Opel Astra 1.2 130 HP (2022): how much does the only petrol version cost?

SHORTLY SPEAKING

compact sedan

One petrol engine

From 29 500 euros

Like all conventional brands, Opel has been in the compact sedan segment for years. Thus, the Kadett existed for 61 years, then the last one was replaced in 1991 by the Astra, which is now in its 6th generation. Thus, Opel is a major player in this segment both in Europe and in France. Thus, Astra is the brand’s best-selling model in the world, with 15 million units sold in five generations. However, the Rasselheim-based brand has never been able to compete in France with French brands and in particular with the Peugeot 308, which dominated the market for many years. Today, the German manufacturer entering the Stellantis galaxy seems to be better equipped to win in this category. Opel therefore relied heavily on the group’s organ bank and used the EMP2 platform, which was also used for the Peugeot 308 and DS 4.

The Astra can get Matrix LED headlights, which is rare on the market.
The new grille, called Vizor, emphasizes the Astra's strong personality.
The new grille, called Vizor, emphasizes the Astra’s strong personality.
Dynamism is also on the side of the strongly inclined C-pillar.
Dynamism is also on the side of the strongly inclined C-pillar.

Despite the shared mechanical elements, there are no similarities between the Astra and its cousins. The conquest phase of the Astra is primarily associated with assertive, modern and seductive design. The front end is characterized above all by the ornate Vizor grille, consisting of a grille assembly and a headlight embellished with a black strip that connects the adaptive matrix headlights (option: 1300 euros). Rare equipment is still in the compact station wagon segment. The proportions are transformed by straight lines, a long horizontal bonnet marked by a central edge that is symmetrically at the level of the 3rd brake light, a very prominent rear shoulder and a very sloping rear fascia whose dynamism is enhanced by the two-tone bodywork (black roof) available with this trim.

On the dashboard is a double digital panel.  The design is modern but the atmosphere is a bit sad.
On the dashboard is a double digital panel. The design is modern but the atmosphere is a bit sad.

Inside, the revolution continues. Astra is already in the 21st century. To see this, just discover the Pure Panel, the name chosen by Opel to characterize the double slab, which includes two 10-inch instrument screens and a multimedia screen. The former can be passed on the windshield at high levels. It’s a pity that the graphics are so simple and the ergonomics are somewhat complicated. Defects that do not concern the multimedia screen, whose operating system represents a real advancement over the previous generation in terms of use. It’s a pity that it has to deal with many bugs, especially in terms of compatibility with AppleCarplay and AndroidAuto.

The quality of materials is also progressing, especially the upper part of the dashboard, but it’s a shame that the atmosphere is completely sad. Thankfully, colored inserts in the same color as the bodywork are present on the dash or door panels in this GS Line trim.

Roominess in the back is average, but no more.
Roominess in the back is average, but no more.
The volume of 422 liters ensures a good loading volume.
The volume of 422 liters ensures a good loading volume.

Practical aspects are average with 422 liters of boot space. Roominess in the back is average.

Test - Opel Astra 1.2 130 HP  (2022): how much does the only petrol version available cost?

Under the hood of the Astra, there is nothing surprising, as there are well-known blocks from Stellantis, namely the BlueHDI 130 hp. in diesel, plug-in hybrids 180 and 225 hp, and Puretech 130 hp, and that’s it with us. for this test. As usual with this engine, this one alternates between good and bad. Thus, thanks to its 3-cylinder architecture and 250 Nm of torque, it has a certain tone, as evidenced by the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds. The other side of the coin is that the 1.2-liter turbo engine is still noisy during the acceleration phases. On the other hand, this time the consumption that we noted during our test is less important than usual, since it is 7 l / 100 km. Not exceptional, but not catastrophic either. Combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, the entire system delivers convincing performance all over the world.

Test - Opel Astra 1.2 130 HP  (2022): how much does the only petrol version available cost?

The main progress concerns behavior. Having occupied the EMP2 platform, Astra wins in dynamics, but this is not done at the expense of comfort, but quite the opposite. The Astra is not a copy of the 308. The settings for the shock absorbers, brakes, anti-roll bars, as well as the steering calibration have all been done by Opel to offer a brand-specific driving philosophy. And you can see it while driving. The steering is less sharp and less direct. The German plays more obediently and relies more on versatility. The damping is also stiffer without sacrificing comfort. This new generation succeeded in correcting one of the main complaints of the General Motors version of Opel, namely the excessive weight of the cars. As a result, even if the Astra is heavier than the 308, it now comes standard, allowing it to gain agility that ultimately gives it a fun-loving temperament with total safety. And the icing on the cake: those who hate the i-cockpit and its small steering wheel due to poor readability will be able to find what they are looking for with this Astra in the traditional driving position.

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