A ‘diesel’? How dare you pronounce the name! Diesel is really dirty, isn’t it? Well, politicians may think so, but in reality diesel is an extremely important fuel for achieving all climate goals. Modern diesels are ultra-clean and super-efficient. This renewed Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.5 CDTi is such an efficiency miracle.
Subtile remodel for Opel Astra
The Opel Astra recently underwent a subtle refresh. No shocking changes on the outside, except for a different grille with chrome inserts, modified headlights, different taillights and slightly modified bumpers. The biggest news is under the hood.
You have probably heard that Opel has been part of the French Groupe PSA since August 2017. The takeover of Opel by Groupe PSA naturally has internal consequences. Technology from General Motors – the previous owner of Opel – is gradually disappearing from Opel models. Opel now uses PSA engines in the renewed Astra. That comes down to PureTech petrol engines and BlueHDi diesel engines. But at Opel, those engines are called differently.
Opel Astra (2020) – French PSA influences visible?
Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.5 design
Opel simply speaks of a 1.2 Turbo with 110 or 130 hp, a 1.4 Turbo with 145 hp and a 1.5 CDTI with 105 or 122 hp. These are all three cylinders! The Astra is no longer available with four-cylinder engines. The Astra Sports Tourer that takes center stage in this test is equipped with a 1.5 CDTI with 105 hp and a six-speed manual transmission. This is the basic diesel variant.
Opel Astra Diesel
In the Opel Astra 5-door hatchback, the 1.5 CDTI 105 hp is available from 27,949 euros (Business Edition). For this Astra Sports Tourer 1.5 CDTI you will lose at least 29,249 euros. A favorable price? Not compared to competitor Peugeot 308 with diesel engine. It starts as a 5-door hatchback, for example, at 27,360 euros (Blue Lease), but immediately has a 1.5 BlueHDi 130 diesel engine. Correct: 25 hp extra. The Peugeot 308 SW Blue Lease 1.5 BlueHDi 130 is available from 28,360 euros.
Opel Astra Competition
A Renault Mégane Estate Blue dCi 115 is a little more expensive: from 31,390 euros. The Ford Focus Wagon Trend Edition 1.5 EcoBlue 6-speed with 120 hp is available from 30,505 euros. In that respect, the Opel Astra is not overly expensive. In terms of price, he is therefore in the middle of the battle arena.
Opel Astra 1.5 CDTI
One thing is certain: the Opel Astra 1.5 CDTI is super economical. With cruising speeds of 120 km/h, a consumption of 1 in 20 is easily attainable. At 100 km/h he does so 1 to 25. No, this diesel is not thirsty. Be quiet, because you hardly hear this three-cylinder diesel engine do its job. Nice and comfortable if you have to cover longer distances. Oh yes, occasionally Adblue refuel. The Adblue tank is 13.5 liters and the diesel tank 48 liters.
This Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.5 CDTI is what you call a mile-eater. The three-cylinder responds directly to the gas and the manual six-speed gearbox is easy to operate. For overtaking you have to switch back to keep the diesel block lively. The Opel Astra steers remarkably light. The road holding is comfortable and cannot be deterred by strong gusts of wind. It remains stable, even with wind force 8. The seats are very comfortable, so that you can hardly get out tired even after hours of steering – for example towards fairytale winter France.
Subtle changes Opel Astra
Admittedly, this example has a somewhat modest outfit thanks to these wheels and color scheme, but it is precisely this version that Opel actually sells. Lease drivers in particular are looking for a neutral car. Then the Opel Astra is an excellent choice. Also seen separately from that appearance, because this Opel Astra also scores points with practical ease of use.
Opel Astra space
In the very spacious luggage compartment, for example, there are two buttons to fold the rear seat in one go. Those things make us happy. Also of the rectangular shape of the luggage compartment. That makes loading things very easy. The ergonomics are perfectly fine. All functions on the dashboard are easy to find and the infotainment system is easy to operate. Nice that Opel still applies physical buttons without having to search for minutes in menus on the touchscreen. That is different with some cars.
Millions sold Opel Astra
Since its introduction in 1991, more than ten million copies of the Astra have been sold. This makes it the best-selling Opel ever. No surprise in our view, because the concept of the Astra has been rock solid for years. The motto ‘act normally, then you act crazy enough’ simply appeals to a lot of people.
New Astra in 2021
In 2021 Opel will introduce the new generation Astra. It comes as a plug-in hybrid and will have more than ever PSA technology. Not only the engines, but also the platform is then of French origin. Will the new Astra also get diesel engines? We expect so, because diesel is still very popular outside the Netherlands.
Opel Astra conclusion
Until 2021 we have to make do with this Astra and that is really no punishment. The Astra is and remains simply an excellent car that appeals to a large target group. As a business driver you really do not have to ignore diesel. It remains arguably the best drivetrain for someone who travels hundreds of miles a day. Travel a thousand kilometers on one tank? With this Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.5 CDTI it is possible.