Facelifted 2020 Opel Astra Hatch Goes Back To Where It All Started

Opel’s fifth-generation Astra was updated a little over two months ago and is now celebrating its public debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Changes, though, aren’t very broad, with the exterior only gaining a revised bumper and new alloy wheel designs. It’s OK to be surprised by that, especially since the Astra isn’t selling as well in Europe as rivals such as the Seat Leon and Peugeot 308, and is nowhere near as popular as the Skoda Octavia, Ford Focus or VW Golf.

What Opel have done instead is fit their compact model with new PSA-sourced 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol and 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel engines, as well as a new 9-speed automatic transmission – resulting in a 19% overall efficiency increase.

The 1.2-liter unit can be had with either 109 HP (110 PS), 128 HP (130 PS) or 143 HP (145 PS), while the new 1.5-liter diesel boasts two stages of tune: 103 HP (105 PS) and 120 HP (122 PS).

The German automaker also gave the Astra a grille shutter system for improved airflow, an engine compartment cover and deflector-shaped rear axle control arms in order to boost aerodynamic efficiency. The result is a projected WLTP average fuel consumption figure of 4.4 l/100 km (53.4 US mpg) for the diesel and 5.3 l/100 km (44.3 US mpg) for the petrol option.

Also read: Opel To Show “Most Fuel Efficient” Astra Ever, New Corsa, Hybrid Grandland X in Frankfurt

As for its interior, there is the option of inductive wireless charging for smartphones, a BOSE sound system and heated windshield, while the 8-inch Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system now works alongside a more powerful rear-view camera and a new digital front camera that can recognize vehicles, pedestrians and traffic signs.

Also new is the gauge cluster which now features a digital speedometer.

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Photo Credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for CarScoops | Opel

  • xrnzaaas

    The interior still looks very cheap, is that a plastic hole under the climate controls?

    • wintergraan

      The interior isn’t cheaper looking than in most other cars of this segment.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I think you’ll find it was just the center-console being surprised at something it saw on the roof. 🙂

    • Thutmosis Ankhra

      Apart from the button for the electric parking brake, it looks both elegantly, tasteful and luxurious.
      VW Golf with simpler equipment however, not only looks cheap, ugly and tasteless – this is also the case in reality.

    • Salih Ahzem

      Opel has always had a problem with storage space in the cabin, I mean in previous two generation of Astra there was hardly any place to put your phone!

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      Have u ever been in one? The interior is pretty high quality.

  • wintergraan

    I know that this car isn’t the most exciting one but is it really that hard to state the right facts? The new engines aren’t PSA-sourced but co-developed by Opel and GM. Please do some research before you publish your articles 😉

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      i think your wrong, the 1,2 litre engines is the same u get in peugeot, citroen and Ds models, and opel is now owned by PSA , the old engines in opel vas 1,4 oand 1,6 litres with turbos

      • Mr_Fanta_Pants

        No, he’s correct. From autocar:

        “New engines, petrol and diesel, are the big news for this Astra facelift, work on these new motors already well under way when Vauxhall and Opel were still part of the General Motors empire. Despite PSA having its own range of engines it has seen the programme through, the result being two new families of all-alloy petrol and diesel triples.”

  • Tomasz W

    Where is the Astra OPC?, pity….

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