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VAUXHALL ASTRA Convertible 2006‑2011

4.5
Based on 32 reviews
VAUXHALL ASTRA Convertible 2006‑2011

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colinC

Outstanding performance - Fantastic value - 2ltr Turbo Design

VAUXHALL ASTRA 2.0T 16V Design 2dr (Review date: 7th August '11)

5

I have had several Vauxhall 2 litre Turbo cars, and the TwinTop is simply the best of the bunch. Acceleration is outstanding, 0 – 60 in 8.3 seconds, but it seems much faster, and continues all the way to over 130 mph. Truly fantastic. However, it drives exceedingly well at all other speeds, and around town is a dream. With its 6 speed gearbox, it will purr and fuel economy is really good.

I test drove the 1.8 ltr and 1.6 ltr versions, and both were gutless for a convertible, slow acceleration for a sports car!

I have been in the diesel version, and again sluggish for an open air sports car, plus it’s like driving a tractor, especially with the roof down!!

The main advantage to having a hard top convertible is that the car drives like a normal car, no twisting of the chassis that you find with soft-top’s. Also, the security is as any other non-convertible. The wind noise that you get with soft-tops, and leaks do not exist either. No handles to turn when closing to lock the roof like many other convertibles on the market. With the TwinTop, simply press the button, and it simple does all the work it’s self. Only with the 2 litre TwinTops can you also shut the roof using the remote key function, so you can close/open the roof from within your own home, or just by standing near the car. When the roof is up, I have never experienced any leaks, squeaks or rattles that some other manufacturers convertibles often have. The roof opening mechanism may appear complicated, but then it would be for a roof that folds in three sections. It is also the same manufacturer of the roof opening systems that are used for Mercedes Benz, so it would work without any problems. I open and close the roof frequently, and have never had any issues.

Road handling is again excellent, sits on the road and its wider tyres really do grip those corners at speed. Powered steering making urban driving so pleasurable and parking easy. There is no spare tyre in the boot, which helps to reduce fuel consumption and increases boot space which is large, and a simple ‘fix puncture’ spay and electric air pump supplied makes puncture repairs very easy.

Insurance and Tax is what you’d expect for a 2 ltr Turbo sports car.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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johnH

Astra "Tin Top" as it's affectionately known

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.6 16V Sport 2dr [115] (Review date: 31st July '11)

5

Having owned a convertible 2 seater some years ago we missed the feeling of freedom and rekindled our interest when we hired an Eos on holiday.

On checking the reviews by professional journalists we found that they all seemed to benchmark the Eos against the much cheaper Astra Twintop.

The really clever part is that the Astra roof breaks twice as it folds away compared to only once on most of its rivals. This means that the boot length is aesthetically pleasing unlike others in its class.

I went for the 1.6 Sport on an 08 plate as I felt it suited my daily commute on country roads and I haven't been disappointed. Averages over 40 mpg, spacious enough for 4 adults and lowering/raising the roof is a doddle; It even has a button allowing you to access the boot space whilst the roof is stored in it. Handy if your as forgetful as I am.

I managed to get a guarantee that covers the electrics which operate the roof as there are so many gears and servos in there that they'd be expensive to repair/replace (I would imagine)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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sharonR

great car

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.8 VVT Sport 2dr Auto (Review date: 30th July '11)

3.8

I love this car, its the first convertible I ever owned but it had to be a hardtop, It handles beautifully, I find it very comfortable as I am quit tall and there is plenty of leg room although not so much for passengers in the back. Boot is a great size when the roof is up.

The biggest downside to my car and probably because its an auto, (I am disabled) the fuel consumption is very high and I cant use it as I would like because I cant afford the fuel, most of the time it says it does approx 24.4 mpg it does go up a bit on long journeys but only to about between 27 and 29 mpg, I wish I could have had the diesel version but I couldn't afford it!!

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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sarahW

Vauxhall Twin Top - Best Car I've Owned in 20 years!

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.9 CDTi 16V Design 2dr (Review date: 25th July '11)

4.8

Having been lucky enough to own many different cars, I can honestly say, this is one of the top two.

I wanted a convertible but it had to be a hard top.

I wanted something with power for up and down the motorway but also happy, nipping to the shops.

I wanted great road handling in all weathers, to feel safe

I wanted reliable, don't we all?

I wanted economy, ditto.

I wanted something fun but not too young for me and when needed I had to be able to get the grandchildren in.

I found it by chance and have loved every day with my Twin Top.

