130 hp diesel engine
The sixth generation of Opel Astra is a pure product of the Stellantis group. The German compact shares many technical elements with the Peugeot 308, Citroën C4 and DS 4. Namely, the platform, the engines as well as the driving aids. It is up to each brand to choose which parts to take from the common organ bank.
Despite the gradual implementation of ZFE (Low Emission Zones) which will theoretically prohibit access to the most recent diesel vehicles (Crit’Air 2) from 2024 in urban areas with more than 150,000 inhabitants, Opel did not wish remove the diesel offer from its catalog.
The Opel Astra 1.5 D is tested here in the top-of-the-range “Ultimate” finish (€37,770). It features the two-tone roof, Matrix lights and 18” rims.
The compact takes over the 1.5 BlueHdi developed by PSA. It is a four-cylinder 130 hp associated with a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic gearbox (Aisin) for an additional €1,800. This engine is distinguished in the first place by its low consumption.
Average consumption of 5.6 l/100 km on a mainly extra-urban route
During our 500 km test carried out on a course mainly composed of extra-urban roads, we noted an average of 5.6 l / 100 km. An excellent score well helped by a contained weight. Namely 1,438 kg for our top-of-the-range “Ultimate” version. In addition, its low CO2 emissions (117 g/km) allow it to escape the ecological malus. Within the catalog, this engine is the most recommendable for large rollers because with its 52-litre tank, it will allow you to achieve without stress more than 1,000 km with a full tank.
Noisy by nature, when cold, the 4-cylinder knows how to be more discreet afterwards, in particular thanks to good soundproofing of the passenger compartment. Its performance is not lightning (0 to 100 km / h in 10.6 s) but the torque of 300 Nm offers good times that allow you to overtake without anticipating too much. A higher level of power would not have displeased us just to benefit more from the good chassis of the German. The automatic gearbox is a major ally that enhances driving comfort in town. However, the German proves to be more comfortable on the main roads than in urban areas where the 4-cylinder can be a little rough.
The Astra is based on the Stellantis group’s EMP2 platform optimized for weight and hybrid engines. The latter gives the compact an efficient and even playful handling. Body movements are non-existent and the front end is responsive and communicative. Unfortunately, this dynamism comes at the expense of the level of comfort, at least for our test version fitted with 18” rims fitted with low-profile tires. The low-speed damping is firm, too, the suspensions seeming to be frozen at the slightest imperfection of the road. The firmness of the AGR ergonomic seats, here as standard, does not help. If you want more comfort, choose a lower mount. At steady speed on the motorway, the level of comfort regains points thanks to the good soundproofing of air and road noise.
To afford the services of the diesel block, it will be necessary to pay a minimum of 32,770 €. At this price, you will benefit from the main current equipment such as the keyless start or the 10” touch screen compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly. To obtain a well-equipped mid-range equipped with the automatic transmission, it will be necessary to invest around €35,000, which places the Astra in the market average.
The Astra of modern times takes care of its image with a design that seems to be unanimous with passers-by. The “Vizor” front face, this grille-headlamp assembly on a black background and the salient lines found on the bonnet and the bumpers give the compact a real personality. The two-tone roof (from GS Line level) underlines the contrast. On board, the German favors ergonomics, offering a clear layout and intuitive controls. The quality of presentation is there. Note that now the Astra exclusively offers USB-C ports for smartphone charging.
4.38 m long, the Astra is one of the largest in its class. However, she is not positioned as the best student in terms of hospitality. Rear space is average low with limited headroom and average knee room for passengers over 1m80. The trunk is well sized with 422 liters and a modular floor. It is possible to fall back on the station wagon body sold around €1,200 more and also compatible with the diesel engine.