Opel Austria invited me to Styria as a part of a pleasure tour to introduce the brand new Astra Sports activities Tourer. Not solely the journey with the jaunty station wagon ought to be a pleasure, but in addition the varied regional delicacies that went into the trunk on the best way.
First I missed the bus after which I heard loud night breathing neighbors on the practice. The day did not actually begin nicely. The brand new Astra Sports activities Tourer was the primary actual ray of hope on this cloudy day.
There have been two fashions to select from, I wished to increase the biturbo diesel with 160 hp first. I used to be not disillusioned: the 1.6 liter diesel engine was great to maneuver by the winding streets of Styria.
There have been 4 gourmand stations, sadly there was solely sufficient time to go to two. I first drove to a fruit farmer who instantly put his schnapps on the desk. I fortunately declined and contented myself with juice. In spite of everything, I wished to spend a while behind the wheel of the Astra.
Two containers of juice are shortly loaded into the 540 to 1,630 liter trunk and off to the subsequent cease. As a substitute of splendidly candy juice, there was bitter vinegar, nevertheless it nonetheless tasted good. Right here, too, the bottles had been invited once more, mother will know what to do with them.
Again within the group there was a tour of a vineyard, together with tasting. Simply silly that I nonetheless wished to drive.
After a “snack” within the adjoining Buschenschank, the autos had been modified: this time with out turbo “Bi“ and 40 hp extra. With this efficiency, the station wagon is true to bear the title “Sports activities”.
However you may also depart the “Tourer”, as a result of longer distances could be coated within the Astra with none issues. That is due, for instance, to the AGR (Motion Wholesome Again) seats, which aren’t solely sporty but in addition extraordinarily snug. The elective therapeutic massage operate and lane departure warning system plus adaptive cruise management are all there and the virtually autonomous automotive is prepared.
The inside and cockpit seem tidy and the standard could be summarized as “neat”.
The area within the rear is beneficiant, though I used to be having issues with my 1.94 meter dimension, it was troublesome to sit behind the seat that was set for me, nevertheless it matches the typical 1.80 meter tall individual. The 2 outer seats within the rear seat will also be heated.
On the champagne reception within the lodge, I lastly did not say “no”, in any case, solely the dinner and a small live performance by the Austrian singer-songwriter Clara Luzia had been on this system.
The Astra Sports activities Tourer is out there within the 4 gear traces Cool & Sound, Version, Dynamic, Innovation. The petrol engines have outputs between 100 (1.Four liter ECOTEC) and 200 hp (1.6 liter Turbo Direct Injection) with both a five- or six-speed guide transmission, or one sixstage automated.
Essentially the most economical petrol engine is the brand new 1.Zero liter 3-cylinder with 105 hp: it requires 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers. The dash king is the 200 hp 1.6 liter turbo gasoline engine, with a 0-100 time of seven.7 seconds.
The diesel items, that are solely out there with 1.6 liters, have between 95 and 160 hp and might, with one exception (the 1.6 liter Ecotec with 136 hp), solely be bought with a six-speed guide transmission. Essentially the most frugal is the 1.6 liter EcoFlex with 3.Four liters per 100 km / h. By the best way, the biturbo I drive takes 8.9 seconds to 100 km / h and is the quickest diesel
Conclusion: To be sporty with it? You possibly can. Go on trip with the entire household? You possibly can too. Opel is nicely on the best way with the brand new Astra and the property model (which accounts for 60 p.c of Astra gross sales, by the best way) was not voted “Fleetcar of the Yr” for nothing. The costs for the Opel Astra Sports activities Tourer begin at 18,090 euros. If you happen to select a turbo with 200 hp and some extras, you must count on round 33,000 euros.