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Car reviews - Holden - Astra - City 3-dr hatch

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Holden logo24 Aug 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

ONE of the best aspects of the three-door model is that it brings the excellent Astra mechanical package to a wider audience. Equipment levels are on the sparse side compared to its Japanese and Korean rivals, however the City three-door hatch - like the five-door model - carries a level of quality and comfort usually reserved for deeply rooted Continental marques. Better looking than the hatch and sedan, it still has a notable amount of safety equipment (sans rear headrests and an ABS option). As with the sedan and five-door, the car's secret is a brilliant combination of performance, handling and refinement.

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Vehicle development testing sites for the Astra included Australian and Arizona deserts (hot weather testing), far north Sweden (cold weather testing) and the Swiss and Austrian Alps (ride and handling and brake testing)

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