Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

In its day, Astra Convertible was the most powerful mass-produced four-seat cabriolet on sale. There’s a choice of four four-cylinder petrol engines; the entry-level 101bhp 1.6, 123bhp 1.8, 145bhp 2.2 and 197bhp 2.0-litre turbo. All engines are well refined but there is no diesel choice. The Astra is competent at town speeds but the smaller engines feel a little tame on the motorway – particularly when overtaking.

The 2.2 and turbo units are much feistier and better served for all occasions.

The front-wheel drive Astra Convertible is equally suited to town driving, motorway journeys or meandering through country lanes, as the power steering is precise and manageable, and it behaves well when changing direction, too. The ride is firm and unforgiving – feeling particularly rough on uneven road surfaces – but overall the convertible is great fun to drive; hugging the road well and taking corners superbly.

Flexing isn’t an issue and the body feels just as rigid at speed as the Astra Coupé. Parking in congested areas may prove a little tricky, as rearward visibility is poor, though the 10.5-metre turning circle is neat and about average for its class.