Vauxhall/Opel were slow to react to competitor’s coupe-convertibles, but the final result has been a good-looking well though out design. The Astra Twintop’s roof folds into 3 pieces minimising wasted space and keeping the rear of the car relatively slim compared to much of the competition. The convertible Astra is a good drive for its class, but its weight blunts the performance a little. Rear space isn’t great and some may find the headroom to be restricted with the roof up but in general it’s a very attractive package.
The Vauxhall/Opel Astra Twintop makes a sensible used car buy, as it pre-dates the more complex modern designs that may be more costly to run into their old age.
The 1.8 litre Vauxhall/Opel Astra Twintop benefits from variable valve timing to produce a more eager feeling car than the smaller 1.6. The result is a more entertaining drive without being that much quicker. The engine needs to be revved to get the best out of it.
The 2-litre turbo Astra Twintop topped the range with impressive amounts of power. A Sport button sharpens the throttle response and sharpens the steering transforming the mellow Astra into a more direct and sporting car. It corners well with minimal body roll. A flex can be felt from the chassis when driving over uneven surfaces.