Stylish new Opel Astra with more power and economy

The new Astra arrived in Ireland last month with an extensive line-up of eight engines and five trim levels. Engines have seen an increase in power with a decrease in fuel consumption and emissions, in particular the 1.4i 16v VVT engine, which increases its power output to 100bhp yet emits only 129g/km of CO2, meaning a tax band B rating and road tax of €156pa.

 The new Astra benefits from comprehensive active and passive safety systems, with all models having as standard: Electronic stability programme, driver, passenger side and full-curtain airbags, active-safety front headrests, all-round seatbelt warning system, a pedal release system, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and Isofix on two rear seats.

 The first trim level is the Astra S, starting from €20,695, featuring generous levels of standard equipment including air conditioning, CD player with MP3 plug-in, daytime running lights, electric front windows, electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, remote central locking, height-adjustable driver’s seat, and reach and rake adjustable steering column. 

 The Astra S is available with 1.4i 16v VVT 100bhp and 1.6i 16v VVT 115bhp petrol engines ,and 1.3CDTi 16v 95bhp and 1.7CDTi 16v 110bhp diesel engines. The 1.6i engine is also available with an optional six-speed automatic gearbox. 

Euro NCAP gave its highest points ever for the Astra’s active head restraints, which protect against whiplash – the most common occupant injury suffered when a car is struck from behind. Opel’s active head restraint system is also completely reversible, requiring no dealer reset after a rear-end collision.


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