2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
With the Astra 2.0 Turbo model, Opel has brought a sporty, comfortable car onto the market. At high speeds, however, consumption skyrockets unpleasantly.
The sport models are the flagship of their series. This is particularly true in the high-volume compact class. The youngest representative is the Opel Astra, which was able to attract a lot of attention in the first few months after the start of production. Opel is sending the Astra into the race in two sport versions. Each two-liter variant is powered by a turbo engine and has an output of 170 and 200 hp. We clarify whether the Astra 2.0 T with the 170 hp engine can please the ambitious driver.
The days of the uncompromisingly sporty GTIs and GSIs are over. Today's athletes are fast and dynamic, but they can also be moved comfortably. The Opel Astra is no exception. It is extremely sporty to drive, after all, 250 Nm are available at 1950 rpm. With the standard six-speed gearbox, the engine has good power delivery and a direct response.
The fun is great when the track is clear
You can go from 0 to 100 km / h in just under nine seconds. For the top speed of 220 km / h, the driver needs a free motorway, but the fun factor is enormous. The Rüsselsheimer willingly accepts throttle even in higher engine speeds. But most sporty drivers want even more bite from a sporty turbo. Whoever really accelerates with the 1.4 ton front-wheel drive car has to foot the bill. In the practical test, the Astra 2.0 T consumed an average of 9.5 liters of Super per 100 kilometers. If you take it hard and make the most of your performance, you will quickly break the 13-liter mark.
The engine sounds nice. The four-cylinder doesn't have six pots, but the noise level of the two-liter is pleasantly restrained in all revs and speed ranges. In the low speed range, the sonorous roar from the exhaust system pleases. The stiff chassis with the optional 18-inch aluminum rims and the 225 tires allow very high cornering speeds. The electronic damper control IDS-Plus does a great job and keeps the Astra safely on track at all times.
Security is very important
At the limit, the GSI successor shows itself to be slightly understeering. But only when it rains you can tempt it to slide. Numerous electronic helpers intervene in an emergency. The understeer control logic (UCL) ensures additional security. When pushing the car over the front wheels (understeering), the speed is reduced by releasing the accelerator and braking the two front wheels until the ESP control range is reached. Also on board as standard are: traction control, ABS with brake assist, disc brakes front and rear, extensive airbag system for driver and front passenger, safety pedals as well as electric mirrors and air conditioning.
The interior shows itself in the usual dimensions. Even tall drivers sit comfortably - there is enough head and legroom in the rear. The trunk is quite large with 380 liters, by simply folding down the 40:60 divisible rear seat back it can be expanded to 1300 liters. Unfortunately, there is no level loading space.
Great navigation system
The workmanship of the interior makes a good impression, the controls on the pleasantly designed center console with infotainment screen are self-explanatory. A central controller for all functions, supported by four separate buttons - that's all. With the large navigation system, which costs 1670 euros extra, you can enjoy the excellent graphics of the split screen. Like all other Astra models, the turbo version is available in eleven paint finishes, corresponding upholstery and interior tones.
The prices for the Opel Astra 2.0 Turbo start at 20,900 euros for the barely equipped Enjoy. The higher-quality versions Sport (21,150 euros) or Cosmo (21,515 euros) are better. This includes, among other things, a leather steering wheel, rain sensor and automatic low beam. Annoying that electric windows in the rear cost a whopping 365 euros extra. The performance package makes sense. For 1160 euros there are, among other things, steering xenon headlights and fog lamps.
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