Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dynamic Machine Looks Fab

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dynamic Machine Looks Fab

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Byline: By Andy Richards

Wow. If I say the Vaux-hall Astra Sport Hatch looks like something from the latest Batman movie, you'll laugh.

Well, the joke's on you. Because it does. Its looks are breathtaking. It was turning heads the moment I pulled off the office car park.

But at the same time, this scorcher is definitely all Astra. And I immediately loved everything about it ( with one exception.

The rear window is so tiny and at such an angle that I really had to squint to make out what was going on behind.

The car is a design concept made real and features dynamic engines for those who truly appreciate genuine performance.

It is muscular, with a lowered sports suspension and steeply-raked screen pillars which drop the roof line while maintaining the athletic sculpture.

In fact, its sculptured shoulders and tapered rear give the Sport Hatch a coupe-like appearance.

Viewed from the front, the stronger V-shaped bumper and three-dimensional headlights give it an ultra-confident look.

Inside, the switchgear, instruments, storage ( in fact everything is ergonomically designed around the driver.

There's sports seats, alloy-effect interior mouldings and pedals and a CD player with MP3 facility.

But you also get a good amount of light and space, with impressive leg and headroom, even in the back.

It's already created a buzz in the motoring world and I can see why. One hack said it handled like a dream ( and it really does.

And to think, I used to consider Vauxhall solid, dependable, reliable and predictable!

The Sport Hatch will provide some tough competition to rivals in this rapidly evolving market segment.

Combining low, sporty styling with a scintillating driving experience, it offers a new twist on the more traditional "five minus two" design of a three-door hatch.

It will doubtless appeal to younger buyers and the range consists only of the sporty models from the Astra line-up ( the SXi, SRi and Design. …

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