The good news about The new Opel Astra (Vauxhall in the UK) is that the mid-slot will debut with hybrid drive, an integrated digital panel with a multimedia center and a very distinctive straight-line design.
The bad news (at least for fans of the brand) is that the Opel Astra is nothing more than Peugeot 308 With a different dress. It is another product of Stilants This is uncharacteristic of scaling up production and thus reducing costs and increasing profit margins.
Therefore, the hatchback comes with the same 2,675-meter wheelbase as the competition’s mechanics, including the hybrid options. There is also an 8-speed automatic transmission and other common aspects such as the multimedia system. Engine options include a 1.2-liter gasoline engine with 110 hp, a 1.5-liter diesel with 130 hp and two hybrid versions with 180 and 225 hp.
Watch the gallery of photos of the Opel Astra 2022
The adoption of EMP2 at least resulted in a more spacious interior, thanks to the addition of 1.3 cm. The environment in the car is quite simple, although the computer-generated images do not make a completely realistic impression. Opel claims that the banks have a working environment approved by a German entity. It’s 12mm lower than the previous version, which enhances the sporty feel, and underscores the brand.
Compared to the dashboard 308, the Astra is more refined thanks to the wide digital display that follows the trend launched by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Speaking of the console, the space between the front seats does not bring the gearshift knob, which emphasizes the spaciousness of the environment.
Long distance to golf
As for the style Opel has dubbed the ‘Vizor’, it’s no surprise since the manufacturer has introduced aesthetic language into other models such as the Corsa and the SUV Mokka. With straight lines, the medium hatch doesn’t have much of an impact, but it’s a car with plenty of character.
The task of the eighth generation (the sixth for some) is very daunting: to reach golf. In 2020, the Volkswagen model leads this segment, which is still closely related to Europe. There were 284,000 license plates compared to just 70,000 of the old Astra.
With the hybrid package, Opel’s mid-slot will have to outpace other competitors such as the Mégane, Focus, Octavia, Corolla, Leon and the 308 itself, the half-brother. But this is only in 2022, when the model will begin to reach European dealerships.