Introducing the All-New Opel Astra
Blazing a new trail for the ever-popular Opel Astra nameplate, the latest generation of the brand's family hatchback impresses in a number of different ways.
Not only is the all-new Astra sporting revolutionary exterior styling, but it’s also packing an interior unlike any Opel hatchback before it, along with a number of useful gadgets and gismos.
On top of all this exciting stuff, the all-new Astra is available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time, too. This is in addition to the more familiar - but no less excellent - petrol and diesel engines that you can select.
Design is where the all-new Astra will appeal to the hearts of buyers, and practicality is where the heads will be convinced. The dramatically styled exterior is set off initially by Opel's new 'Vizor' front grille, which is complemented by muscular rear haunches and a taut stance.
Having grown lengthways by 4mm and 51mm over the previous generation, the all-new Astra also gains a 13mm longer wheelbase too, meaning extra room on the inside. The boot is more than decent at 422 litres in capacity: providing plenty of room for a pushchair or two and the weekly shop.
Opel proudly boast that the AGR ergonomic seats fitted to the all-new Astra are 'the best that the compact class has to offer', meaning that good posture and a relaxed, comfortable driving experience are guaranteed.
Technology is another area where the all-new Astra has taken a massive step up. Climb inside the cabin and you're greeted by Opel's Pure Panel fully digital cockpit, which was first seen in the Mokka.
This system comprises of two integrated 10-inch displays, one of which contains the infotainment and sat nav functionality, with the other presenting you with essential driver information such as your speed, rev counter and trip computer.
Safety is at the heart of everything Opel do, and that means standard equipment levels are extremely high on the all-new Astra. Available features include:
From launch, there will be petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid variants of the All-New Astra. We've highlighted the available drivetrains below:
Petrol / Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
1.2-litre producing 110bhp (up to 52.3mpg and between 123 to 125g/km CO2)
1.2-litre producing 130bhp (up to 52.3mpg and between 122 to 127g/km CO2)
1.6-litre plug-in hybrid producing 180bhp (up to 256.8mpg and between 24 to 31g/km CO2)
1.6-litre plug-in hybrid producing 225bhp (up to 256.8mpg and between 24 to 31g/km CO2)
1.5-litre producing 130bhp (up to 64.3mpg and between 113 to 121g/km CO2)
It's worth noting that the regular petrol and diesel engines come as standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the diesel engine and 130bhp petrol variant are available with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on the hybrids.
To give the Astra range an even wider appeal, the new Sports Tourer estate features additional touches such as smarter loading, thanks to the advanced Intelli-Space system.
The new model sports innovative space, enhanced by lots of helpful attributes, including lashing-eyes, two-level flat load-floor, and clever underfloor storage lockers. The boot of the Astra Sports Tourer provides 40/20/40 split-folding rear seatbacks with easy-fold function, holding up to 608-litres of storage space with the rear seats upright, and up to 1,634-litres when folded.
Step inside to find the new and improved digitally detoxed Pure Panel that streamlines driver information. The Ergonomic Active Front Seats allow for a relaxing drive with the luxury ventilation and massage function.
Enjoy the welcome touch of space, technology, and premium comfort, thanks to new state-of-the-art connectivity.
The all-new Astra is a huge leap forward for Opel. Its design, technology and powertrains have all moved the game on considerably in the family hatchback segment, while the practicality and comfort traits of old remain firmly in place.
For more information or to book a test drive, contact us here at Johnson & Perrott, Douglas. The home of Opel in Cork.