torque along with very good fuel economy. Variable Valve Timing and dual-cam phasers help provide a broad, flat torque curve.
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  • 3. Advanced steering system ASTRA’s rackand- pinion steering system normally operates using electric power assist. The hydraulic pump operates only when necessary to enhance efficiency.
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  • 4. Outstanding style Features sporty styling cues with a long wheelbase, wide track, short overhangs and steeply raked windshield and roofline. 3-Door and 5-Door profiles are distinctly different. Prominent wheel flares with large wheels and tires enhance the aggressive stance.
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  • 5. Impressive fit-and-finish Features a clean look with integrated fascias, jeweled lamps and no side cladding. Extremely tight exterior gaps highlight the careful attention to detail.
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  • 6. High-quality interior ASTRA’s ergonomically friendly interior features an instrument panel made with an advanced manufacturing process that offers a pronounced grain, high definition, low gloss and sharp radii. Outstanding refinement is clear in details such as very tight gaps, metallic-look accent trim, a woven headliner and wrapped A-pillars. Both cloth and leather-trimmed seats are available, as are cloth or leather heated front seats—a rarity in this price class.
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  • 7. StabiliTrak Standard on 3-Door and available on 5-Door, the StabiliTrak - Stability Control System automatically helps correct oversteer and understeer conditions to keep the vehicle traveling in the direction being steered. Also includes traction control with brake and throttle intervention.
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  • 8. Outstanding safety features For outstanding safety, all ASTRAs include standard frontal, front seat-mounted and head-curtain side-impact air bags to help protect front and outboard rear occupants. Additionally, front-seat active head restraints and a pedal release system are also standard. And every ASTRA comes with standard OnStar that includes one year of the Safe & Sound Plan.
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  • 9. Flexible versatility Standard 60/40 splitfolding rear seatback allows flexibility of passengers and cargo. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo space measures an impressive 44.7 cu. ft. (37.8 cu. ft. on 3-Door). A removable cargo cover is included to hide valuables in the cargo area.
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  • 10. Technologically advanced audio and information systems Radios and the Driver Information Center provide advanced infotainment features and trip computer functions. Steering wheel controls are also included on XR to allow operation of the systems while keeping hands on the steering wheel.
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Power & Handling

  • Ecotec 1.8L DOHC 4-cylinder engine Features dual-cam phasers to allow both the intake and exhaust valve timing to be varied independently for more precise valve timing control for optimum performance and fuel economy.
  • 5-speed manual transmission Features a short-throw design for crisp, performance shifts. Standard.
  • 4-speed Aisin automatic transmission Available transmission includes sophisticated electronic controls for smooth shifting, low noise and high durability. Unique features of this transmission include: Neutral Idle feature automatically shifts into neutral when stopped to reduce drag on the engine and improve fuel efficiency. Winter Mode forces the transmission to start in third gear to reduce torque and help control front wheel spin on low-traction surfaces. Performance on Demand (throttle kick-down) automatically downshifts during wide open throttle for immediate performance. Downhill Grade Assist forces a downshift when braking on a downgrade to help preserve brake pad life.
  • Body Frame Integral (BFI) structure Combines a unibody design with front-to-rear underbody rails for added strength. This rigid foundation reduces vibration and allows optimal tuning of the suspension, steering, brakes and other chassis components for increased stability and outstanding handling characteristics.
  • MacPherson strut front suspension Includes a stabilizer bar for flat, stable cornering. The decoupled strut front mount provides better damper tuning and improves road noise isolation.
  • Torsion beam rear suspension Torsion beam acts as a large stabilizer bar to enhance handling and cornering capabilities. The control arms are integrated with the wheel carriers in a one-piece aluminum design to reduce weight.
  • Sport-tuned suspension Torsion beam acts as a large stabilizer bar to enhance handling and cornering capabilities. The control arms are integrated with the wheel carriers in a one-piece aluminum design to reduce weight.
  • Sport-tuned suspension Features a chassis lowered by 15mm and the front and rear roll rates are adjusted for a firmer, handling feel with minimal body roll. Standard on 3-Door XR and available on 5-Door XR.
  • Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering Features a very linear response for smooth, consistent feel at all speeds and cornering angles. The hydraulic pump only operates as needed to reduce engine load and increase fuel efficiency.
  • 4-wheel disc brakes Feature large diameter rotors for excellent stopping power and standard ABS with Cornering Brake Control. Cornering Brake Control helps neutralize oversteer when braking on a curve.
  • StabiliTrak - Stability Control System Works in tandem with ABS and traction control to automatically help correct oversteer or understeer conditions and keep the vehicle traveling in the direction being steered especially during emergency maneuvers. Standard on 3-Door; available on 5-Door.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Advanced Audio Package (PCU) Includes AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer and MP3 disc playback capability, premium 7-speaker sound system and an Enhanced Driver Information Center.
