2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The retractable roof convertibles have long been a part of our streets. The open or closed Opel Astra is one of the most worth seeing representatives. Lots of driving fun, plus a new, shrunk turbo engine.
By Stefan Zaumseil
Almost weaned from the French manufacturers of various CC models, fans of open-top driving with the Opel Astra TwinTop are shown that a coupé-convertible is not only practical and winter-proof, but can also look great. The proportions are just right with the TwinTop - really classy when open and even more elegant when closed than the GTC. The only drawback is the slightly too airy gap in the trunk lid, which disturbs the dynamic side view from the C-pillar. But that can be easily eliminated by choosing a dark paint finish.
Long 30 seconds at the traffic lights
The three-part roof construction comes from Mercedes and Porsche supplier CTS and takes almost 30 seconds to open or close. That is quite long for a traffic light stop - it is comforting that the mechanism works up to 30 kilometers per hour. The visually impressive process is accompanied by all sorts of noises, from simple chirping to haunting hum.
It goes without saying that the folding roof takes up a large part of the 440 liters of trunk space. With the sun in your hair, only 205 liters remain for holiday luggage, and those are half hidden under the sunken roof. The engineers have given the trunk a red button, which, when pressed, lifts the sunken roof a little, but even with the folding roof raised, it is a fiddly job to press two hand luggage wheelchairs into the trunk. There's not much more to it - you can't get a real suitcase through the mail slot.
Powerful and thirsty
However, if the roof is open and no luggage is required other than a handbag for the passenger, the driving pleasure can begin. The 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder with 180 hp already sounds robust when starting, after a tiny turbo lag it then goes to 100 km / h in 9.2 seconds and further up to not quite 230 kilometers per hour.
The maximum torque of 230 Newton meters is available over a wide speed range from 2,000 to 5,000 tours and tempts you to cruising with lazy shifts. The 1.6 liter turbo engine is the most modern gasoline engine that Opel currently has to offer. He is powerful - thirsty too. Hardly anything can be done under 9.5 liters. Despite the revving 180 hp, far too much for a shrunk turbo four-cylinder.
Short switching paths
The crisp six-speed gearbox with short shift travel lends itself perfectly to a sportier pace. Supported by the well-coordinated and comfortable chassis and precise steering, a pleasure tour on winding country roads is really fun. And with the sport mode of the IDS sports suspension (which can be called up by pressing a button in the center console), the 1.5-ton year-round convertible can even take a little cornering - but the standard 17-inch models with 225 tires also give the occupants a bad road situation continue.
These have enough space, at least in the front seats. The A-pillar stands flat in the interior, but smaller convertible fans can still feel some of the summery autumn feelings. The steering column, which is adjustable for length and height, and the precisely adjustable seats with proper lateral support also help taller occupants to find a good sitting position.
The interior looks modern and sporty, only the display in the middle of the dashboard exudes little charm and reminds one of the radio alarm clock of the eighties. On the other hand, the center console is all the more functional, all switches and controls are well sorted and can be easily operated without having to carefully study the manual - apart from the small irritation that the large control in the middle does not regulate the volume, but the menu structure. The cockpit impresses with the classic arrangement of the round instruments speedometer, rev counter, fuel gauge and the lack of annoying messages - these have been relegated to the info display.
As expected, the back is narrower, there is no space for real adults. At most two children have enough living space in the rear - if you want to go on vacation with your family, you should send your luggage in advance. Or the children, so that the travel bags fit on the back seat. But which cabriolet is intended as a family carriage?
Anything but cheap
And the TwinTop is definitely enough for two people. After all, the price of the Opel Astra TwinTop 1.6 Turbo is anything but cheap. The “Cosmo” equipment variant with IDS sports suspension, fog lights, electric window lifters, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, keyless go, sports steering wheel, park pilot, 17-inch alloy wheels and remote control for the folding roof costs 30,460 euros. ESP, ABS, rollover protection and various airbags ensure safety - with the roof open and closed.