180 horsepower on a compact hatchback is pretty impressive and how else could you test the full amount of power if not by getting out of the extremely crowded places we use to call cities? Outside the city, the Astra feels as good as a fish in the water and every strong acceleration proves that the 1.6-liter Turbo engine deserves every cent. Unfortunately, the engine is among the select group of features that manage to raise to the expectations.
Without referring at all to its competition, Opel Astra seems to provide a decent stability but don't expect too much help when it comes to over and understeering though. It does offer you ABS and Brake Assist, ESP, CBC and EBD, but, as a general advice, don't rely too much on them, especially on icy roads. They don't do wonders at all.
A longer journey with the new Astra will surely give you a great feeling, mostly thanks to the engine and the amount of power it provides, but could certainly leave you a bad taste in your mouth from many point of views.
Comfort is definitely not one of the aspects that could be considered Astra's ace up its sleeve and paying around EUR20,000 for the new German compact doesn't bring you more than cruise control, MP3 audio system with 7 speakers, electrochromic interior mirror, light and rain sensors, front power windows, manual air conditioning and power mirrors. Instead, you won't get the mandatory on-board computer, a very comfy front armrest, a mix of leather and textiles for the seats, dual-zone air conditioning, sport seats and many others.
We're not claiming that Astra falls behind competition in the standard equipment race, because Opel has always emphasized that its models are better equipped and more affordable than the other vehicles in their classes, but you might have to take a look on the options list for a lot of features.
The trunk should basically be large enough for any of you, as Opel offers buyers the possibility to adjust the volume depending on their needs. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 370 liters up to the cover, 795 liters with the rear seats backs folded forward (up to seats backs) and 1235 liters with rear seats backs folded forward (up to ceiling).
Leaving all these things aside, the revised Astra is certainly better than its predecessor and the 1.6-liter turbo engine could be the secret weapon that might steal some clients from Volkswagen's portfolio. The maximum speed, 221 km/h (137.3 mph) and the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in just 8.5 seconds make it a really powerful contender in the compact hatchback class.
Fuel consumption outside the city is, at least on paper, 5.6 l/100km (42 mpg) and our math skills proved that reality doesn't go too far from this point. The best we could get was somewhere around 7.0 l/100km (33.6 mpg), in Tour mode and without letting our heavy foot touch the throttle pedal too often.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
OK guys, I think you want me to talk about the car and not about that striking smell inside it. Because this Astra stinks like my nephew after he throws up on his clothes. I suspect Lou Cheeka brought that smell in the car, he really doesn't look like the kind of guy that pays attention to personal hygiene.
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