2009 Saturn Astra

Overview

ASTRA is a vehicle with a truly international flavor. Originally debuted in 2008, ASTRA combines authentic European ride and handling with creature comforts not typically found in other small hatchbacks. For 2009, ASTRA continues with the same 3-Door and 5-Door body configurations. Badged as an Opel in Europe, the platform has not been softened for North America. In fact, it exhibits the superior performance and handling characteristics that have made it one of the most popular cars in Europe.

Top Ten Features

  • 1. Responsive, efficient engine All models feature the highly efficient Ecotec 1.8L 4-cylinder engine. 4-valves per-cylinder Variable Valve Timing provided by dual cam phasers creates a combination of excellent fuel economy and outstanding performance.
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  • 2. Outstanding style ASTRA's sporty appearance is highlighted by its long wheelbase, pronounced wheel flares, wide track, short overhangs and steeply raked windshield and roofline. ASTRA’s 3-Door and 5-Door profiles are distinctly different with many of the exterior sheet metal components being unique to the model.
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  • 3. Impressive fit-and-finish The basis of fit-and-finish is a smooth integration of all components highlighted by very tight exterior gaps. Integrated fascias, jeweled lamps and no exterior cladding give ASTRA a clean look.
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  • 4. High-quality interior ASTRA's interior is simple and functional, yet stylish and ergonomic. The instrument panel features low-gloss finishes and sharp radii causing a flush, tight appearance.
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  • 5. Interior flexibility With standard 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, ASTRA has the flexibility to efficiently carry both passengers and cargo. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo space opens to an impressive 33.4 cu. ft. (32.8 cu. ft. on the 3-Door). In addition, a removable cargo cover is included to keep valuable items concealed in the cargo area.
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  • 6. Stable, controlled handling Front MacPherson struts and rear torsion beam provide outstanding agility, excellent cornering ability and exceptional connected-to-the-road feeling.
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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. Advanced steering system The electrohydraulic steering system combines electric power assist, for normal operating circumstances, with a hydraulic pump that operates under high steering load.
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  • 9. Safety features Standard frontal, front seat-mounted and head-curtain side-impact air bags to help protect front and outboard rear occupants. Front-seat active head restraints and a pedal release system are also standard. Every ASTRA comes with standard OnStar that includes one year of the Safe & Sound Plan and available Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
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  • 10. Advanced audio and information systems ASTRA's radios and the Driver Information Center provide advanced infotainment features and trip computer functions. Steering wheel controls are also included on the 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 Standard engine on all ASTRA models. This engine features all-aluminum construction for reduced weight and includes four valves per cylinder and Variable Valve Timing. Dual cam phasers allow both the intake and exhaust valve timing to be varied independently for more precise valve timing control, providing optimum performance and fuel economy. - 138 hp @ 6,300 rpm. - 125 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3,800 rpm.
  • 5-speed manual transmission Features a short throw design for crisp performance shifts. Standard.
  • 4-speed Aisin automatic transmission Available transmission, which includes sophisticated electronic controls to enhance transmission operation and durability. Unique features of this transmission include: - Neutral Idle: Automatically shifts into neutral at idle to reduce drag on the engine and improve fuel efficiency. - Winter Mode: A driver-selectable feature that causes the transmission to start in third gear on slippery surfaces to reduce wheel spin and improve control. - Performance on Demand: Provides an automatic downshift only at wide-open throttle to help in passing. - Downhill Grade Assist: Provides an automatic downshift when braking on a downhill grade, improving brake life.
  • Exhaust system Stainless steel exhaust system provides a long life and includes a dual wall exhaust tip on the 3-Door for a performance appearance.
  • Fuel economy EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings: - Manual: 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway. - Automatic: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway.
  • Rigid architecture ASTRA's Body Frame Integral (BFI) structure combines the attributes of unibody with front-to-rear underbody frames. The result is a rigid architecture that reduces vibration while allowing the suspension, steering and braking systems to function at their optimal levels because of minimal body flex. BFI is the foundation for ASTRA’s exceptional stability and outstanding handling characteristics.
  • MacPherson strut front suspension Includes a stabilizer bar for flat, stable cornering. A decoupled mounting for the front struts provides better damper tuning while improving road noise isolation.
  • Torsion beam rear suspension The torsion beam acts as a large stabilizer bar to enhance handling and cornering capabilities. The control arms that hold the bar in place are integrated with the wheel carriers in a one-piece aluminum design that provides optimal control with minimal weight.
