August 3, 2022

Remember this? It is called Astra. This is ASTR A.

You may not have seen one in ages, so they have written it in capital letters.

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Astra is still alive and kicking and has been redesigned for the modern world.Credit: Simon Thompson
Klopp had to try out a new Astra before the journalists' motoring

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Klopp had to try out a new Astra before the journalists’ motoringCredit: Provided.

Not long ago they didn’t need badges because they were everywhere.

Hatch, estate, salon, convertible, coupe, van. . . There was an Astra for everyone. I’d bet you either have one, rent one, or have someone in your family have it at some point in the last 40 years.

So what changed? Why are they now less popular with hearing aids?

I don’t remember the last time Astra made it to the top ten sales charts. Well, the answer is, it’s mostly your fault.

You all want SUVs. Or a hatch with a cover badge, such as A-Class or A3.

But I’m glad to say that Astra is still alive and kicking and has been rearranged for the modern world.

It looks cool. When was the last time you said that about Astra? Even Georgian Klopp likes it.

Plus, it’s tech-savvy, comfortable, and you can get any taste you like: hatch or estate, petrol or diesel, plug-in hybrid or, from 2023, pure electric. If the owners reinvented Astrovan as an EV, Voxal would clear it. Love astronomy

Well, pricing. The base 1.2-liter petrol design trim costs £ 24k. Finance from 9 279 per month.

It lowers a golf and is surprisingly well-characterized with twin ten-inch screens and wireless Apple CarPlay. But you don’t want that. You take a look at the GS line and go for it instead.

The, 26,700 GS line opens “black pack” – blackroof, bezel, alloy, headliner – as well as intelligent adaptive cruise control, heated seats and hot steering wheel. Then all you need is

The post-Ultimate Trim £ 30k nudge includes a head-up display, massage sets, panoramic glass ceiling, 360-degree parking camera and fancy LED pixel headlights. I will still go to the GS line.

Klopp loves Astra and so do we

I’ll give you three guesses of what Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does every day.

Bentley Bentayga? Nope done.

Rolls-Royce Clinton? Nope done.

Range Rover? Nope done.

As if I didn’t like it more than before, Klopp trained at Vauxhall Insignia.

In fact, it is an Opel-badged Insignia because it is the ambassador of the German brand.

That’s why he had to try the new Astra before the motoring journalists.

Klopp said: “I had the opportunity to run a hybrid Astra plugin – really impressive.

“Quiet and powerful at the same time, handling almost like a sports car. And design – bold, innovative, creative. Well done, Opel.”

A top manager, not a top notch and obviously not a bad reviewer.

We tested two power trains: a 1.2 petrol turbo and a 1.5-liter petrol / electric plug-in hybrid, perfect for emissions and company car taxes.

The 180hp plug hybrid has a power range of up to 43 miles and the real world economy is about 80mpg. We like how Speedo turns blue when you’re running on battery power alone. The rest of the time it’s white.

Other observations. You are good and bad in the new Austra. It has buttons for essentials – and a properly sized steering wheel. Unlike the Peugeot 308.

At this point I should probably explain that Astra and 308 are sisters. The same chassis, engine and electric, different haircuts. But I would say that it feels tougher and more prominent than the Astra 308. And some more games.

Handling and body control, at every speed, and on every kind of road, are excellent.

I think what I’m trying to say is that the chassis can easily handle a lot of grants and when it comes down to it I’m looking forward to testing the Spicer 225hp hybrid plugin. Maybe even a GSE?

I have some quibbles, though. Piano black trim. The main tunnel I’m on is a bit high (it hides a 12 volt battery in the hybrid). And life is a little tight in the back. Also, it’s worth being green. Hybrid £ 4k extra.

But, overall, the Astra is the antidote to a completely decent family motor and worldly SUVs.

I learned to drive in Austra. My older daughter had an Mk2 GTE. Maybe one day my children will get the story of Astra too.

The, 26,700 GS line provides you with intelligent adaptive cruise control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.

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The, 26,700 GS line provides you with intelligent adaptive cruise control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.Credit: Simon Thompson
You may not have seen the Astra for ages, so they wrote it in capital letters.

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You may not have seen the Astra for ages, so they wrote it in capital letters.Credit: Simon Thompson
Astra is full of technology, comfortable, and you can have any taste you like: Hatch or Estate (pictured)

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Astra is full of technology, comfortable, and you can have any taste you like: Hatch or Estate (pictured)Credit: Simon Thompson

Important facts

Vauxhall Austra

Price: £ 24,405
engine: 1.2 liter 3 cylinder turbo petrol
power: 110hp, 230Nm
0-62 miles per hour: 9.7 seconds
High speed: 130 miles per hour
Economy: 49 MPG
CO2: 123 grams / km
Outside: May

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