Opel Astra Review |CarAdvice

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Opel Astra


Composed handling; rides punch diesel engine; presented and roomy cabin; boot

Opel Astra . The will be unfamiliar to most but not the nameplate.

Nearly 250,000 have been sold in over the decades, when at it was the second-best-selling Holden after the .

It was still an Opel Astra rebadged for this market, but now the returns as the ace up the sleeve for the Australian of General Motors’ European

And Opel will need to use the to good effect to achieve its target of 15,000 sales a by 2015.

No surprises then there will be a wealth of in the range that returns the name to showrooms for the first since it was replaced by the Cruze .

a five-door hatchback, a three-door dubbed GTC. and a wagon called Sports Tourer.

In Europe Opel’s financial and struggles have seen it a U-turn on plans to distance further from sister Chevrolet #8211; from multiple models are now rebadged – and turn itself into of a mainstream premium brand to the likes of Volkswagen and Volvo .

The pricing does start than most of its rivals, off at $23,990 for a five-door hatch. The style-focused three-door Astra GTC carries a fashionable premium and at $28,990.

All Astra models are equipped, however, and pricing more keenly positioned in the range, though.

We tested the variant that’s competitively from $31,990 – similarly to the oil-burning versions of the Mazda3. Megane and Holden Cruze, and affordable than the comparable Focus or Volkswagen Golf .

121kW, the Astra is also the powerful diesel in the mainstream segment – if only by a single from the diesel versions of the Cruze and Peugeot 308 .

Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo doesn’t quite have the torque figure (360Nm by Mazda3 and Cruze diesels) but is still more than

Unlike the Mazda, the Astra’s can also be partnered with an six-speed auto instead of the six-speed manual.

The engine up to its figures by providing plenty of pace, and there’s enough down low that the driver forced to constantly row through the

It’s worth changing up before the ambitious 5000rpm though, as the engine starts to run out of just after four-grand.

We just 6.3 litres of 100km in use, according to the Astra’s computer, which mixed cruising with more country road driving and few opportunities to use the engine stop-start that is standard on the manual Astra.

The engine is relatively too, kicking over at 1750rpm at 110km/h.

Wind noise is more of an at higher speeds while also a prominent rumble the 17-inch Contintental tyres of the Astra Select we tested.

rubber provides generous however, complementing handling is composed if lacking the sharpness of leaders the Focus and Mazda3.

the Astra’s vague steering is its heel. There’s a fair bit of around the straight-ahead position and the needs almost constant with inputs from the to keep the car straight even on

The Opel Astra is based on the platform as the Holden Cruze built in Australia, and employs a front-struts-and-rear-torsion-beam suspension arrangement.

a firmish ride but the Astra is damped and it copes well big hits, though first suggest the Opel isn’t as on typical Australian roads as a VW or Hyundai i30 .

At 4419mm, the Opel is one of the bigger models in the hatchback

Thankfully it’s not wasted there’s a deep boot with a temporary spare and, whether you sit in the front or there’s ample headroom despite that sloping roofline) and legroom.

The rear (with split-folding seatbacks) broad enough to accommodate adults without excessive

It forms part of a Sports Seat Pack costs $2500 and also heated front seats, seat cushion extenders, trim and a rear centre with ski port.

Our Astra car came with a $4500 Pack that includes the Leather Sports Seat and also adds bi-xenon with adaptive forward and LED daytime running lights.

Sat-nav with a 7-inch display and a seven-speaker set-up can be into the mix by buying the $1250 Pack.

Every Opel hatch comes with six active headrests and stability as standard, as well as a five-star crash rating from

Stepping up to the mid-range Select a 132kW 1.6-litre turbo engine into play as an to the 2.0-litre diesel that $4000 more than the version of the base hatch.

pleny of extra equipment, including bigger (17-inch) wheels, auto on/off automatic wipers, parking at both ends, foglamps, seat material, individual control for driver and front electric parking brake and steering wheel.

The Opel Sport, the range-topper of the hatch also aims to live up to its name by employing a lower and suspension set-up plus the of adaptive shock absorbers for

[Our pricing and specification provides more detailed on the full Opel Astra .]

The interior, regardless of what are fitted, is a step up over cabins of old. The perception of is elevated by soft plastics for the top of the dash and door trims, textures used for the centre buttons, and a generally classy and look to the Astra’s switchgear.

also useful storage, a steering wheel includes function buttons, and the trip offers a range of information a digital speedo.

Red ambient under the gearbox that the illumination of the dash controls and cluster is also a smart

It all adds up to a package that, not as sharply priced across the as it could be and short of the Golf#8217;s class, makes the Opel a worthy consideration for small-car

The Astra name deserves to be

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