2015 Opel Astra | new car review

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by
2015 Opel Astra
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 78,000 - 135,000
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

  • Astra
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  • Last modified: December 11, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 85%
    User: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 91%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
    User: 78%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
    User: 91%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
    User: 92%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%
    User: 71%

Review Summary:

Around since 1991, the has flourished from a car that was a public embarrassment to be behind the wheel of, into a vehicle that is nothing short of striking. While it may come as a three-door , a five-door and a sedan too, one must question if its pretty face is enough to ward off the competition hailing from Japan and America.

Pros

* Exterior styling is sure to turn heads as it cruises along the highway or rips up the twistiest piece of tarmac.

Cons

* Overload of buttons in the centre console leads the driver to feel more like an airline pilot.

Looks

Indistinguishable from the front end, subtle differences in the fog lamp housings, bumpers and grille, are all that separate the sedan from its hatchback siblings. While the rear end of the hatchback could very well be referred to as the Kim Kardashian of the automotive world, the sedan encompasses a distinctively Astra DNA to its styling. Facing competition from the Japanese Mazda3 and American Chevrolet Cruze, the German Astra trumps its rivals, as far as aesthetics are concerned.

2014 Opel Astra front

Feels

While a combination of leather, silver trim and a splash of hard plastics makes up the cabin of the Astra, there’s no denying it’s a lot nicer than the homely feel the guys at Chevrolet were after, when they went ahead and applied a carpet sort of material to their dashboard and door panels. Although the plethora of controls that adorn the centre console of the 2015 Opel Astra may seem threatening at first, it’s all quite simple once you learn your way around it.

2014 Opel Astra interior

Engineering

With a touch of the FlexRide button, the Opel Astra shuffles between Tour and Sport modes and alters its driving dynamics accordingly. Using Continuous Damping Control (CDC) technology, FlexRide automatically adjusts the dampers for optimum grip. In ‘Tour’ mode, it chooses the best settings for gentler, straight-line driving, while in Sport mode, it instantly sharpens the response of the speed-sensitive steering, accelerator and automatic transmission.

2014 Opel Astra rear -2

On offer

Mated to a six speed automatic transmission, is the choice of a turbocharged 1.4 litre 4-cylinder engine, or a normally aspirated 1.6 litre unit. While the former spits out an impressive 140 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, the tamer 1.6 litre emits a calm 115 horsepower and 155 Nm of torque. When sporting the OPC badge on its rear end, the meaner Astra hides a 2.0 litre twin turbocharged engine under its hood, which whips out 280 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque while being mated to a six speed manual transmission.

2014 Opel Astra rear

Verdict

While the 2015 Opel Astra sports a starting price of AED 78,000 -which is in line with its competition-, you really have to ask yourself what was going through their mind when they slapped an AED 135,000 price tag onto the Astra OPC. In hot hatch territory, the OPC is not much more than an overpriced German, since it costs significantly more than the Ford Focus ST, while only offering marginally better performance.

Specifications

Specifications2015 Opel Astra 1.4L2015 Opel Astra 1.6L2015 Opel Astra 2.0L
Engine/ Cylinders1.4 litre turbo / 4 cyl1.6 litre / 4 cyl2.0 litre twin turbo / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
140 hp @ 4,900 RPM115 hp @ 6,000 RPM280 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
200 Nm @ 5,450 RPM155 Nm @ 4,000 RPM400 Nm @ 4,500 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic6 speed automatic6 speed manual
DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.8 secs12.0 secs6.2 secs
Top speed200 km/h190 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 92,000AED 78,000AED 135,000

One Response to 2015 Opel Astra | new car review

  1. Abdulla Reply

    June 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    • Exterior
      90%
    • Interior
      91%
    • Quality
      78%
    • Features
      91%
    • Performance
      92%
    • Value for money
      71%
    • Rated 5 stars

    The best car ever

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