I CAN recall a time when the Holden Astra had the looks and personality of a cute, yet comfortable 'small car'.
Quaint as she may have been, what she lacked in size, she made up for in personality, style and ease in driving.
These days the 'small car' reflects a more muscular physique - almost like she has adopted a membership at the local gym and has embraced a diet of protein and pre-workout.
From the first glimpse of the rear spoiler on her boot-y you get an acute sense the Astra's bold, sport attitude.
The sleek European looks and lower body contoured blade styling also catch the eye at every turn.
Holden Astra exudes an adrenaline pumping, powerful personality - she loves a challenge.
Behind the wheels you'll experience searing 1.6 litre Direct Injection Turbo 4-cylinder engine which pumps out 125kW of power at 4750 - 6000rpm and 260Nm of torque at 1650 - 4500rpm (auto).
The result if a playful and exhilarating ride cutting corners and all while keeping control of the vehicle throughout the ride.
Astra encourages you to take your driving to the next level - particularly if you opt for the top of the range VXR which offers an adaptive 'FlexRide' suspension and mechanical limited-slip differential.
The sophisticated HiPerStsrut system helps reduce the amount of torque steer - this greatly benefits handling and gives you extra control to quickly accelerate out of bends.
Sporty on the outside, stylish on the inside - feast your eyes on a flattering interior that works in with your thrill to drive.
Surprisingly spacious for a compact car, the new Astra is packed with advanced technology and sensuous sports styling.
Even the Holden Astra boot has a touch pad boot release to compliment the stylish sports look and being innovative.
The quality of the European designed interior is enhanced with leather appointed trim to the sports seats and extra flourishes such as alloy sports pedals on both the GTC and VXR.
Adaptive driving technology in the VXR also gives you the option of switching to road-taming Sport or roaring VXR performance models.
Experience only the best in technology with features like a premium six speaker sound system, 7 inch colour screen satellite navigation, built in app technology, Bluetooth and audio streaming, iPod and auxiliary connectivity, enhanced voice control, access phone contacts, calendars, reminders, playlists and more.
With safety at the forefront of Holden's design, the Astra does not compromise when it comes to driver's peace of mind and wellbeing.
Features such as daytime running lamps, rain sensing wipers, rear park assist, electronic stability control, hill start assist, anti-lock braking system, fuel front, side and curtain airbags are just a number of safety elements incorporated on this small sports car.
Super sharp looks, pinpoint handling and cutting edge turbo performance are just the start - wait till you get behind the wheel.
For more information or to take the all new Holden Astra for a spin, see Lawrence's Holden today.
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