2020 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Leaves A Good Chunk Of Its GM Legacy Behind

The Astra K has been in production since 2015, so it’s high-time it got a mid-cycle refresh.

Opel and its British subsidiary, Vauxhall, have played it safe in terms of styling, as apart from a new front end, it pretty much looks the same as before. Things are not that different inside either, where users should expect good quality materials, decent space at the back and in the boot, comfortable seats and a good driving position.

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However, it’s all change as far as the engine lineup is concerned. Replacing the old GM-made units are PSA’s 1.2-liter petrol and 1.5-liter diesel. The former is offered in three states of tune, with 110 PS (108 hp / 81 kW), 130 PS (128 hp / 96 kW) and 145 PS (143 hp / 107 kW), whereas the latter comes with 105 PS (104 hp / 77 kW) and 122 PS (120 hp / 90 kW).

AutoTrader had the chance to check out the higher-output petrol and diesel burners, stating that they both feel responsive and strong. The smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission is also new, although it’s an optional extra not available in lesser grades.

For the 2020MY, Opel/Vauxhall has also tweaked the suspension, which does a good job at absorbing bumps in the road most of the time. The steering is nicely weighted and the overall setup inspires confidence, so drivers will put the right foot down more often.

Now, the revised Astra is obviously good, but it’s still a challenger to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf (which is about to get an all-new version) and Ford Focus. So, how does it compare to them?


  • designer_dick

    The engines aren’t from PSA, they’re from an Opel-developed engine family that was very nearly finished when GM sold the company. Adapting the PSA units to the Astra would have been more expensive than putting the new engines into production. so PSA decided to see the program through.

    • uS’gedlemba

      Needless to mention the R&D, licensing and eventually seeking approval of GM before they put in their engines in the Astra is not justifiable, and on top of that still pay GM royalties per car sold. And this is after PSA leadership has said they need to kill off the GM source vehicles a.s.a.p since they are not making money off them..sometimes I think we should be writing these articles…

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Opel and its British subsidiary, Vauxhall, have played it safe in terms fe in terms of styling,

    Proof reader sleep in?


  • carlbolt

    This car is only good for rental. Opel was on the downward spiral under GM’s management for too long.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      It’s actually one of the most competitive cars in it;s class. I had one; a 1.6 turbo. Very fast and a really nice high quality interior with a lot of features. Too much torque steer however.

    • Baeyoung ❂

      Poor Opel, glad to see GM sold it

  • ThatGuy

    Good cars, regardless of being under GM, decent reliability and a good drive.
    Not the class leader, but does may things really well. Not exceptionally but more than good.
    Like they say its a happy medium between the Golf and Focus.

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