Opel Astra 2013: Launch Review

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Opel Astra

2013: Review

Opel Astra Astra Sports Tourer and GTC

What we liked:

Well dynamics

Strong turbodiesel

Surprisingly spacious Sports

Not so much:

Plastic rattles

Lacklustre 1.4 turbo petrol

feel lacks substance

Spoilt for choice

Astra is Down Under. Now wearing its Opel badge, rather the local Holden lion, the class competitor will three body styles and the of three engines, when it on sale locally from (2012).

It will join Corsa hatch and larger sedan and wagon models as potential bestseller.

This around Astra is offered in a mix of across the five-door hatch and models aimed at catering to the possible blend of customers. The is topped by a pair of sporty variants dubbed Astra GTC 1.4 and Astra GTC Sport 1.6 Turbo.

from $23,990 (MRLP manual five-door hatch), the Astra line-up is offered a generous standard feature topped by an extensive range of packages. Highlights include adjustable suspension system and adaptive headlamps.

Manual variants (five-doors only) arrive as standard with a saving idle stop-start


Wants for

The entry-level model of Opel’s new car is dubbed, simply, Astra. from $23,990, Astra is in five-door hatch and Sports (wagon) body styles $2000, auto only).

arrives as standard with alloy wheels (space spare wheel), manual Bluetooth telephony, steering audio controls, cruise trip computer, power and mirrors, remote central and a single-CD tuner with USB and input jacks.

Opel reserves a $2750 Lux Pack for the Astra. This adds alloy wheels, chrome surrounds, front fog lamps, a steering wheel, front and acoustic parking sensors, an rear-view mirror, auto and rain-sensing wipers to the mix.

The mid-spec Astra Select (from $28,990) add 17-inch wheels, climate control, navigation, daytime running front and rear fog lamps, a steering wheel, rain-sensing an electric park brake, and rear park assist, headlamps and upgraded cloth and upholstery.

Select is offered with: a Leather Sports Pack including leather AGR-certified heated sports from $2500 (the score extremely high with German back and specialists Gepruft and Empfohlen); or Pack comprising the aforementioned Sports Seat Pack and bi-xenon headlamps from

Stepping up to Astra Sport we find 18-inch alloy lowered suspension, rear spoiler, AGR accredited seats and steering wheel as standard in to those features listed for Select.

Sport models a solitary option pack, dubbed: Premium Forward Pack. It comprises adaptive headlamps with high-pressure and daytime running lamps $2000.

The top model is also with Opel’s FlexRide chassis system from and 19-inch alloy wheels $1000.

Three-door Astra GTC 1.4 models ride on 18-inch wheels and feature manual but are otherwise specified similarly to models. The entry end GTC variant $28,990) is also offered the Leather Sports Seat found on Astra Select from $2500 and Navigation from $1250.

Top-spec GTC Sport 1.6 Turbo models $34,990) feature 19-inch wheels, an aerodynamic body satellite navigation, dual-zone control and OPC-line leather wheel and gearshift knob in to those features listed for Astra Sport.

The range-topping is available optionally with the Forward Lighting Pack $2000, FlexRide adaptive system from $2000, and alloy wheels from

2012 Opel Astra and Sports Tourer pricing:

1.4T Petrol 5dr Hatch / $23,990 (6MT) / $25,990 / $27,990 (6AT Wagon)

Astra 2.0T Diesel 5dr / Wagon $27,990 (6MT) / (6AT) / $31,990 (6AT

Astra Select 1.6T 5dr Hatch / Wagon $28,990 / $30,990 (6AT) / $32,990 Wagon)

Astra GTC 1.4 Turbo 3dr $28,990 (6MT) / $30,990

Astra Select 2.0T 5dr Hatch / Wagon $31,990 / $33,990 (6AT) / $35,990 Wagon)

Astra Sport 1.6 Petrol 5dr Hatch $33,490 / $35,490 (6AT)

Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo 3dr Hatch $34,990 only)

Metallic Paint

Decisions, decisions.

Astra are available with a choice of turbocharged engines beginning a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol Petrol).

Offered with a of six-speed manual (hatch only) and six-speed automatic the 1.4T Petrol (also 1.4T ECOTEC) outputs and returns a fuel consumption of 5.9L/100km (6.7L/100km auto) on the cycle, while emitting of CO2 (156g/km auto).

It is available in model Astra and Astra GTC only. The 1.4T Petrol accelerate from 0-100km/h in (10.2sec auto).

The next in the new flock of Astra models, and the diesel offering, is a 2.0-litre It is offered in base model and mid-spec Astra Select with the choice of a six-manual only) or six-automatic transmissions.

The Diesel (also call 2.0 ECOTEC) engine outputs and returns a combined cycle economy figure of 4.7L/100km auto). CO2 emissions are rated at (156g/km auto). Manual-equipped models also receive stop-start as standard.

Astra Diesel models accelerate 0-100km/h in 9.0sec (9.2sec

Mid-spec Astra Select are also the first in the line-up to be with Opel’s new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine Petrol). Again, the variant is to a choice of six-speed manual only) and six-speed automatic

Outputting 132kW and 230Nm, the (also called 1.6T is also found in top-spec Sport hatch and wagon — the only engine in this model. It consumes (7.3L/100km auto) of fuel on the cycle while emitting (171g/km auto) of CO2.

Astra 1.6T Petrol accelerate from 0-100km/h in (9.0 seconds auto). GTC Sport 1.6 Turbo shaves figure to 8.3sec.

