opel astra sports tourer 2022 dimensions

Essai Opel Astra Sports Tourer hybride (2022). Le break stylé

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Since 1953, Opel has been manufacturing station wagons that have long responded to the pretty name of Caravan. The first in the compact category, the Kadett Caravan, was born in 1963. From then on, all Kadett and then Astra opuses were available in station wagons, a very important body in its national market, Germany. But today Opel is no longer frankly German because the manufacturer is sailing in the Stellantis galaxy. However, according to its parents, this new Opel Astra has very Germanic features. It is also manufactured in the historic factory in Rüsselsheim (Germany), where the DS 4 tricolor is also assembled.

opel astra sports tourer 2022 dimensions
With 4.64 m between the bumpers, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer is 27 cm longer than the sedan and above all offers more space in the rear seats.

Since then, water has flowed under the bridges and Opel has become a true generalist brand as there are not many left on the market. The vast majority of manufacturers wanting to really move upmarket in order to establish their image and generate more profits. So, in the Stellantis universe, this Astra Sports Tourer had to be different from its cousin the Peugeot 308 SW. For many years, the Rhine-Main firm has been distinguished by well-adjusted prices in the face of competition, often 10 to 15% lower. Despite recent technologies from the organ bank of the Franco-Italian group (PSA-FCA), this 4.64 m long break (4.37 m for the sedan) is trading a few euros less than its rivals ( see the “Competition” chapter).

Price Opel Astra Sports Tourer 2022

The Astra break takes up the finishes and engines of the sedan (110-130 hp petrol, 130 hp diesel and 180 hp plug-in hybrid). The prices have not yet been revealed, but they would be €1,200 higher than those of the sedan. The 180 hp plug-in hybrid version would therefore start at €36,450 and peak at €45,000 in the Ultimate high finish, that of our test model. The bill is high in Ultimate but everything comes as standard, or almost, with semi-autonomous driving, rear cross traffic alert, head-up display, full LED adaptive lights, sunroof and even Alcantara upholstery. “leather effect”. The 7.4 kW on-board charger, instead of 3 kW, is still optional at €400, while the cable for Wallbox (7.4 kW, 32 A) costs €249.

Driving

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It is on this point that the absorption of the German firm by Peugeot has done the brand the most good. Of course, we have to go back a few years, but it was obvious that the Opel often came last in terms of driving pleasure. In question: a road behavior not really precise, spoiled by inefficient running gear. Today, it’s hard to blame a recent Opel for a lack of dynamism and unpredictable handling.

And the Astra Sports Tourer tested here is no exception to the rule. As we wrote above, it inherits bases developed by Peugeot, a true master in the field. We therefore find a precise front axle-steering duo well helped by a rear axle that rolls the curves with fidelity. The damping does its job very well, even if we noted on this heavy hybrid version fitted with low-profile tires (225/40 R18) a tendency to firmness on small irregularities in the roadway, especially on urban routes.

opel astra sports tourer 2022 review
opel astra sports tourer hybrid engine

On the mechanical side, without offering great thrills, the combination of the 1.6 turbo of 150 hp with a 110 kW electric machine revealing a cumulative power of 180 hp and 360 Nm of torque offers more than enough performance to overtake in complete safety. The set even allows you to drive at full speed without being released from the left lane of a free-speed portion of the German motorway, where we were able to try this Astra a little. Whether the engine-gearbox assembly reacts well, we were treated to a few transmission jerks, quite light, during the transition between electric and thermal. Finally, despite the very high heat requiring us to drive almost always with air conditioning pushed to the maximum, we were able to complete 43 km in all-electric mode without exceeding the 120 km/h speedometer. In the end, on the small test loop, the on-board computer reported an average consumption of 7.2 l/100 km.

On board

opel astra sports tourer dashboard
The design of the dashboard reveals a style very different from that of the other models of the Stellantis group. The two large 10-inch screens, called Pure Panel, bring a real touch of modernity.

