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Opel Astra

New Opel Astra 2016 preserves readily recognizable bodywork features, although the background has been altered. The 5th-generation hatchback (K-body) received more pronounced sports styling as well as modified interior. Along with a 5/3-door hatch, the model lineup includes Sports Tourer and Notchback versions, aimed at family people & off-road drivers. Detailed Opel Astra review is provided below.

Exterior Changes

The 2016 Astra hatchback features 4370x1460x1814 mm dimensions & 2662 mm wheelbase. The D2XX platform, which formed the basis for the vehicle, allowed the designers to reduce the curb weight by 120-200 kg (depending on the modification).

The bodywork distinguishes itself by new long-life adaptive LED head & rear optics (Intelli Lux LED) that fits harmoniously into the aerodynamic styling. Each block of lamps entails eight LEDs; besides, there are fog lamps with heightened ingression. The adjustment of lights is by way of Opel Eye camera. This smart camera is able to read traffic signs, keep distance to the front car just to make driving safe and comfortable to the full.

The chassis rests on 17/18-inch alloy wheels. Clearance index was reduced as well as a roofline. Turn lights were replaced to the front side panels; the front grille was revised, along with both bumpers & C-pillar. Higher trims are offered with an optional power sunroof with an integrated deflector and sun visors.

What’s Inside?

The cabin underwent more conspicuous alterations. Opel has totally revised the dashboard, including the cockpit and electronics. The central stack lacks multiple buttons which are now replaced by a large infotainment display (IntelliLink); the latter supports Apple CarPlay & Android Auto software.

Top trims boast multifunction orthopedic front seats (leather upholstery) with 18 adjustments (+ ventilation & massage). Rear passengers are blessed to have 35 cm more legroom, as compared with the Astra of the previous generation. In addition, there is an advanced navigation system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic accents in trimming, etc.

The list of optional equipment is rich in various boons: AirWellness stack that odorizes the saloon with green tea of wood flavor; a smartphone holder; R300 BT radio receiver, Bluetooth connectivity with hands-free calling, and a pair of USB ports.

Electronics involves lots of modern safety systems, i.e. traffic signs monitoring, Lane Keeping assist, trip-computer, collision alert, extreme braking, blind zone monitoring, a rearview camera, automatic parking assist, and many more facilities.

Under-the-Hood Filling

We can’t but mention in Opel Astra review the selection of 2016 powertrains. The 5th generation hatchback is shipped with three engines: a) a 3-cylinder 1.0-liter ECOTEC petrol, yielding 105 horsepower; b) a 1.4-liter ECOTEC with Turbo option, generating 145 horsepower & 250 nm of torque; c) a 1.6-liter CDTI diesel, rated at 95/140/170 horsepower.

All engines come bundled with a 5/6-speed manual transmission that weighs only 37 kg (automatic gearbox is offered as an option). There is also a semi-automatic Easytronic 3.0 transmission with sport driving mode option. The powerplant supports EcoFlex technology that cuts fuel consumption and emissions index. Furthermore, EcoFlex Drive Assist system is called to ensure an optimal driving mode.

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