Hybrid or diesel? New Opel Astra in the first test

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Hybrid as a diesel replacement? New Opel Astra in the first test

Hybrid or diesel? New Opel Astra in the first test-opel
Manufacturer Opel Astra as a plug-in hybrid

  • Site author Jurgen Wolff

The Astra, emerged from the former Opel Kadett, is now rolling up in the sixth generation: technically and optically completely revised, not only as usual with diesel and combustion engine, but also partial electrically as plug-in hybrid.

It can be seen from the outside that the Russelsheimers have sailed efficiently. With 4.374 mm length, 2.062 mm width and 1.The dimensions of the golf competitor have remained almost identical. Visually, however, the designers have re -sharpened. The Astra, which builds on the further developed EMP2 platform, is wearing the "Vizor" branded brand face at the front. The black band with the flash logo in the middle should show strength and dynamics and make the Astra appear wider.

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To the left and right the front is collected by two slim headlights with a matrix technology, which was taken from the Insignia. The "Intelli-Lux LED Pixel Licht" is composed of 84 LED elements on each side and is intended to prevent the glare from traveling in front. Within milliseconds, the LEDs all over the same way and further illuminate the other areas with full high beam.

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Opel has also completely revised the interior. The first thing you notice is that there is no more analogue instruments, there is a full digitles pannel on the cockpit. Immediately in front of the driver, even when it is full of solar radiation, the most important displays such as the current speed, tank filling, etc.

Operation: No touchscreen overkill

Right of this navigation, vehicle settings, and entertainment. For an additional charge, Opel also delivers a head-up display for the Astra. The most important settings such as air conditioning, seat heating & Co. gratifyingly do not have to be worked out laboriously through various screen menus. For them there are normal and also securable push buttons while driving.

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Opel also offers seats in the Astra for an additional cost.V.“Are certified. You can tell that the frequently adjustable seats are not just a product from the Russelsheimer marketing department after longer trips: you arrive relaxed and without stiff bones. There is plenty of space in the fifth door, especially at the front.

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Space: it gets tight in the back

In the back, on the other hand, it quickly gets tight around the knees for larger passengers. However, the others cannot do better in the compact class: the VW Golf is cut similarly at the back, even the C-Class from Mercedes is not exactly a space miracle in the second row. There is space for up to 352 liters of luggage in the rear, with a reversed rear seat up to 1268 liters.Annoying: The seat belts cannot be adjusted in height on the C -pillar – this makes the straps uncomfortable depending on the body size. Driving assistance systems with numerous cameras and sensors around the car now adapt to the pace in curves, make speed recommendations or carry out semi -automatic track change.

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When driving, Opel offers the usual range of petrol and diesel engines in the new Astra. There is also a plug-in hybrid in two performance levels, which can be charged via a socket on the back left side. The battery is full after about two hours on a 22 kW wall box. System services of 81 kW / 110 hp and 165 kW / 225 PS are offered. The "small" hybrid comes to a WLTP consumption of one liter per 100 kilometers, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 22 grams.

Drive: everything in it – petrol engine, diesel or hybrid electro

The pressure on the start button activates the Opel Astra in pure electric mode. You can choose the usual stages of the automatic via a small rocker switch on the center console. The hybrid astra rolls silently. The trips in the near area are then easily possible electrically. The Astra is pulling forward powerfully and without interruptions.

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From 0 to 100 km/h it needs just 7.6 seconds. In the electrical mode, the top speed is 135 km/h, otherwise it is 225 km/h. Switching from the electric drive to the 1.6-liter petrol engine is almost unnoticed. The engine noise is minimal, you feel the gear change of the automatic. According to Opel, according to Opel, with the 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery up to 60 kilometers of range, we came up with the same value on our exit in Portugal before the petrol engine jumped.

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Prices: no increase – but also no special offer

The steering in the plug-in hybrid is direct and precise. In the diesel model, however, she made a rather vague impression. The chassis of the new Astra with McPherson spring leg at the front and composite steering axis in the back is used as usual "sporty". The Opel passes on almost every bump to the occupants. The road holding is excellent for this: the compact pulls by laithful for curves, hardly has to be corrected when straight outing and the tendency of the crispy series when changing loads is hardly available.The prices for the new Opel Astra start as with the predecessor from 22.469 euros. It is then equipped with an 81 kW / 110 hp three-cylinder petrol engine. The hybrid with 180 hp is available from 35.800 euros, minus the environmental bonus remain 28.623 euros purchase price left. The purely electrically powered Astra-e should then exist from the beginning of 2023.

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2 thoughts on “Hybrid or diesel? New Opel Astra in the first test”

  1. After all
    I’m not a big Opel fan. However, it is very good that you could not tear yourself down in the interior only on touch display for the operation. This is a stupid solution that is very dangerous. Blind buttons to be found that enable a function without searching in menus are the first choice for certain functions and have proven themselves for decades. The crap the Tesla started can be safely forgotten. I am surprised that such nonsense receives an approval at all. And no, I am not a refuse to progress if it is a progress. What these unspeakable touch controls are not. Anyone who knows the feeling on a good hi -fi system to operate a controller from the full milled controller knows what I’m talking about.

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  2. After all
    I’m not a big Opel fan. However, it is very good that you could not tear yourself down in the interior only on touch display for the operation. This is a stupid solution that is very dangerous. Blind buttons to be found that enable a function without searching in menus are the first choice for certain functions and have proven themselves for decades. The crap the Tesla started can be safely forgotten. I am surprised that such nonsense receives an approval at all. And no, I am not a refuse to progress if it is a progress. What these unspeakable touch controls are not. Anyone who knows the feeling on a good hi -fi system to operate a controller from the full milled controller knows what I’m talking about.

    Reply

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