The high 1.6T Petrol is also beneath the bonnet of the range-topping GTC 1.6 Turbo mated exclusively to a manual transmission.

All Astra are suspended by a McPherson strut / Watt’s link (rear) which, depending on variant, is in conjunction with Opel’s adaptive chassis system, Combining electronically adjustable absorbers, various stages and (automatic) transmission adjustment and mapping to present Astra Normal, Sport (firmer) and (softer) modes.

The rack and steering system is electrically and features variable (speed adjustment on FlexRide-equipped variants.

duties are carried out by four-wheel behind 16-inch alloy on Astra, 17-inch alloys on Select and 18-inch wheels on Sport and Astra GTC 1.4 Turbo.

GTC Sport 1.6 Turbo models on larger 19-inch alloys. All variants receive a space-saver wheel and tyre.

The bigger car

Compared to the last Astra sold under the Holden the new Opel Astra is longer in (+71mm) and rides on a wider (+56mm) and rear (+70mm) Opel says the larger gives the model a more feel on road whilst liberating greater interior

The five-door hatch is 4419mm and rides on a 2685 wheelbase. to cousin under the skin this is 99mm shorter but in wheelbase. The Opel is also wider than the Holden vs.

1797mm) but taller in height at (vs. 1477mm).

The Astra Tourer wagon is around longer (4698mm) than the

Turning circle is measured at and fuel tank capacity 56

Astra GTC three-door hatch are actually longer at 4466mm. wider (2020mm) and lower the GTCs ride on marginally 2695mm wheelbase. Its turning is 12.3 metres – worse some of medium SUVs we recently.

Opel Astra

The Astra tips the scale 1412-1435kg, depending on variant.

variants also feature a fuel tank and offer 380 of cargo space with the seats and parcel shelf in This is expended to a total of 1165 litres with the splitfold pews flipped

Up back, five-door Astra variants offer slightly luggage space than the model at 370 litres, but liberate a 1235 litres with the seats out of the way.

Finally, Sports Tourer (wagon) are not surprisingly the largest of the locally trio. It offers 500 litres of hauling space in standard or a total of 1550 litres all

Depending on model, five-door weighs in between 1394-1535kg

Astra models can tow up to 1500kg depending on variant and engine


Five-star safety the line-up

All Astra models a five-star EuroNCAP safety with stability control, control, antilock brakes and side and curtain airbags as standard to every model in the

All variants are also equipped active head restraints, inertia reel seatbelts in all positions, as well as ISOFIX and child seat anchorage

For the front seats, pyrotechnic are added while the driver from a pedal release in the event of a frontal collision.

than tough

The small car is one of the most fiercely contended and sensitive in the Australian market. all-conquering Mazda3 has topped the sales charts repeatedly in times with Toyota Volkswagen Golf, and Holden’s Cruze all not far behind.

Korean Kia Cerato and the recently-renewed Hyundai i30 also carved out a strong in Australia for offering more at a competitive price.

Astra, its extensive equipment list play off against these for not only bang-for-buck factor, but length of warranty, which for the is now five years.

Opel Australia spokespersons at launch that Astra’s build quality will be to push buyers over the when viewing the model its Asian-sourced contemporaries. We’re not

The competition in this sector is for two reasons: quality and service. And at point, with only 17 Opel dealerships nationally, needs to match the latter spruiking the benefits of the former.

leads the pack

Opel’s launch provided limited to sample the Astra line-up. In the end we only able to drive one and one three-door variant. Far from

Sampling Astra Select Tourer 2.0T Diesel and GTC 1.4 Turbo we found two models in spite of sharing similar characteristics, were polar where performance was concerned. And not in the in which you’d naturally

The stronger of the pair, Astra Sport Tourer 2.0T performs remarkably well dawdling through the smaller towns (and mile mile of road works) on our test loop, and on the shorter of open highway cruising. The is quiet, for a diesel, and works with the six-speed automatic with little evidence of lag, even in scenarios you’d expect a dramatic — such as rolling a roundabout before jumping on the throttle.

Astra GTC 1.4 Turbo, on the hand, is much like its Cruze 1.4 iTi offering very in its lower revs and needing a foot to summons even performance. Tried here in with a six-speed manual Astra cruised happily at speeds, but would need to be to fourth, sometimes even gear, to tackle hills we would have barely a nudge of the tacho in the diesel

Though Opel demands a premium of up to $4000 to step up to a the performance gap is palpable. The drivability of the Astra shows the 1.4T up as short of oomph for a car of this

And that’s the majority of the bad news with. The car in almost every way is a comfortable and confident (not-so-) car. Ride and handling is up with the best in the segment, and the body control mid-corner and to steering input prompt and

Even the larger wagon tight and controlled in demanding

The steering, while light, has a edge over that in Insignia with more at the wheel helping Astra to course when confronted mid-corner lumps and bumps.

noise is about what expect in this segment and not by the larger diameter alloys to the vehicles sampled. There’s a of wind noise, too, and a fair amount of plastic from inside the front skins and outboard edges of the

The interior is otherwise well and offers good outward from the driver’s seat, it has to be said feels well ergonomically and comfortable, even on stretches at the wheel. Decor is not as sharp as that of the Insignia but has a little more class most of the segment’s mainstays, perhaps for Volkswagen Golf.

All and switchgear feel on par or better most sampled in the small car though the functionality of the trip and infotainment system took a more time to become with than, say, Japanese or Korean contemporaries.

little time to sample than two Astras in the time will endeavour to test variants not discussed here at in the coming weeks. Opel lands in local showrooms September 1.

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