Opel Astra (J 2013)

Opel Astra body

5 Pros

  1. The Opel Astra adds European badge value to your garage
  2. Decent interior space and boot (which is even better in the wagon version)
  3. Impressive fuel efficient engines across the range with ok performance in this class (small cars)
  4. Decent cabin worthy of the European heritage (although it is a bit over complicated)
  5. 5 out of 5 star safety

5 Cons

  1. More expensive than similar offerings such as the Ford FocusHyundai i30, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf
  2. Not the most dynamic car available in this class and the steering is a bit numb
  3. While there is plenty of room in the back, it can feel a bit claustrophobic
  4. The ride has been singled out for being firm
  5. As Opel is a new brand in Australia, resale and reliability are a bit unknown

Concluding personality type: Brand name groceries: Good, but worth the premium?

UPDATE: Opel as a brand has now left Australia…

Opel Astra dash

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