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Astra Vauxhall is another name of Open Astra which has already developed into several generations after Opel Kadett. The latest generation is Sedan Opel Astra J, which is going to be described in Astra Vauxhall Review. Among other models of Astra J there are hatchback, station wagon, coupe and convertible. Sedan Astra J appeared on the world market in 2012, when the German company has updated C-Class model of the fourth generation, represented before as a hatchback, “coupé GTC” and wagon Sports Tourer. From the previous model the car is different with significantly altered exterior, improved interior and refined powertrains. Four-door car is built on the platform Delta-2.
At the same size of wheelbase with a hatchback (equal to 2 685 mm) and the station wagon Opel Astra J, sedan has received other dimensions: length - 4658 mm, width - 1814 mm, height - 1500 mm. Thus, the model is 71 mm longer than the five-door hatchback and 40 mm shorter than the wagon, as well as lower than it “brothers” in the 10 and 35 mm, respectively. Curb weight - from 1 400 to 1 470 kg (depending on version). Ground clearance is 165 mm. As a representative of the compact C-Class the car can carry up to five passengers. However, the third man in the back bench may feel a bit uncomfortable.
The luggage compartment is 460 liters, if you fold the back seats this figure increases to 1 010 liters. Basic configuration offers folding proportion 40:60, and under the luggage compartment floor there is a place for a full-size spare tire.
The car is equipped with safety systems and driver assistance, including dynamic stabilization system ESP, ABS, electro-hydraulic or electric power steering (SSPS), hill-start assist/system, a system of monitoring the “blind” zones and system of adaptive light AFL +.
Depending on the market for automobiles Opel Astra J Sedan is equipped with a variety of gasoline and diesel engines. These are: 1.4 XER (101 hp); 1.4 NET (140 hp); 1.6 XER (115 hp); 1.6 LET (180 hp); 1.7 CDTI (95 hp); 1.7 CDTI (110 hp); 1.7 CDTI (130 hp). About few of them we will talk in more details.
Atmospheric 1.6 XER (115 hp, 155 Nm) unit is combined with 5-step “mechanics” or 6-step “automatic”. Average fuel consumption - 6.3 (7.1) liters per hundred; acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is in 11.7 (13.3) seconds. Maximum speed - 182-193 km / h.
Turbocharged 1.4 NET (140 hp, 200 Nm) engine works in tandem with a 6-step “automatic”, and consumes in combined cycle 6,7-7 liters of fuel. Acceleration from zero to hundreds is in 10.2 seconds. Maximum speed - 200-207 km / h.
Turbocharged 1.6 LET (180 hp, 230 Nm) motor is combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission and allows the car to accelerate to the first hundred in 9 seconds. Maximum speed - 210-213 km / h. In the combined cycle engine consumes 7.2-7.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.
Chassis of Opel Astra sedan J - MacPherson strut in the front and rear torsion beam. Optionally, the car is available with the adaptive FlexRide chassis in three modes Normal, Tour and Sport, which are able to change the steering and suspension stiffness, depending on road conditions.
In the market 4-door Opel Astra J is offered in such trim levels as Essentia, Enjoy and Cosmo. In the initial version the car received heated front seats, radio CD 300, front and side airbags, air conditioning and electric heating. Depending on the trim level wheels 205/60 R16 and 215/50 R17 are mounted on the car, also wheels with dimension 225/45 R18 can be installed. As an option, there is an opportunity to order LED lights, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, front sport seats, audio system with CD / USB / AUX, information and entertainment complex with a 7-inch color display.
Despite the higher level in terms of interior quality, the materials used and filling of the vehicle with additional comfort features, Astra Vauxhall still suffers from a number of familiar problems. The everyday use of the car shows that the suspension is quite rigid. The car has not very big back bench, and there is lack of visibility. However, the high ground clearance, energy intensive suspension and a roomy trunk made the car an attractive purchase for many motorists.
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