  • Premium Trim Package (PCQ) Includes leather seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel, vinyl door trim, heated driver and front-passenger seats and ambient LED door pocket lighting. Includes sport bucket front seats with enhanced bolsters and driver manual lumbar adjuster on 5-Door XR. Includes sport leather-wrapped steering wheel and high sport bucket front seats on 3-Door XR.
  • Sport Handling Package (PDX) Includes StabiliTrak, lowered sport-tuned suspension, quick ratio steering (14:1), 17" alloy wheels and P225/45R17 all-season performance tires. Standard on 3-Door; available on 5-Door XR.
  • Bold exterior ASTRA’s bold exterior includes clean, sculpted lines along with sporty design cues. Its wide track, large wheels, muscular wheel flares, a strong shoulder line and short overhangs provide an athletic stance. A unique central crease line on the hood carries through to the upper instrument panel inside the vehicle and on to the rear liftgate.
  • Exterior paint colors Arctic White, Black Sapphire, Salsa Red, Silver Sand, Star Silver and Twilight Blue.
  • Jeweled headlamps Projector-style headlamps feature clear outer lenses and dark interior bezels with bright trim rings. Automatic lighting control is standard on all models.
  • Projector beam fog lamps Integrated into the lower fascia and are standard on XR models.
  • RainSense wipers Automatically adjust the wiper frequency when moisture is detected on the windshield. Additionally, the rear wiper automatically activates when the front windshield wipers are on and the vehicle is shifted in to reverse. Standard on all models.
  • Exterior mirrors All ASTRA exterior side-view mirrors are body-color, power adjustable, heated and can fold manually.
  • Liftgate touch pad Replaces the traditional handle and eliminates the need for a key hole cylinder.
  • Segment’s largest sunroof This dual-panel sunroof is available on 5-Door models to help enhance spaciousness, especially for rear-seat passengers. It includes two panels: the front panel tilts up and slides back over the rear panel. Also includes an electric mesh sunshade and an expressopen feature for both the sunroof and sunshade.
  • Bright sill plates Located on the front doors on XR models, these sill plates provide an upscale touch.
  • Interior color All ASTRA models feature a Charcoal interior. Interior trim has a charcoal metallic finish on XE and a silver metallic finish on XR.
  • Instrument panel Made from a cast skin foaming process that creates a pronounced grain texture with a low-gloss finish and sharp radii for tight gaps.
  • Cloth-covered A-pillars and woven headliner An unexpected touch in this segment that heightens the perception of quality.
  • Front bucket seats Feature firm foam cushions and large bolsters to help hold occupants in place. Additionally, a driver seat height adjuster is standard on all models.
  • Sport front bucket seats Feature more robust back and thigh bolsters. Available on 5-Door XR with leather. Also includes a manual lumbar adjuster for the driver.
  • High-sport front bucket seats Larger and firmer bolsters for an even more aggressive, sporty feel. These bolsters also help keep occupants in place during aggressive driving. Standard on 3-Door. Includes manual lumbar adjuster for the driver.
  • Heated front seats Available with cloth on all ASTRA models; also included in the Premium Trim Package. Features three heating levels, and heating elements are located in the bolsters and inserts of the cushions and seatbacks.
  • Easy Entry front sliding seats Provide easy access to the rear-seat area on 3-Door models. To operate, pull the lever up, fold the seatback and slide the seat forward.
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks Release levers are located at shoulder level for easy access. Also includes three adjustable and removable head restraints for rearseat passengers and child comfort clips for rear safety belts.
  • Steering wheels Three-spoke design has a wide diameter grip with both rake and telescopic adjustments. Leatherwrapped steering wheel is available on 5-Door XR; sport leather-wrapped steering wheel is available on 3-Door XR. Additionally, ASTRA XR includes steering wheel controls for the Driver Information Center and audio system.
  • Driver Information Center (DIC) Utilizes the same display as the audio system. Displays time, outside temperature, date, vehicle warnings and trip computer data (also called the Board Computer or BC). Audio system controls or steering wheel-mounted controls are used to navigate between functions.
  • Enhanced Driver Information Center Included with the Advanced Audio System available on XR models. Includes all Driver Information Center functionality and adds a menu-style graphical display, dual trip computers and a more elaborate stopwatch function.
  • Air conditioning Includes particle filter. Standard on XR; available on XE.
  • Turn signals Operation varies from previous systems: To signal a full turn, move the multifunction lever all the way up or down. The lever returns to center while the signal flashes. To cancel the signal, complete the turn or lightly tap the lever up or down. To signal a lane change, lightly move the level part way until the signal starts to flash. The signal will automatically flash three times and then turn off.
  • Tire Pressure Monitor Standard on all models.
  • Remote Keyless Entry Includes a folding key integrated into the fob and single push-button lock/unlock of all doors, liftgate and fuel filler door as well as remote operation of the express-down power windows.
