I've owned my Astra for three months now and still love it. I have the 5-speed manual transmission, which is fun to drive. It's fuel-efficient; I have averaged about 30.5 mpg between fill-ups. It's a beautiful car with a huge sunroof, imported directly from Europe, where it is sold as an Opel /Vauxhall Astra. OK, it is deficient in the cupholders and needs an aux-in port for the iPod. But it's a sporty and beautiful car.
Overall its a good vehicle for fuel economy and fun to drive. The back seat is basically for looks, not sure what you may fit back there, but it won't be much. If your looking for a good little vehicle for work or are single then this vehicle will work great for you.
Pros: Fuel economy, handling, braking, cornering, unique European look, overall quality, price, safety features (abs, 6 airbags, traction control, etc.), comfy front seats, roomy cargo area, overall value. Cons: Leisurely acceleration (0-60 mph in just over 10 seconds with a manual transmission), somewhat noisy cabin over 65mph, cramped backseats for adults taller than 5'11", confusing radio controls and board computer operation (need to be studied carefully before using them becomes second nature), no automaker standing behind the car (once 36K miles warranty is gone) since Saturn no longer exists. Great car for singles or couples (with only 1-2 kids). Great for commutes but only OK for long trips (once again, it's pretty noisy over 65mph). Great gas saver. Solid German quality all around. Perfect for practical, level-headed drivers looking for a fun drive, too. NOT for speed demons, thrill-seekers and insecure people. Not for big people who require a ton of space and who use their car as a restaurant. Get used to the fact that hotheads/losers (usually driving Mazda's, Mitsubishi's and pickups) will constantly be racing you at traffic lights (out of envy maybe?) and on freeways, and you WON'T be winning any contests (other than the higher IQ contest and the most gas saved...). Enjoy your Astra!