I bought an Astra MK4 after owning a Citroen XZ. The Astra Mk4 drives look and feel is more or less like a modern car, it was quieter faster, prettier with a quality feel that made the ZX feel outdated.
Both workmates, when giving them a lift feel, agree my Astra is better in all departments. When asking one, ‘Do you think the ZX had softer ride’, him say,’ both of us gave you our opinion, it is like you want to hear something different.’ (Told a lie to please me)
My mother on the other hand says she feels more bumpy(especially over road-humps, pot-holes and shite roads), less relaxed then with the ZX, however the seats were more comfortable as they go right back leaving more legroom.
Generally though am happy with my Astra