Comparing the old and the new Astra would be just a waste of time, it's just like throwing your grandpa in the ring to fight against Arnold Schwarzenegger. And we're not claiming that your grandpa has no fighting skills but Alois (yes! Schwarzenegger second name is Alois!) probably learned a thing or two from the “Terminator” series.
To get back to the point, the new Astra is offered with many, many improvements, regardless if we're discussing about the exterior, the interior or the technical bits fitted under the body.
In terms of exterior styling, Astra J looks a lot sportier, with a more aggressive design that follows the same language started by Opel with the debut of the Insignia. A new grille, extended headlights and a coupe-ish silhouette contribute to a combination of what Opel calls “sculptural artistry with German precision”. Although we won't go so far and swallow Opel's marketing bulls**t, the new model is indeed a lot more attractive and the aggressive stance on the road seems just what the Astra lineup needed for its hatchback configuration.
To continue the comparison between the old and the fresh model, it's worth mentioning that Opel has changed the hatchback's dimensions a little bit, thus gaining increased stability and better driving dynamics. The wheelbase is 71mm (2.8 inches) longer, while the front and the rear now measure 1544mm (60.7 inches) and 1588 in width (62.5 inches), respectively. Both the front and the rear tracks have been modified, being increased by 56mm (2.2 inches) and 70mm (2.7 inches), respectively.
A closer look at the Astra clearly shows that Opel has paid a lot more attention to details and it just seems that minor things make all the difference. The new grille, surrounded by chrome accents, chrome strips along the side windows as well as more elegant lines at the back of the car make the new Astra a much more appealing vehicle on the road.
Of course, refreshing the exterior design is not at all a bad thing, especially when talking about more elegant and modern lines. Let's just take Megan Fox for example. She was astonishingly beautiful before plastic surgery but she's now absolutely gorgeous. This is what happened to the Astra, too. It looked good, but it's even better now.Continue reading
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