Saturn ASTRA Saturn ASTRA 2008

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Saturn ASTRA Specs at TrueDelta: Powertrains and tires by trim level (2008)

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2008 Saturn ASTRA Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 2dr Hatch 4dr Hatch
Wheelbase 102.9 in 102.9 in
Length 170.5 in 170.5 in
Width 69.0 in 69.0 in
Height 55.8 in 57.4 in
Curb Weight 2833 lb. 2921 lb.
Fuel Capacity 12.2 gal. 12.2 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 37.8 in 38.9 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 53.9 in 53.9 in
Hip Room, Row 1 51.3 in 51.8 in
Legroom, Row 1 42.3 in 42.0 in
Headroom, Row 2 36.6 in 38.3 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 52.7 in 52.8 in
Hip Room, Row 2 51.0 in 51.4 in
Legroom, Row 2 35.0 in 35.3 in
Total Legroom 77.3 in (over 2 rows) 77.3 in (over 2 rows)
Cargo Volume, Minimum 12.0 ft3 12.5 ft3
Cargo Volume, Maximum 38.0 ft3 44.8 ft3

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2008 Saturn ASTRA

2008 Saturn ASTRA Seat Room and Comfort: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Being a 5 door hatch, there is plenty of room in the back for 2 full size adults or 3 children/teens. With the hatch, there is lots of room for bulky stuff. Like a Mini-SUV in cargo hauling. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2009 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Tilt/telescopic steering and with 8 way adjustable drivers seat. I was able to find my near perfect driving position. Every automaker should make a drivers seat manual lumbar standard, then it would be perfect. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
at 6ft 1 in , has plenty of leg and head room. Comfortable to get in and out of see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Seat fits just right. Plenty of adjustment range between seat and steering wheel. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Harder than most american seats. Very comfortable for long hauls. No need for armrest! see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
The European styled seats are great! Very supportive, but not too firm, and the seat back adjustment is exceptionally simple. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Leather seats with lumbar is very comfortable. Lots of leg room, even for tall people. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
I run 6', 300# and this is one of the few smaller cars I can drive in reasonable comfort while taking the back roads. Nice lateral support and my back doesn't give me fits when I get out. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD

I have the cloth seats, which I had read didn't offer good back or thigh support. I find this to be very untrue even without adjustable lumbar support. I did switch out my stock steering wheel with a leather VXR wheel from Britain, which REALLY gave this car a premium feel. The stock seats support my back very well (6'2") and also find there to be just enough leg room with my seat almost all the way back, thigh support is a bit lacking, but for such a tiny car they really did a good job making it feel like a much bigger car. I also highly recommend buying and installing the Boomerang armrest and cup holder to maximize your Astra comfort.

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2008 Saturn ASTRA Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Narrow seats and tough entry/exit due to low roofline. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD

My only concern about front seat room isn't about the seats at all, but that the peddles in the 5 speed are very small and very very close together, which for me with size 13 feet can create a problem. I have caught my feet together and accidently stomped on the break when trying to push in the clutch, which upsets everyone driving behind me, but provides a good laugh for me.

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2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
See above. see full Saturn ASTRA review
 

2008 Saturn ASTRA 2-door Hatch Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim XR
Standard Engine 1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
138 hp@6300
125 lb-ft@3800
Standard Transmission5-speed manual
Optional Transmission(s)4-speed automatic
Standard DrivetrainFWD
Standard Tires225/45VR17 tires
Optional Tires225/40ZR18 tires

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2008 Saturn ASTRA 4-door Hatch Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim XE XR
Standard Engine 1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
138 hp@6300
125 lb-ft@3800
1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
138 hp@6300
125 lb-ft@3800
Standard Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual
Optional Transmission(s)4-speed automatic4-speed automatic
Standard DrivetrainFWDFWD
Standard Tires205/55R16 tires205/55R16 tires
Optional Tires 225/45VR17 tires

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Powertrain of the 2008 Saturn ASTRA

2008 Saturn ASTRA Powertrain: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Peppy, Had a lot of fun driving around town as the power band with the 5 speed is pretty much set up for fighting moving traffic (3rd and 4th) and not half bad for such a small engine on the freeway between 55 and 85 see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD

The little engine in this car performs well, when paired with the 5 speed manual. You can really feel how small the engine is in the first two gears, however third and fourth really take off and get you moving. I was first worried at how high the RPMs are in overdrive when going 70-85mph, however this gives this little engine an amazing ability to accelerate from 60-80 in very little time, which when considered alongside the impressive handling, makes this car simply a blast to drive. The clutch and transmission are both very smooth and due to the hydraulic clutch make this car very hard to stall, however I find that the clutch, in very cold weather, will hesitate to disengage or when the A/C is running in very hot weather. Because of the tiny 1.8L engine this car really does drive noticeably different when running the A/C, it's nothing you can't compensate for; just make sure to give it a little more gas.

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2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
With the 5 speed manual, the car feels very peppy and has good acceleration see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
5 speed is pretty slick... Engine power good see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
With the 138 HP ecotech engine it is nimble at lower gear ranges. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 Saturn ASTRA Powertrain: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
138? are you kidding me... this car handles so beautifully.. why not make it perform beautifully also! see full Saturn ASTRA review
2009 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Lacks a little bit of power, but considering it is an ECOTec engine, not so bad. Best acceleration is found in the 2800-3500 RPMs. Lower RPM power is negligible. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Seems sluggish when starting from lights. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The engine runs MUCH better after about 5K miles as they start off very tight. The car has another 25 hp over the comparable econo boxes that it is priced with. Modify the air box for free. It makes a huge improvement in performance. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The powertrain is refined, but it could use a little extra horsepower and a sixth gear - engine speed is high at cruising speeds see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The only motor is the 1.8L GM minny mouse 4 cyl. and it just doesnt have alot of passing power even with a down shift or two. Also the 5 speed really needs to be a six. 65mph is over 3k RPM and is sucking gas that could be better used with another gear. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Underpowered - thanks CA emmissions standards! see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
Only one engine, the 5 speed needs a 6th gear as the engine revs at 3100 rpm @ 60mph (too high) in 5th. I bought the automatic since at 60mph the engine revs are 2500 rpm. Also, 138hp / 125 lb-ft of torque is on the low side nowadays. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 4dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
It is reasonably slow and under powered. see full Saturn ASTRA review
2008 2dr Hatch 138-horsepower 1.8L I4
5-speed manual FWD
OK 1.8L gas. FOR GOODNESS SAKE THE BRITS HAVE A 2.2 or the 2.0 Turbo. Heck, even the German diesel has more get up and go than the wimpy 1.8 (or is it 1.6 like my old Fiesta.) Thank goodness I got the 5 speed, I cannot imagine what the auto version is like. see full Saturn ASTRA review
 

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2008 Saturn ASTRA MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
2dr Hatch XR 18,375 17,181 620
4dr Hatch XE 15,875 14,843 620
4dr Hatch XR 17,425 16,292 620

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