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South Africans are a brand-loyal bunch, be it towards a make of tomato sauce or the badge sitting atop the bonnet or set into the grille of their car.

Opel is no exception. Since the Blitz-badged manufacturer arrived on local shores some 80 years ago, its reputation for building humble but reliable vehicles has garnered it a substantial following. Then there were the special homegrown models of the mid-1980s and ’90s such as the Kadett “SuperBoss”, which achieved cult status. (One of CAR’s testers briefly reminisced about the Kadett he once owned, and its neatly designed indicator stalks perfectly sculpted for a driver’s index finger).

This devotion towards certain marques has posed a difficult challenge to automakers: persuade motorists to make the switch from the competitors. The Rüsselsheim-based manufacturer aims to do just that with the top-of-the-range Astra, all while offering its devout fans an aspirational midsize hatchback.

When the Astra 1,6T Sport OPC-Line AT arrived for testing at the CAR offices, the team was instantly impressed with its level of standard specification (the only optional extra is an electric sunroof). The cabin is well insulated and perceived quality is sound. Gloss-black interior trim remains a bugbear of ours and the Astra’s centre console’s finish is no exception, as it easily attracts myriad fingerprints.

The eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is simple to use and includes smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, USB ports (two of which are sited behind the centre armrest for rear passengers), navigation and a reverse camera. A 4,2-inch display in the instrument cluster relays information such as tyre pressure, following distance (in seconds) and percentage of oil left. Collision-alert and lane-assist are included in the package, too. 

The heated sports steering wheel and seats were appreciated during the peak of winter. However, as one tester noted, pews with cooling functionality would be better suited for South Africa’s warmer temperatures, while a heated tiller and hind quarters are not really necessary. Interestingly enough, though, the manually operated front seats do offer electrically adjustable four-way lumbar support. It was a cinch to find an accommodating driving position.

Opel’s Intellilux light setup is impressive and made night-time driving a boon. This system comprises 16 LEDs (eight in each headlamp), which adapt individually to the given road situation.

The exterior trim is not as sporty as its “OPC-line” name would suggest. With no “Sport” badge fitted to this model, the only exterior items indicating this is the most athletic variant in the range are two chrome-finished exhaust outlets sited on opposite sides of the rear bumper. Although not sporty by design, the ten-spoke diamond-cut alloys, replete with grey inserts, look stylish.

Press the button marked sport for the transmission and the Astra begs to be driven with enthusiasm. The punchy 1,6-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol engine produces 147 kW and 280 N.m of torque, enough to see it reach the 100 km/h mark from standstill in 7,44 seconds. That won’t trouble any hot hatches, of course, but it still makes for a lunchy drive. Overtaking from 80-120 km/h was a recorded 4,79 seconds. The six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission changes cogs without fuss but paddle-shifters would not go amiss.

The Astra 1,6T Sport continued to impress during our stringent 10-stop braking procedure. Our test unit came to a halt in an average time of only 2,84 seconds, which resulted in it receiving an excellent rating by our measures.

The steering is sharp but can kick back over sharp road scars. Whereas similarly priced vehicles such as the Audi A3 Sportback are fitted with independent rear suspension, the flagship Astra is equipped with a simpler compound crank with Watt’s linkage arrangement. Similar to a torsion beam setup, this configuration, together with those elegant but large 18-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile rubber, do result in a somewhat jarring ride.
South Africans are a brand-loyal bunch, be it towards a make of tomato sauce or the badge sitting atop the bonnet or set into the grille of their car.

Opel is no exception. Since the Blitz-badged manufacturer arrived on local shores some 80 years ago, its reputation for building humble but reliable vehicles has garnered it a substantial following. Then there were the special homegrown models of the mid-1980s and ’90s such as the Kadett “SuperBoss”, which achieved cult status. (One of CAR’s testers briefly reminisced about the Kadett he once owned, and its neatly designed indicator stalks perfectly sculpted for a driver’s index finger).

This devotion towards certain marques has posed a difficult challenge to automakers: persuade motorists to make the switch from the competitors. The Rüsselsheim-based manufacturer aims to do just that with the top-of-the-range Astra, all while offering its devout fans an aspirational midsize hatchback.

When the Astra 1,6T Sport OPC-Line AT arrived for testing at the CAR offices, the team was instantly impressed with its level of standard specification (the only optional extra is an electric sunroof). The cabin is well insulated and perceived quality is sound. Gloss-black interior trim remains a bugbear of ours and the Astra’s centre console’s finish is no exception, as it easily attracts myriad fingerprints.

The eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system is simple to use and includes smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, USB ports (two of which are sited behind the centre armrest for rear passengers), navigation and a reverse camera. A 4,2-inch display in the instrument cluster relays information such as tyre pressure, following distance (in seconds) and percentage of oil left. Collision-alert and lane-assist are included in the package, too. 

The heated sports steering wheel and seats were appreciated during the peak of winter. However, as one tester noted, pews with cooling functionality would be better suited for South Africa’s warmer temperatures, while a heated tiller and hind quarters are not really necessary. Interestingly enough, though, the manually operated front seats do offer electrically adjustable four-way lumbar support. It was a cinch to find an accommodating driving position.

Opel’s Intellilux light setup is impressive and made night-time driving a boon. This system comprises 16 LEDs (eight in each headlamp), which adapt individually to the given road situation.

The exterior trim is not as sporty as its “OPC-line” name would suggest. With no “Sport” badge fitted to this model, the only exterior items indicating this is the most athletic variant in the range are two chrome-finished exhaust outlets sited on opposite sides of the rear bumper. Although not sporty by design, the ten-spoke diamond-cut alloys, replete with grey inserts, look stylish.

Press the button marked sport for the transmission and the Astra begs to be driven with enthusiasm. The punchy 1,6-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol engine produces 147 kW and 280 N.m of torque, enough to see it reach the 100 km/h mark from standstill in 7,44 seconds. That won’t trouble any hot hatches, of course, but it still makes for a lunchy drive. Overtaking from 80-120 km/h was a recorded 4,79 seconds. The six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission changes cogs without fuss but paddle-shifters would not go amiss.

The Astra 1,6T Sport continued to impress during our stringent 10-stop braking procedure. Our test unit came to a halt in an average time of only 2,84 seconds, which resulted in it receiving an excellent rating by our measures.

The steering is sharp but can kick back over sharp road scars. Whereas similarly priced vehicles such as the Audi A3 Sportback are fitted with independent rear suspension, the flagship Astra is equipped with a simpler compound crank with Watt’s linkage arrangement. Similar to a torsion beam setup, this configuration, together with those elegant but large 18-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile rubber, do result in a somewhat jarring ride.

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather upholstery: Standard
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: front electric
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Heated ventilated seats: front + rear heated
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Lane departure warning: lane keep assist
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Standard
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Directional turning headlights: LED
  • Adaptive headlights varying light distribution: LED
  • Emergency brake hazardlights: emergency-brake flashing brake lights
  • Start stop button: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Driving mode switch eg sport comfort: Sport
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Voice control: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front
  • Central locking: keyless
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: Standard
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Sun roof: Optional
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: LED
  • Frontfog lamps lights: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: front + rear + rear camera + park assist
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Rear spoiler: Standard
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 787 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 6
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Front tyres: 225/40 R18
  • Reartyres: 225/40 R18
  • Length: 4370 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1809-2042 mm
  • Height: 1485 mm
  • Wheel base: 2662 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 11.1 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 370-1210 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 1210 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1393 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 540
  • Gross weight (GVM): 1900 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 650
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1700
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 48l
  • Fuel consumption urban: 8.1 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 5.0 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 6.1 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 138g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: EU 6
  • Power maximum: 147 kW
  • Power maximum total: 147 kW
  • Power peak revs: 5500 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 105.5 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 280 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1650-5000 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 280 Nm
  • Torque overboost: 300 Nm
  • Torqueo verboost peak revs: 1700-4700 r/min
  • Torque to weight ratio: 215 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 7.8s
  • Maximum top speed: 235 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1598 cc
  • Engine size: 1.6l
  • enginedetailshort: 1.6T
  • Engine + detail: 1.6 turbo
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 3
  • Warranty distance (km): 120000 km
  • Service plan: Standard
  • Service plan time (years): 5
  • Service plan time (distance): 90000 km
  • Roadside assistance time: 3
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): 15000 km
  • Service interval (time): 1
  • Brand: Opel
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 48044450
  • MMVariant: ASTRA 1.6T SPORT A/T (5DR)
  • MMintrodat: 2019-03-06
  • Introdate: 2019-03-18
  • DuoportarecordID: OpelAstr5h20

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