Review of Holden Astra
The last time I felt that way was a child when my mother remarried. This time it was not another angry person replacing my father, it was the new generation Astra that replaced the Australian-made Cruze. And although Holden told me about the new guy, sorry, the car is European and sophisticated, I still stared at death when I spotted our test car crossing the parking lot. Sure, the Cruze isn’t perfect, but it’s an Australian-made small car.
Yes, Holden stopped producing Cruze hatch and sedan last year as part of it ending the production of Australian cars. And with the small car segment being the largest in the market, the Aussie brand will have a major flaw in its product line if it does not beat Opel Astra from Europe in the form of Holden. That has stopped Corolla, i30 and Mazda3 having it all with them.
Astra’s new hatch appeared in November 2016 and a sedan is not far away. While this review has all grades in the hatch range, the car I tested and lived with for the week was the top RS-V with an automatic transmission. Although there was no problem – in the CarsGuide team, we drove a representative sample of the hatch range.
Stephen Corby drove an Astra R, Tim Robson tested the RS, while Vani Naidoo looked at the RS-V with a manual transmission. Like some giant supercomputers I will rely on their reviews to give you a complete picture of the range. It was amazing, I know.
So how does Astra compare to Mazda3 or Corolla? Has it become a legend like my stepfather?
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
Regardless of what type of Astra we drove, we all agreed that this seventh-generation car looked very good. It is indistinguishable from different levels of Astra and the easiest way is to look at the wheels. However, the RS has a nice shiny metal tongue on the grille and the RS-V gets that and the same trim around the windows for a more luxurious look.
We all agree that the cabin – regardless of class – doesn’t feel as premium as Astra’s looks. Don’t get me wrong, the RS-V’s interior looks cool in that it’s stylish, but the use of glossy plastic and the lack of contrasting colors alleviate the vibe.
All Astra tunnels are the same size, 4386mm long, 1809mm wide and 1485mm high, making it longer than the Corolla and slightly shorter than the Mazda3. Automatic RS-V weighs the most with 1363kg.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
We feel the same way here too – the front of Astra is spacious and there is also good legroom and headroom at the back. I have many similarities to a giant insect as tall as 191cm and I can sit behind my driving position – just, there is a gap of about 5 mm between the knee and the seat.
That said, we all agree that hosting is amazing. The center console storage is very small, the compartment under the radio resembles one of the pockets not actually a bag but looks like a bag. There is a moderately sized tow barrel on the driver’s side but it’s near the entrance, there’s no cup holder in the backseat or a folded center armrest, despite having two cup holders in front and a rack hold big bottle in front of all doors.
Astra boots are 360 liters in size, but it is hard to compare the volume of goods of Corolla or Mazda3 because these companies use VDA liters. What I can say is that our large CarsGuide trolley just managed to match the boot of an Astra hatch.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Currently, there are three classes of Astra. R list entry level for $ 21,990; then has an average of $ 26,490 RS and at the top of the range is RS-V for $ 30,990. This is all priced with a manual transmission, and it’s $ 2200 on the top if you want the auto. There is also a bonus level – R + is R with advanced safety equipment but it costs more than $ 1250.
We think the level of standard features on the R is quite good, but keep in mind that the automatic transmission raises the price of the car quite a lot. There’s a seven-inch touchscreen with reversing camera, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloy wheels and Holden’s MyLink media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Siri and digital radio.
R + brings AEB, supports lane keeping along with forward distance indicator and collision warning. Believe me, for about $ 1200 more, that is a good value and if it’s my mom / sister / dad / brother / wife I buy the car I insist.
The RS has all the standard features of the R, but has a front parking sensor, automatic parking function, proximity lock, automatic lights and wipers, heated mirrors, engine stop, steering wheel. leather, 17-inch wheels look sportier and we should point out here – a bigger engine, but we’ll get there later.
The RS-V scores all RS’s spoils but wears 18-inch alloys, has a larger eight-inch screen and sat navigation, remote start function, dual-zone climate control, electric handbrake, along with the steering wheel and leather upholstery and front seats. Sat navigation is great, because maps through Apple Carplay and Android Auto won’t work if your phone is not connected or if there is no signal. The two-zone climate is fine, but the $ 4500 for just a few of these features is a lot to ask, and do you often start the car remotely or use a heated steering wheel?
There are two packages available on the RS-V: The $ 1900 Touring package adds an electric sun roof and adaptive cruise control; and the $ 3990 Innovation Pack has these two features plus LED Headlamps.
I feel the best value in the range is $ 26,490 RS and compared to rivals like the Mazda3 Touring $ 27,290 and Toyota Corolla ZR $ 29,570, it’s also competitively priced.
My RS-V looks great in Deep Sky Blue, a prestigious $ 550 paint option. Other prestigious paints include Black Mineral, Carragreen Blue, Cosmic Gray and Coconut. Absolutely red and white summits won’t cost you extra.
Oh, my RS-V has no carpets and the little pins sticking out of the floor make me feel like a cheap piece of stuff. Yes, an option if you want them, which I always think is outrageous.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
There are two engines in the Astra range – the 1.4-liter 110kW / 245Nm four-cylinder petrol engine, which powers the R type and the 147-liter 147kW / 300Nm four-cylinder petrol engine in the RS and RS-V. .
As the CarsGuide test pilot in R class pointed out the 0-100km / h time of the base spec, Astra is listed at “n / a”, which says it all, while the drivers of The RS and RS-V, including myself, have found 1.6 liters to accelerate well when satisfactory (claimed from 7.8 to 100km / h).