A stellar hatch
With many awards to its name, the Opel Astra is sure to be a decent offering but in a country like South Africa, where we are extremely brand conscious, it can be tough to prove that you have what it takes. The Astra is impressing the locals with its stylish looks, generous offerings and pleasurable driving experience. Let’s find out more!
This C-segment hatch has an edge to it and straddles the line between a hot hatch and a city hatch. It offers extreme versatility and with its peppy and upbeat attitude and it is a vehicle that very likable. I believe that this Astra is bringing something new to the table and I’m eager to see how it fairs.
The Astra looks cheeky with a chrome strip running through the badge, a chrome exhaust tip and tinted windows. It has a unique flair to it and stands out with a challenging stance and 18-inch alloys exclusive to this model. Head and taillights have LED’s and you can also find DRL, an automatic Headlamp Levelling Control, Automatic On / Off Headlamp Control with Tunnel Detection, Automatic Headlamp Dynamic Control, and Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL). Accompanying the front fog lights is also an IntelliLux LED Matrix Lighting System.
Opel has always gone above and beyond with their interior and the Astra follows this principle. The ergonomic sports front seats have a height adjustment and feature a power lumbar support while the rear bench has a 40/20/40-Split to allow you access to the 370-litre boot which is quite big for a vehicle in its segment. All seats are clad in Sienna leather and are heated for the comfort of the passengers. The sport leather steering wheel also impresses with Speed-Sensitive Power Steering, a Tilt and Telescopic adjustment, toggles for audio and heating while the alloy pedals and ambient lighting finish it off with a quality yet edgy feel.
Enjoy the experience that Opel has to offer with an 8-inch touchscreen Navi 900 IntelliLink infotainment system that has Dynamic Navigation, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary input through six speakers located throughout the vehicle for a quality sound experience. Electronic Climate Control, all-round Power Windows, Power-Folding Side Mirrors, Keyless entry and start, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter Control and Advanced Park-Assist with a Rear-View Camera are comfort features fitted into the Astra for your convenience and pleasure. Although, Opel isn’t only about enjoyment but safety too. The Astra has plenty of safety features like airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Programme, Hill-Start Assist, a Pedal Release System, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage and Side Blind-Zone Alert. The Driver Assistance Pack 1 also compromises of Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance, Lane Keep Assist, Low-Speed Collision Mitigation Braking and Traffic Sign Recognition
So, in my opinion, this Opel falls between a hatch and a hot hatch. It certainly has a bit more vroom to the wheel than your average city vehicle but it doesn’t have that seat-clenching and heart-pumping performance to it like in a hot hatch. I’m a big fan of this because it means that Opel caters to that person in the market who enjoys a bit of fun now and again but doesn’t live life speeding in every journey. It also means that the handling and driving experience is much more enjoyable. This variant is fitted with a 1.6-litre engine that generates a whopping 147kW of power and 280Nm of torque that delivers power to the wheels via a 6-speed auto ‘box. It does have a sport mode switch for when it’s time to put on the sunglasses and get serious.It has a claimed fuel consumption of 6.1-litres per 100km which is quite average for a hatch but if you think about the fact that it is a bit souped-up and that you will be driving this vehicle for a mix of pleasure and economy, this figure looks reasonable.
Where to find it
If this attractive Astra has caught your interest, visit www.ope.co.za to find out more about it!
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler