Well, just got back from the Saturn Aura ride and drive. I am now pretty\nimpressed with this little car after actually getting hands on and driving\nit. The little 1.8L is quite capable especially at lower RPMS and the manual\nloves to be revved. Very touchy brakes (more than I or my passengers cared\nfor) and eager throttle. The handling was awesome and gave a very confident\nfeel even in the most tight of turns. Fit and finish is light years of\nanything Spring Hill or Detroit could have even dreamt of. Doors and frames\nare solid with little or no visible seams at all and pieces are , well they\njust fit perfectly. The interior is a nice quality, comes in ebony and grey\nwith metallic accents. The radio is a nightmare, very confusing to navigate\nthe settings and no ipod or XM options (except 3rd party options of course).\nI know salesppl will spend alot of time demonstrating and re-explaining the\nradio functions. It is a better quality radio than the ION though and\nsimilar to what Caddy uses. The 1.8L may seem underpowered, but seems to\nhave as much power and more punch than the old 1.9L of S-series. Very sharp\nlines in and out, with the now traditional Opel inspired almond headlights\nand jeweled taillights. Reading is one thing, in person is another.\n\nI also got to compare the new Malibu to our Aura which we parked side by\nside. The chevy-Aura-wannabe does an excellent job of mimicking guess what?\nthe Aura? maybe inside where it is identical to the Aura, no, the Camry. The\nMalibu took the clean euro-inspired lines of the Aura and gave it the\ntypical boring jellybean front end (with a faux Avalanche grille) and crappy\nlooking flat-butt with round taillights of an overfed Cobalt. Blech...\n\nAll in all, the Astra is a nice change for Saturn and something that if the\nturbo'ed VXR is ever offered will be a huge hit.