Where, in our opinion, Stellantis acts better than the Volkswagen group, it is on the differentiation of the models. If the exterior line of the Astra has nothing to do with that of a Peugeot 308 SW, I find it more elegant (but this is a very personal opinion). Same observation for the cabin. Admittedly, there are many common parts such as the Commodo, the automatic transmission gear lever or the vanity mirrors dating from the end of the 1980s (like on my father’s Peugeot 405, etc.), but the architecture is really different. On this high version, the two Pure Panel screens bring a real feeling of modernity, even if their complicated ergonomics require some time to adapt. On the other hand, the quality of manufacture does not suffer from any reproach, and the driving position makes it possible to envisage long journeys without fatigue, especially thanks to the excellent EGR seats very well designed.

opel astra sports tourer 2022 rear seats
opel astra sports tourer 2022 modularity

At the rear, if there is better compared to the sedan (traveling on board is a punishment for large sizes), it is not ecstasy either. The stretched wheelbase of 6 cm (2.73 m) makes the habitability barely acceptable. In contrast, the volume of the trunk which displays 516 l (1,553 l once the rear seatbacks have been folded down) allows a family of five to go on vacation while carrying some of the superfluous. The 100% thermal versions do better, with a range of 597 to 1,634 l. Mention very well to the rear seat backs which fold into three parts (40/20/40); two people can travel in the back with a long central load. Good point also at the location provided for the charging cables, which thus will not go for a walk in the trunk.

Competition

It is known, the Opel have always been cheaper than their rivals. Despite the management of the brand by Stellantis, this approach remains and that’s good. If our Astra Sports Tourer Ultimate tested today is trading around 45,000 €, which is still very expensive, the equipment is very complete. Especially in the 180 hp hybrid version which starts at +/- €36,450 (Edition finish) when the equivalent costs €39,050 at Peugeot, €39,750 at Renault for a Mégane Estate E-Tech and €39,990 at Skoda for a Octavia Combi iV, it is true straddling two categories. This new version of Astra therefore remains very faithful to the commercial line of the brand by being less expensive than its main European rivals.

Opel Astra Sports Tourer hybrid test results

Displaying a strong style and real road qualities that surpass those of previous generations, this Astra Sports Tourer has the good taste of being less expensive than its plug-in hybrid rivals. If the modularity and the volume of the trunk seduce, we regret a rear habitability which remains limited and a little too complicated ergonomics.

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WE love :

  • Assertive style
  • Decent loading volume
  • Pleasant behavior

We regret:

  • Fair rear roominess
  • Complicated ergonomics
  • Firm low-speed damping

Technical sheet Opel Astra Sports Tourer hybrid 180

Dimensions and weight
Length 4.64m
Width without mirrors 1.86m
Height 1.48m
Wheelbase 2.73m
Trunk volume 516 liters
Tank volume 40 liters
Tires on test model 225/40 R18
Unloaded weight 1717kg
Power and performance
Heat engine type

petrol, 4 cyl. 1580cm3

Power and torque 150 hp – 250 Nm
Electric motor power and torque 110 hp – 320 Nm
Maximum cumulative power 180 hp
Cumulative torque 360Nm
Transmission to the front wheels
Gearbox automatic, 8 gears
0 to 100 km/h 7.7s
Maximum speed 225 km/h
Maximum speed in electric 135 km/h
Battery, autonomy and consumption
Battery capacity 12.4kWh
AC on-board charger power 3.7kW
Mixed WLTP consumption 1.2l/100km
cons. on the road observed (battery empty) 7.2l/100km
WLTP mixed electric autonomy 60km
Electrical autonomy noted 43km
Mixed WLTP consumption 15.3kWh/100km
Charging time from 0 to 100%
8 A household socket 7 a.m.
AC terminal 11 kW 3:50 a.m.
CO2 – Bonuses – Guarantee
CO emissions2 21 to 43 g/km
Bonuses 2022 €1,000
Fiscal power 8 HP
Car warranty 2 years – unlimited km
Battery warranty 8 years – 160,000 km
country of production Germany

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