  • Sport-tuned suspension Standard on the 3-Door XR and available on the 5-Door XR. With this suspension the chassis is lowered by 15mm and the front and rear roll rates are tuned for firmer handling feel with minimal body roll.
  • StabiliTrak Provides outstanding safety and control benefits by automatically correcting oversteer and understeer conditions to keep the vehicle traveling in the desired direction. Standard on 3-Door; available on 5-Door.
  • Electro-hydraulic power steering Features a very linear response to steering input resulting in a consistent feel at all speeds and cornering angles. The hydraulic pump only operates when additional assist is necessary, reducing engine load and increasing fuel efficiency. Tuning varies between models: - 15:1 ratio is standard on 5-Door models for sharp handling and response to driver inputs. - 14:1 ratio is standard on 3-Door and available on the 5-Door XR. This quicker ratio provides a faster response to driver inputs for a more nimble feel. - Variable-effort steering is standard on 3-Door and 5-Door XR with StabiliTrak. This system provides more assist at low speeds for easier maneuvering and parking. The assist is reduced at higher speeds to enhance road feel.
  • 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.
  • Wheels and tires. 5-Door XE: Standard 16" wheels and wheel covers; available 16" alloy twin-spoke wheels with P205/55R16 all-season touring tires. - 5-Door XR: Standard 16" alloy twin-spoke wheels; available 17" alloy 5-spoke wheels. Standard P205/55R16 all-season touring tires; available P225/45R17 all-season performance tires. - 3-Door XR: 17" alloy 10-spoke wheels; available 18" alloy star-spoke wheels. Standard P225/45R17 all-season performance tires; available P225/40R18 summer-only* performance tires.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Advanced Audio Package (PCU) Includes AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer and MP3 disc playback capability, premium 7-speaker premium 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.
  • European styling highlights ASTRA's hatchback design, clean sculpted lines and lack of exterior cladding are visible European influences. Its major design characteristics such as a wide track, large wheels, prominent wheel flares and short front and rear overhangs indicate a performance orientation. Add to these the unique central crease line on the hood that carries through to the upper instrument panel inside the vehicle and on to the rear liftgate.
  • Exterior paint colors Polar White and Quicksilver will refresh the current Arctic White and Star Silver (mid-2009 model year).
  • Jeweled headlamps Halogen, projector-style headlamps feature clear outer lenses that stretch around the corners, and dark interior bezels with bright trim rings. Automatic lighting control is standard on all models.
  • Fog lamps The projector beam fog lamps are integrated into the lower fascia. Standard on XR.
  • Jeweled tail lamps The tail lamps stretch around the rear corners to give the ASTRA a wide and low appearance.
  • RainSense wipers A standard feature that automatically adjusts wiper frequency when moisture is detected on the windshield. The rear wiper automatically activates when the front windshield wipers are on and the vehicle is shifted into reverse.
  • Exterior mirrors All ASTRA exterior side-view mirrors are body-color, manual folding, power adjustable and heated.
  • Liftgate touch pad Eliminates the traditional handle and the keyhole cylinder.
  • Segment's largest sunroof Available on the 5-Door, the dual-panel sunroof enhances spaciousness while providing an open-air driving experience. Includes an electric mesh sunshade and Express-Open feature for both the sunroof and sunshade.
  • Bright sill plates Located on the front doors on XR models, the sill plates provide an upscale touch and enhance the performance appearance.
  • Interior colors A new Tan interior color has been added and is available on all models with cloth trim. The Charcoal interior color continues and is available in cloth or leather. Highlights continue as a charcoal metallic finish on XE and a silver metallic finish on XR.
  • Instrument panel A cast skin foaming process is used in manufacturing that creates a pronounced grain texture with a low-gloss finish and sharp radii for tight gaps and exceptional fit-and-finish.
  • Air conditioning Standard on XR and available on XE, the system contains a replaceable particle filter.
  • Cloth-covered A-pillars and woven headliner Provide a touch of elegance and class that meld well with ASTRA’s sporty cachet.
  • Sport front bucket seats Feature more prominent back and thigh bolsters, items expected of a performance vehicle. Available on 5-Door XR with leather, and includes a manual lumbar adjuster for the driver.
  • High-sport front bucket seats Larger and firmer bolsters hold the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving maneuvers. Standard on the 3-Door and include manual lumbar adjuster for the driver.
  • Heated front seats Available with cloth trim on all ASTRA models and included in the Premium Trim Package.
  • Easy Entry front sliding seats Standard on 3-Door models to allow easy access to the rear-seat area. The seats operate by pulling the lever up, allowing the seatback to fold and the seat to slide forward.
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks Allow the capability of carrying gear as well as passengers. Release levers are located at shoulder level for easy access.
  • Adjustable steering wheels Telescope and rake adjustments allow a custom fit for virtually any driver. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is available on the 5-Door XR and a leather-wrapped sport version is available on the 3-Door XR. XR models also include steering wheel controls for the Driver Information Center and audio system.
  • Turn signals 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 lever part way until the signal starts to flash. The signal will automatically flash three times and then turn off.
