More power, less thirst from Astra
WITH the fuel price again set to rise, ( thanks again for the low rand, dear government) it therefore good to know that the new Astra is all about sipping petrol.
Opel last week launched the 2016 Astra with a choice of three efficient turbo- charged engines that promise to make the most out of every drop of petrol. Lightest of the lot is Astra’s all- aluminium 1.0 turbo, followed by 1.4 turbo and a 1.6 turbo ECOTEC engines. These engines are mated either to Opel’s five- or six- speed manual gearboxes. A six- speed torque convertor automatic transmission is available for models equipped with the 1.4 turbocharged engine. The 1.0 litre, three cylinder engine makes 77 kW at 4 500 rpm and 170 Nm from a low, low 1 800 rpm. Mated to a five- speed manual gearbox
its turbo burns all the petrol for a very good fuel consumption of 4,3 litres/ 100 km and 99 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometre. Throw frugality to the winds and Opel says its little 1,0- litre can yet drive the Astra to a top speed of 200 km/ h.
Bear in mind this is the slightly detuned version of the 1.0 turbo three cylinder engine which was first introduced in the ADAM and Corsa. The little one- litre is a key player in the biggest engine offensive in Opel’s history which will see 17 new engines brought to market by 2018.
There is much else besides to impress in the Astra, from phone projection technology to the Opel Eye front camera. What we like most is the latest generation Intellilink that seamlessly connect to any phone on the go.
Why can’t the Mercs and BMWs link with this little fuss?
We will be testing these driver aids in the next month. Stay tuned on Capital 104fm or watch this space.
Astra 1.0l- itre pricing
1.0T Essentia R254 000 1.0T Enjoy R284 300
Frugal and fast, plus packed to the gunwales with technology, the new Astra looks to shake up the hatch segment again.