Opel will launch itself into Australia's hugely competitive small-car market in September with the Astra five-door Hatch and Tourer wagon, along with the three-door Astra GTC. The new sedan will not be offered in Australia.
Local pricing for all three cars has been revealed today, with the practical Astra kicking off at $23,990 in hatch form and $27,990 for the wagon. The sporting Astra GTC will enter at $28,990.
While it will share the honour with the Cruze and the Golf, the Astra will have one advantage over the strong-selling Mazda3 and i30 cars: the option of a wagon body.
Astra Hatch and Sports Tourer wagon
Depending on specification, the Astra range will be offered with two petrol engines and one diesel engine. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available.
Buyers shopping for a petrol option will choose from a 1.4 litre turbo engine - the same unit driving the Cruze 1.4 iTi - or a larger 1.6 litre turbo option.
The 1.4 litre engine produces 103kW and 200Nm of torque. Matched with a six-speed manual transmission, fuel consumption is listed at 5.9 l/100km, while the six-speed auto lists 6.7 l/100km. (6.9 for the Sports Tourer automatic.)
Opel promises a 0-100km/h time of 9.9 seconds for the manual hatch, and 10.2 seconds for the auto hatch. The auto-only Sports Tourer lists a 10.8 second sprint.
The 1.6 litre engine delivers 132kW and 230Nm. Fuel consumption is listed at 7.0 l/100km with the manual, and 7.3 l/100km with the auto.
The 0-100km/h time falls to 8.5 seconds in the manual hatch, and 9.0 for the auto. The auto-only Sports Tourer lists 9.5 seconds.
In 2.0 litre CDTi turbodiesel form, output is rated at 121kW and 350Nm. The manual lists fuel consumption at 4.7 l/100km, and the auto at 5.9 l/100km (equal to the auto-only Sports Tourer.)
The diesel boasts a 0-100km/h time of 9.0 seconds for the manual, and 7.9 seconds for the auto (and for the Sports Tourer).
The Astra's suspension package includes McPherson struts at the front and a Watt's link arrangement at the rear, with both standard in the five-door and wagon bodies.
The three-door Astra GTC is available with both the 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol engines. While the 1.4 litre model can be had with six-speed manual and auto transmissions, the 1.6 litre model gets the manual only.
With the 103kW 1.4, the GTC lists fuel consumption at 6.0 l/100km for the manual, and 6.9 l/100km for the auto.
The 0-100km/h sprint is complete in 9.9 second for the manual, and 10.3 seconds for the auto.
The 132kW 1.6 GTC lists fuel use at 7.3 l/100km, with the 0-100km/h sprint covered in 8.3 seconds.
The GTC benefits from a more sports-focused HiPerStrut front suspension package, along with a specially tuned Watt's link arrangement at the rear.
Standard features for the basic 1.4 petrol and 2.0 turbodiesel models include 16-inch alloy wheels and a space-saver steel spare, halogen projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front and rear foglights, a rear spoiler, automatic headlights and wipers.
There is also a tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column, sports front seats, Mondial leather-accented trim, power windows, steering-mounted audio controls, cruise control, leather steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors, iPod/USB/aux/Bluetooth connectivity (phone only for Bluetooth), remote keyless entry, trip computer.
For the Astra 'Select' 1.6 petrol and 2.0 litre diesel models, additional features include 17-inch alloy wheels and space-saver steel spare, OPC line exterior and interior styling pack, leather seats and steering, satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, electric park brake will hill-start assist.
The top-shelf Astra Sport 1.6 petrol adds 18-inch wheels, OPC line exterior and interior pack, premium climate pack, HiPerStrut front suspension, Navi900 premium audio and navigation and a 7-inch display.
Depending on specification, options packs include the Lux pack, Navi navigation pack, Leather Sports Seats pack, Premium Forward Lighting pack, and the Prestige pack. There is also the option of Opel's FlexRide adaptive chassis system and 19-inch alloy wheels. See your Opel dealer for details.
Safety features across the range include dual front, front side and curtain airbags, electronic stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, active headrests, pedal release system.
Along with its own unique body and styling kit, the three-door Astra GTC 1.4 gets 18-inch alloy wheels and a space-saver steel spare, sports chassis with HiPerStrut front suspension, chrome highlights, projector headlights, sports front seats, cloth and leather trim, and a leather sports steering wheel. The GTC's features are otherwise shared with the regular Astra.
In 1.6 litre form, the GTC adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, and the OPC line interior and exterior pack, along with the additional features in the five-door 1.6 models.
Rear storage capacity in the Astra five-door is listed at 370 litres with the rear seats upright, and 1235 litres when laid flat.
For the Sports Tourer wagon, capacity grows to 500 litres with the rear seats up, and 1500 litres when flat.
In GTC form, rear storage capacity is 380 litres with the rear seats up, growing to 1165mm with the rear seats laid flat.
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- Opel Astra - 1.4 Petrol MT - $23,990
- Opel Astra - 1.4 Petrol AT - $25,990
- Opel Astra - 2.0 Diesel MT S /S - $27,990
- Opel Astra - 2.0 Diesel AT - $29,990
- Opel Astra Select - 1.6 Petrol MT - $28,990
- Opel Astra Select - 1.6 Petrol AT - $30,990
- Opel Astra Select - 2.0 Diesel MT S /S - $31,990
- Opel Astra Select - 2.0 Diesel AT - $33,990
- Opel Astra Sports - 1.6 Petrol MT - $33,490
- Opel Astra Sports - 1.6 Petrol AT - $35,490
Sports Tourer wagon
- Opel Astra - 1.4 Petrol AT - $27,990
- Opel Astra - 2.0 Diesel AT - $31,990
- Opel Astra Select - 1.6 Petrol AT - $32,990
- Opel Astra Select - 2.0 Diesel AT - $35,990
Astra GTC three-door
- Opel Astra GTC - 1.4 Petrol MT S/S - $28,990
- Opel Astra GTC - 1.4 Petrol AT - $30,990
- Opel Astra GTC Sport - 1.6 Petrol MT - $34,990
Note: prices exclude on-road costs.