  • Audio systems All ASTRA audio systems include speeddependent volume control, preset equalizer settings and an Autostore (AS) function, which automatically presets the nine strongest radio stations into memory. There is a total of up to 36 radio station presets with nine for each waveband (FM, FM Autostore, AM and AM Autostore). Stations, info and settings are displayed on the Driver Information Center.
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    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 1.8L I4, 138 @ 6,300, 125 @ 3,800
    • 2.5L I5, 170*, 177 @ 4,250
    • 2.3L I4, 156 @ 6,500, 150 @ 4,500
    • 1.8L I4, 140 @ 6,300, 128 @ 4,300
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg)
    • 24/32 (Manual)
    • 22/29 (Manual)*
    • 22/29 (Manual)
    • 26/34 (Manual)
    • Transmission
    • 5-speed manual; 4-speed auto. (A)
    • 5-speed manual; 6-speed auto. (A)
    • 5-speed manual; 5-speed auto. (A)
    • 5-speed manual; 5-speed auto. (A)
    • Front suspension
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • Rear suspension
    • Torsion beam
    • 4-link
    • Multi-link
    • Multi-link
    • Drivetrain
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • Steering
    • Electro-hydraulic power rack-and-pinion
    • Electro-mechanical variable power rack-and-pinion
    • Electro-hydraulic variable power rack-and-pinion
    • Hydraulic power rack-and-pinion
    • Brakes, front/rear
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • Disc/drum w/ ABS
    • Wheels
    • 16" alloy
    • 15" steel
    • 17" alloy
    • 16" steel
    • Tires
    • P205/55R16 touring
    • P195/65R15 all-season
    • P205/50R17 all-season
    • P205/55R16 all-season
    • Sport suspension
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Overall length (in.)
    • 170.5
    • 165.8
    • 176.8
    • 176.7
    • Overall width (in.)
    • 69.0
    • 69.3
    • 69.1
    • 69.0
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 102.9
    • 101.5
    • 103.9
    • 106.3
    • Track, front/rear (in.)
    • 58.6/58.6
    • 60.6/59.8
    • 60.2/59.6
    • 59.0/60.2
    • Climate control w/ filters
    • S (Particle)
    • S (Pollen)
    • S (Pollen)
    • S (Particle, pollen, dust)
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Power driver seat
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Heated front seats
    • A (Cloth or leather)
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Fold-flat front passenger seat
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Split-folding rear seat
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S (Single-piece folding)
    • Fold-down armrest/rear-seat pass-through
    • -
    • S
    • S (Armrest only)
    • -
    • Cooled glove box
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Cargo area power outlet
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Driver Information Center
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Tilt and rake steering column
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Automatic headlamps
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Side repeater lamps
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Fog lamps
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Heated outside mirrors
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Heated washer fluid system
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • Remote express-down windows
    • S (Express-up/-down)
    • S (Driver window only)
    • S (Driver window only)
    • S (Express-up/-down on driver window only)
    • Sunroof
    • A (Dual-panel w/ electrically operated mesh sunshade)
    • A
    • A
    • -
    • Integrated rear spoiler
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • CD/MP3 player
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • Auxiliary input jack
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Satellite radio
    • -
    • A
    • A (Dealer-installed)
    • -
    • Center ambiance speaker
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Navigation
    • A (OnStar Turn-by-Turn)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Cargo capacity (cu. ft.)
    • 12.2
    • 15.0
    • 17.1
    • 12.0
    • Max. seating capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Head room, front/rear (in.) (w/o sunroof)
    • 38.9/38.3
    • 39.3/38.5
    • 39.1/38.4
    • 39.4/37.4
    • Head room, front/rear (in.) (w/ sunroof)
    • 38.9/38.3
    • 39.3/38.5
    • 38.2/38.3
    • -
    • Leg room, front/rear (in.)
    • 42.0/35.3
    • 41.2/35.3
    • 41.1/36.3
    • 42.2/34.6
    • Shoulder room, front/rear (in.)
    • 53.9/52.8
    • 54.7/54.6
    • 54.9/54.0
    • 53.7/52.4
    • Hip room, front/rear (in.)
    • 51.8/51.4
    • Not listed
    • 53.8/52.5
    • 51.9/51.0
    • Bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • 3/36,000
    • 4/80,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • Powertrain warranty
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
    • 5/100,000
    • 4/unlimited (Roadside assistance only)
    • 3/36,000 (Roadside assistance only)
    • A (Roadside assistance only)
    • Corrosion warranty
    • 6/100,000
    • 12/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • Oil Life System
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • 30-day vehicle exchange program
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • OnStar
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • Front passenger sensing system
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Seat-mounted side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Head-curtain side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Rear-seat thorax air bags
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • Active front head restraints
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Pedal release system
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Locking fuel door
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Stability control
    • A
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • Traction control
    • A
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S

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