Holden Astra SRi – the drive is great, the interior isn’t

Holden Astra SRi – the drive is great, the interior isn’t

There should be generally accepted ways of doing things in a car – methods of adjusting the air vents, switches for adjusting the stereo, etc. In pretty much any Japanese or German car there are roughly similar ways of doing things. The switches are labelled in a similar way. But come to General Motors’ cars and it’s a different ball game. Here, there are lots of unconventional ways of adjusting things in the car which often aren’t even consistent from model to model. Which brings me to Holden’s hot hatch, the Astra SRi. The Astra functions nothing like an HSV, for example. I still haven’t figured out what all the buttons do, or how to consistently get to the average fuel consumption screen.

But its saving grace is the engine note, the power and the handling. I’m looking forward to driving HSV’s version – the VXR, it’s going to be even meaner!

There should be generally accepted ways of doing things in a car – methods of adjusting the air vents, switches for adjusting the stereo, etc. In pretty much any Japanese or German car there are roughly similar ways of doing things. The switches are labelled in a similar way. But come to General Motors’ cars and it’s a different ball game. Here, there are lots of unconventional ways of adjusting things in the car which often aren’t even consistent from model to model. Which brings me to Holden’s hot hatch, the Astra SRi. The Astra functions nothing like an HSV, for example. I still haven’t figured out what all the buttons do, or how to consistently get to the average fuel consumption screen.

But its saving grace is the engine note, the power and the handling. I’m looking forward to driving HSV’s version – the VXR, it’s going to be even meaner!

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