Remember this? It’s called Astra. It’s ASTR A.
You may not have seen one in years, which is why they spelled it out in large letters at the back.
Not long ago they didn’t need badges because they were everywhere.
Hatch, estate, saloon, convertible, coupe, van. . . There is an Astra for everyone. I bet you own one, rent one, or someone in your family has had one, at some point in the past 40 years.
So what has changed? Why have they become less common than hearing aids now?
I can’t remember the last time Astra was in the top ten. Well, the answer is, it’s mostly your fault.
You all want SUVs. Or a hatch with a luxury badge, like an A-Class or A3.
But I’m happy to say that Astra is still alive and developing and has been remodeled for the modern world.
It looks fine. When was the last time you said that about Astra? Even Jurgen Klopp likes that.
Plus, it’s tech-rich, comfortable, and you can have any flavor you like: Hatch or Estate, petrol or diesel, plug-in hybrid or, from 2023, all-electric. If bosses reinvent the Astravan as an EV, Vauxhall will clean up. Love an Astravan.
Yep, pricing. The basic 1.2-litre petrol blueprint costs £24k. Financing from £279 a month.
That reduces the value of a Golf and surprisingly comes equipped with dual 10-inch screens and wireless Apple CarPlay. But you wouldn’t want that. You would take a look at the GS Line and do it instead.
The £26,700 GS series unlocks the ‘black package’ – black roof, badges, alloys, headrests – as well as intelligent adaptive cruise control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. All you need, then.
The top-of-the-range Ultimate version costs £30,000 and adds a head-up display, massage seats, panoramic glass roof, 360-degree parking camera and fancy pixelated LED headlights. I still want to take GS Line.
Klopp loves Astra and so do we
I will give you three predictions about what Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp drives on a daily basis.
Bentley Bentayga? Is not.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan? Is not.
Range Rover? Is not.
As if I couldn’t like him more than I did, Klopp moved on to coach at Vauxhall Insignia.
In fact, it’s an Insignia with an Opel badge because he’s an ambassador for the German brand.
That’s why he had to try the new Astra even before the journalists drove.
“I had the opportunity to drive an Astra plug-in hybrid in camouflage – really impressive,” said Klopp.
“Quiet and powerful at the same time, handling almost a sports car. And design – bold, innovative, creative. Well done, Opel. ”
Top class manager, top celebrity and obviously not a bad reviewer either.
We tried two powertrains: The 1.2 turbo petrol and the 1.5-litre petrol/electric plug-in hybrid, which are great for company car emissions and taxes.
The 180hp plug-in hybrid has an electric range of up to 43 miles and real-world economy of around 80mpg. We love how the speedometer turns blue when you’re on battery power only. It stays white the rest of the time.
Other observations. You sit nice and low in the new Astra. It has buttons for the essentials – and a properly sized steering wheel. Not like a Peugeot 308.
At this point, I should probably explain that Astra and 308 are sisters. Same chassis, engine and power, different hairstyle. But I would say that the Astra feels more stretchy and substantial than the 308. And a bit more game.
Handling and body control, at all speeds and on all roads, are superb.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is, the chassis can easily handle more growl and I’m looking forward to trying the spicier 225hp plug-in hybrid when it comes around. Maybe even a GSE?
However, I have a few puzzling things. Decorative black piano. I pass it. The center tunnel is a bit high (it hides the 12-volt battery in the hybrid). And life is a bit cramped in the back. Also, it should be green. Hybrid £4k more.
But overall, the Astra is a pretty decent family engine and an antidote to mediocre SUVs.
I learned to drive in an Astra. My ex-girl has a Mk2 GTE. Maybe one day my kids will have a story about Astra too.
Engine: 1.2 liter 3-round turbocharger
Power: 110hp, 230Nm
0-62mph: 9.7 seconds
Max speed: 130mph
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