Addressing one of our main criticisms of the current Astra range, Opel has replaced the dated dot-matrix-like display on the centre console with a seven-inch touchscreen.
The system comes in two versions: an entry-level one with USB and Bluetooth, and a Navi 950 item that adds sat-nav.
Under the bonnet, there’s a new 1,6-litre turbodiesel that develops 100 kW and 320 N.m, allowing the hatchback variant to reach 100 km/h in 10,3 seconds. It’s claimed to consume just 3,9 litres/100 km on the combined cycle.
Lastly, customers in Europe can spec a new Active package that adds LED running lamps, gloss-black cabin trim and cloth/leather seats.
These revisions are now available on European Astras, with rumours suggesting they’ll spread to our market early next year.