Holden Astra Twin-Top – style at the expense of performance

Holden Astra Twin-Top – style at the expense of performance

A folding hard-top roof is the best way to have your convertible – more secure, warmer and safer. The problem is that the mechanism involved takes up most of the boot space and is heavy. Add to this the extra reinforcing required to keep the chassis stiff and the 2.2-litre engine in the Holden Astra Twin-Top struggles to get anywhere fast.

Whether this is a major issue for the target market (women and ‘metrosexuals’), I’m not sure. While I can see the appeal to various market segments in its quest against the Peugeot 207CC, those wanting a driver’s car that’s a convertible will almost definitely choose the two-seat Mazda MX-5 over the four-seat Astra.

A folding hard-top roof is the best way to have your convertible – more secure, warmer and safer. The problem is that the mechanism involved takes up most of the boot space and is heavy. Add to this the extra reinforcing required to keep the chassis stiff and the 2.2-litre engine in the Holden Astra Twin-Top struggles to get anywhere fast.

Whether this is a major issue for the target market (women and ‘metrosexuals’), I’m not sure. While I can see the appeal to various market segments in its quest against the Peugeot 207CC, those wanting a driver’s car that’s a convertible will almost definitely choose the two-seat Mazda MX-5 over the four-seat Astra.

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