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Astra Priced Starting $15,995

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Astra Pricing

DETROIT — Saturn will price its new Astra compact series from just under $16,000 when the Ion replacement goes on sale this fall.

Equipped with a DOHC 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual gearbox, the 2008 Astra 5-Door XE will carry a suggested sticker of $15,995, while the uplevel Astra 5-Door XR will start at $17,545. The sporty Astra 3-Door XR will be priced from $18,495. An optional four-speed automatic transmission will add $1,325 to the bottom line. All prices include shipping.

A Premium Trim package bundles leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats with manual lumbar and premium door panels for $795 on the 5-Door XR and $745 on the 3-Door XR.

A Sport Handling package, available only on the 5-Door XR, costs $695 and adds 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, stability control, lowered sport suspension and quick-ratio electrohydraulic power steering.

An Advanced Audio package on both XR models includes a six-disc CD/MP3 player, seven speakers and seven-band equalizer for $595.

Among the free-standing options are a dual-panel sunroof ($1,000), stability control ($495; standard on the 3-Door) and cloth heated front seats ($250).

Eighteen-inch wheels and tires are available only on the 3-Door.

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Pricing appears competitive. It starts at $390 more than a Civic DX, although it does have a stereo as standard. The XR is $10 less than a Civic LX, and the XR Sport Handling is $780 less than a Mazda 3 Touring.

An XR 3-door is $1065 more than a Rabbit 3-door with 17" wheels and ESP, although an XR 5-door is $605 less than a Rabbit 5-door with 16" alloys.

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$1325 for a 4-speed?

yeah its a lot, but its a way of manipulating the base price so they can advertise the cheap base manuals for a lower price.

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The options can raise the price fast. You can get the 3 door to a bit over 22 grand with all the listed options (no i didn't screw up and add the 5 door only options) and there could very well be more options not yet listed.

It's not terrible but I expected the redline to top out at this price.

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GM can afford to price these things a bit high. They're only importing ~30k/year and even less of the 3-door.

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GM can afford to price these things a bit high. They're only importing ~30k/year and even less of the 3-door.

And remember that the Euro is Bloated.

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If it is as good as everything I have heard about it from friends in Europe, it will sell very well.

I would like to see the diesel option on it, but it is a handsome car for not a lot of money.

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Why is the 3 door more expensive than the 5 door?

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Why is the 3 door more expensive than the 5 door?

It's only ~$900 more. They look better, and there will be less of them sold here.
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3 door astra 20+

3 door focus 07 model with closeout pricing -10-14k.

Really want a US spec Focus? Yeah, I see how those things last. Or rather, don't.
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Really want a US spec Focus? Yeah, I see how those things last. Or rather, don't.

my sister's 01/02 was fine in almost 100k miles.

the focus has been recommended for reliability/buy for many years now.

astra and focus is almost apples to apples. similar size config and hp. astra has a nicer interior and probably has a small advantage in ride and handling but we don't know for sure how great if any that advantage is yet.

if the real world price gap is 6-10 grand that is very diminishing returns. few choose small cars except for value reasons, then value rules much greater in weight than the minute differences in performance. there is a price threshold where buying a small car of just about any brand is not a good idea because you can upgrade to midsize and come out better.

fine, cuz i know you dislike ford, but c'mon, the astra's got a 4 speed auto and 1.8 litre motor without much power. not the stuff that puts the car in a class as a sleeper competitor with a volvo c30 or a3 or something like that.

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I don't dislike Ford; I'm just thoroughly unimpressed with the Focus. Its a European car that's lauded for its 'dynamics,' but a poor American compact. I know three Focus owners ('01, '05, '05) whose cars are just horrible. Granted, one of them drives about 200 miles a day five or six days a week on the interstate, but these cars just don't seem built to last. I would actually trust a J-body more because it may rattle, squeak, and not corner well, but it'll run longer.

I agree the 1.8's horsepower seems on the threshold of being acceptable for the 3-door, especially because its looks belie a bigger engine - my God, how yummy would a 2.0l DI Turbo'd Ecotec be? - but we'll see when the time comes. Astra hatch also has so many more features vis a vis the Focus, plus keep in mind the Focus hatch is DOA, replaced by a sad-looking Escort coupe.

This generation isn't the volume car; its the 'hey-look-at-me-I'm-an-entry-Saturn-worth-giving-a-damn-about' car. It'll sell every unit imported.

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3 door comes standard with the sport package. i believe that includes 18'' on the XR standard [3-door]. I definitely know I remember reading the press release the 3-door came standard with a sport package that is optional on the 5 door. Pricing looks attractive.

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And the Astra is going to be imported in limited numbers. What good is selling them for $12,000, selling every one on the lots in 6 months, then having none for the remaining 6 months of the year? The one thing I'm waiting on is the mileage numbers for the 1.8L, that hasn't been released yet has it?

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i'm just saying the car won't be worth the extra money. despite whether its 'rare' or not.

for 20 grand, get an Aura FCS.

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3 door comes standard with the sport package. i believe that includes 18'' on the XR standard [3-door]. I definitely know I remember reading the press release the 3-door came standard with a sport package that is optional on the 5 door. Pricing looks attractive.

17s are standard on the 3-door, with 18s optional. Sport suspension and sportier steering are also standard.

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i'm just saying the car won't be worth the extra money. despite whether its 'rare' or not.

for 20 grand, get an Aura FCS.

It's not any more "extra" than a Civic or 3 or Rabbit or MINI...

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It's not any more "extra" than a Civic or 3 or Rabbit or MINI...

with only a weak 1.8 four pot under the hood.

please don't include the civic with that otherwise excellent bunch.

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with only a weak 1.8 four pot under the hood.

please don't include the civic with that otherwise excellent bunch.

You call the MINI excellent, yet it's as much as or more expensive than the Astra, and smaller... why? Because it's a PREMIUM compact. Why is it so hard to believe that the Astra is a premium compact, if slightly less so than the MINI?

If the shopper is looking for most car for the money in terms of interior or engine size, then yes, they should move up to a midsize for the price. There will be more than enough people who want the Astra for the driving dynamic, the semi-rarity, the hot looks, etc. Different shoppers have different values, and at the low numbers that they're importing the Astra, it's a pretty safe bet that enough shoppers will value it & buy, even pushing toward premium compact pricing.

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