She also looks good :-)

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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davidF

Fantastic car, so pleased with it

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.9 CDTi 16V Sport 2dr (Review date: 28th June '11)

5

I decided to buy this car because I had always fancied a convertible and the right one came along at the right price.

Pros: It's a hard top convertible, fuel economy is very good, tax is cheap compared to other convertibles available, as it's the sports version, the handling is very good

Cons: One of the fins occasionally sticks but a few revs sort it out.

As I use it to drive to work every day and sometimes go on the motorway, it's perfectly suited to every road and it's superb to drive, plenty of power if needed. I went to south of the country and back and it had only just used over half a tank of fuel. The seats are very comfortable as well.

Highly recommended and would buy another diesel when mine eventually needs changing (but not for another 20-30 years at least, I like it that much!!!)

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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paulR

Convertible Contemplation

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.6 16V Air 2dr (Review date: 7th May '11)

4.8

A brilliant car will be sad to see her go .Has never let me down so it feels like i'm abandoning a best friend. Would like to keep but ,sadly it's time for Dad to grow up and get an MPV for ferrying the Kidz and their friends about.

"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all !"

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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rachelB

twin top

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.6 16V Sport 2dr (Review date: 18th April '11)

4.5

i am really enjoying the twintop and is a pleasure to drive. The roof has been fantastic and still working fine being 5 years old. The car does feel a little heavy when pulling off though.My kids love this car and enjoy an open top ride on warm summer days, i have no complaints practical for everyday.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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robertG

ASTRA twintop - a one trick pony?

VAUXHALL ASTRA 2.0T 16V Design 2dr (Review date: 29th March '11)

2.5

The folding roof is fantastic to watch in action and nothing beats driving topless in the summer. The car is very sleek and the "design" spec with piano black dash looks fab.

The 2 litre turbo engine has plenty of grunt, which you need with this being quite a heavy car. Average fuel concumption of 29mpg around town is not too bad (only if you are light on the throttle), but the road tax is a wapping £425. The insurance is also quite high.

The fat tyres make the steering quite hard going and are not cheap at £150 a pop. The alloys look good though and the car handles ok with the roof up, but there is quite a bit of wobble when you drop the top.

The roof is also it's achiles heel - it is very complicated with loads of motors to go wrong. It also rattles a lot when up. It can be raised or lowered at speeds below 20mph and the remote control can also raise and lower it, although it often stops half-way through even though the button is being continuously pressed.

If it has been raining, water trickles into the boot when you open it. The button to open the boot does not always respond first time and the overhang at the back makes parking sensors a must.

The back seats are fine for occasional use, but it is a low car and getting in and out is not easy. The boot is big when the roof is up, but drop it and you have a tiny space that is not easy to access. The button to lift the folded lid up makes things better, but you need the roof up to fully access this space.

I have found the VX dealers to be very poor, failing to deal with issues on several occasions.

Overall, a good looking car with the roof up or down at a reasonable price, but it is expensive to run and costly to fix.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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brianQ

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VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.9 CDTi 16V Sport 2dr (Review date: 27th March '11)

4.8

a great car fast but economic average 47mpg

the hardtop is ingeniously worked out and is a feat of precision engineering

fantastic value for money and really practical being a genuine 4 seater

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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paulH

Twintop - Best looking in it's class!

VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.9 CDTi 16V Design 2dr (Review date: 27th March '11)

3.8

The Astra Twintop is probably the best looking car in it's class, the fact that it's a 3 piece roof compared to other models that have a 2 piece folding roof give it a sleeker look and the boot looks more in proportion compared with other models.

The roof does have the occassional issue where the 'fins' stick a little, but I would recommend keeping the roof greased ensure you check the recommended stuff. Also put the roof up and down on a regular basis. If you're looking to buy one, then test the roof several times and if you're not happy, then walk away.

The car runs well on a daily basis and being the diesel does about 48mpg, it drives well, but is a heavy car and has a initial slow pull away when you're at a junction or traffic lights, but being a diesel has the right torque you need. The Sport button is also great for a bit of 'fun' driving and allows you to turn off the traction in the snow to help grip better as it doesn't drive well in the snow with the traction on. The 1.9 CDTi is a great engine. It eats motorway miles well and has power when you need it to overtake

It is a practical 4 seater but if you're tall then whoever is sat behind you needs short legs. It's very comfy inside and the boot is enormous with roof up and can carry so much stuff it's amazing, obviously different with the roof down. It will carry 2 weekend bags or the small suitcases which is ideal for a weekend away, also has a handy function that will move the roof around in the boot if you want to get your cases out without having to put the roof up.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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