  • Driver Information Center (DIC) This standard feature uses the same display as the audio system and displays time, outside temperature, date, vehicle warnings and trip computer data. Audio system controls or steering wheelmounted controls are used to navigate between functions.
  • Enhanced Driver Information Center Included with the available Advanced Audio System on XR models, this Driver Information Center provides increased functionality and adds a menu-style graphical display, dual trip computers and more elaborate stopwatch function.
  • 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 Include speed-dependent 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). Information including stations and settings are displayed on the Driver Information Center. ASTRA audio systems include: AM/FM stereo with CD player and six speakers: Standard on XE. AM/FM stereo with CD player, MP3 disc playback capability and seven speakers: Standard on XR.
  • Advanced Audio Package Includes AM/FM stereo, 6-disc CD changer and MP3 disc playback, 7-speaker sound system, user-adjustable 7-band equalizer, position settings for optimizing the surround settings and the Enhanced Driver Information Center. Available on XE and XR.
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    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 1.8L DOHC I4 w/ VVT, 138 @ 6,300, 125 @ 3,800
    • 2.5L DOHC I5, 170 @ 5,700, 177 @ 4,250
    • 2.3L DOHC I4 w/ VVT, 156 @ 6,500, 150 @ 4,500
    • 1.8L SOHC I4 w/ VVT, 140 @ 6,300, 128 @ 4,300
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg)
    • 24/32 (manual); 24/30 (automatic)
    • 21/29 (manual); 21/29 (automatic)
    • 22/29 (manual); 22/29 (automatic)
    • 26/34 (manual); 25/36 (automatic)
    • Transmission
    • 5-speed manual
    • 5-speed manual
    • 5-speed manual
    • 5-speed manual
    • Front suspension
    • MacPherson strut w/ stabilizer bar
    • MacPherson strut w/ stabilizer bar
    • MacPherson strut w/ stabilizer bar
    • MacPherson strut w/ stabilizer bar
    • Rear suspension
    • Torsion beam axle w/ coil springs
    • 4-link w/ coil springs and stabilizer bar
    • Multi-link w/ coil springs and stabilizer bar
    • Multi-link w/ coil springs and stabilizer bar
    • Drivetrain
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • Steering
    • Electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion w/ variable-effort steering
    • Electro-mechanical rack-and-pinion steering w/ variable assist
    • Electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion w/ variable assist
    • Power rack-and-pinion w/ power assist
    • Brakes
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • Front disc/rear drum w/ ABS
    • Wheels
    • 16" alloy
    • 15" steel w/ covers
    • 17" alloy
    • 16" steel w/ covers
    • Tires
    • P205/55R16 all-season
    • P195/65R15 all-season
    • P205/50R17 all-season
    • P205/55R16 all-season
    • Sport suspension
    • A
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • 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
    • Overall length (in.)
    • 170.5
    • 165.8
    • 176.8
    • 176.7
    • Overall width (in.)
    • 69.0
    • 69.3
    • 69.1
    • 69.0
    • Overall height (in.)
    • 57.4
    • 58.2
    • 57.7
    • 56.5
    • Front bucket seats
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Leather-appointed front seats
    • A
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • Heated front seats
    • A
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Manual air conditioning w/ filter
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Driver Information Center
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Floor console
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Rake and telescope steering column
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Automatic headlamps
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Side repeater lamps
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Fog lamps
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Power, heated OSRV mirrors, manual folding
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Power only
    • Remote Express-Down windows
    • S (Express-Up/-Down)
    • S (Driver window only)
    • S (Driver window only)
    • S (Express-Up/-Down on driver window only)
    • Power sunroof
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • -
    • Integrated rear spoiler
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • CD/MP3 player
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • Center ambiance speaker
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Navigation
    • A (OnStar Turn-by-Turn)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • 6-disc, in-dash CD changer
    • A
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • Cargo volume, seats up (cu. ft.)
    • 19.8
    • 15
    • 17.1
    • 12.0
    • Max. seating capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Head room, front/rear (in.)
    • 38.9/38.3
    • 39.3/38.5
    • 39.1/38.4
    • 39.4/37.4
    • 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 Published
    • 53.8/52.5
    • 51.9/51.0
    • Bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • Powertrain warranty
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
    • 5/100,000
    • 4/50,000 (Roadside assistance only)
    • 3/36,000
    • A
    • Corrosion warranty
    • 6/100,000
    • 12/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 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 thorax/pelvic air bags
    • S
    • S (Thorax only)
    • S (Thorax only)
    • S (Thorax only)
    • Head-curtain side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Active front head restraints
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • Pedal release system
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Stability control
    • A
    • A
    • S
    • -
    • Tire pressure monitor
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S

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