The Final Test of the Opel Astra Hybrid 180: a successful hybrid of the Franco-German plug-in

The Final Test of the Opel Astra Hybrid 180: a successful hybrid of the Franco-German plug-in


30 years that Opel Astra exists. However, it has never covered Golf, another famous German. But that was before the marriage between Opel and PSA and the use of a common platform for the Peugeot 308 and DS 4: the 3rd version of the EMP2.

In addition to the platform, the Astra takes Peugeot 308 engines, which are two gasoline engines, diesel and two plug-in hybrids of 180 and 225 hp (the latter comes later).

The Astra model we tested includes a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit with an electric motor producing 81 kW (110 hp). Everything is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission (AT-8). Total power reaches 180 hp at a maximum speed of 225 km / h (135 km / h in all electric). Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is achieved in 7.9 seconds.

The battery has a useful capacity of 10.7 kWh (12.7 kWh total), thus providing 60 kilometers of autonomy (WLTP cycle) in pure electric mode.

The Opel Astra plug-in hybrid is offered in five trims (Edition, Elegance, Beauty Business, GS Line and Ultimate) with prices ranging from €35,550 to €43,000.

This competition promises to be very difficult for Peugeot 308 and Citroën C4, but also Renault Mégane E-Tech, Seat Leon e-Hybrid, Golf eHybrid, Ford Focus, even Kia Ceed SW.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Ergonomics and design

The new Opel Astra is 4mm longer than the old one. It claims a length of 4.37 m, a width of 1.86 m and a height of 1.44 m. As for the wheel, calculate an additional 13 mm for 2.68 m.

In addition to the platform, Opel has taken some elements such as door handles and mirrors from the Peugeot 308. Characteristic of this sixth generation Astra, the successful integration of the famous Vizor grille, successfully launched on the second generation Mocha. Inspired by the Opel Manta A coupe, this black lacquered panel has become (re) an Opel signature.

Behind it are Intelli-Lux dynamic headlights with 84 LEDs each, the camera and the famous flash, the brand logo. The Opel Astra wants to be more acceptable than the Peugeot 308, whose bodywork design may bother some of the brand’s regulars.

Inside, one feels a certain German austerity. Just a touch of happiness is provided by the red insert, a very unhappy marriage knowing that the bodywork is gold. If the quality of the assembly does not give any criticism, it is a pity that plastic is everywhere, especially in some lower parts such as the door pockets.

Here and there, however, there are “foam” elements, for example on the dashboard, the armrests, the upper part of the storage compartment of the central console or on the storm doors. On the other hand, it will be necessary to bring a cloth to all shiny or lacquered plastics, especially at the level of the central console, real vacuum cleaners for fingerprints.

Let’s give a nice step to the seats which, in our Ultimate version, are upholstered in nappa leather against alcantara for the lower finishes. Welcome, they provide good support. They are more than that AGR is certified, a label given by ergonomists. The comfort of passengers in the back is not forgotten, at least if you are traveling with two in the back.

Despite the roof structure tapering towards the trunk, there is enough roof height and there is good light. On the other hand, always leave the same as the passenger in the middle who will have to deal with the growth of the central console.

Who says the hybrid, says the effect on the trunk volume that goes from 422 l in the fuel version to 352 l for the hybrid that can be recharged, or 70 l less. By folding the bench seat (2/3-1/3), the trunk volume reaches 1268 l, but it does not have a flat floor. The width of the trunk reaches 1.06 m.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Comfort and equipment

Our test Opel Astra features a cockpit that surrounds the driver with two customizable 10-inch (25.4 cm diagonal) screens each, one of which is touch-sensitive.

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The final review of the Opel Astra Hybrid 180

The Opel Astra has a head-up display (HUD) in the Ultimate finish.

Baptism Clean Panel, they are covered with a glass plate, thus providing this glass feature. If the instrument cluster can display navigation and information related to the car, the graphics will remain banal, almost as stark as the cabin.

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As for the screen dedicated to infotainment, it stands out for its brightness, but also for its responsiveness and speed. Like a smartphone screen, various functions appear as neat icons. Depending on the needs, you can display the whole screen, prefer 2/3-1/3 or take advantage of the screen divided into three parts.

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At the bottom of the screen, a series of physical controls allow direct access to the desired function (heated seats and steering wheel, climate, heating, wipe).

…and Android Auto, all in wireless mode.
Opel Astra is compatible with Apple CarPlay…

Finally, the Opel Astra is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both in wireless mode available from the entry level (Version).

Finally, the last important step in our offering, the standard integrated navigation provides real-time traffic (Tom-Tom), car parking location, fuel prices and local weather, not to mention remote map update.

The final review of the Opel Astra Hybrid 180

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Handling and performance

With a weight load of 1678 kg, breaking is always a gentle moment. The Opel Astra Hybrid can surprise you with its agility and speed, especially in Sport mode, one of the three driving modes offered by Hybrid e and Electric. It is in the Sport mode that the feeling of the road appears with the most comfortable driving and the accelerator pedal that responds to the slightest request.

Indeed, although it shared the same platform, the blitz brand wanted to stand out from its French cousins. The steering, shock absorbers and suspension have been revised. As a result, driving the Astra proves to be very easy and, in particular, a maneuver that focuses on filtering very little tarmac ascents. As for the suspension, it reduces the stiffness of the road accordingly with the response time present when one asks for a little 180 hp.

This Opel also offers paddles on the steering wheel to disengage from the AT-8 eight-speed automatic gearbox. But very quickly, we give up, the fault of the electronic equipment on board that seeks to regain control all the time.

Starting is done all-electric, authorizing driving as it is up to 135 km / h. The B-like regenerative braking mode can be activated from the gearbox. Just release the accelerator pedal to recover.

The e-Save function, selectable from the touch screen, makes it possible to save part or all of the battery capacity for driving in future ZFEs, for example. As soon as you drive in Electric mode and reach the programmed distance, Hybrid Mode takes over by starting the warm engine. Note that this does not prevent the electric motor from starting at other times.

Cabin soundproofing is excellent, but the noise from the turn signals can get on your nerves quickly.

In terms of driver assistance systems (ADAS), the Opel Astra goes for the essentials with vehicle and pedestrian detection alert, emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane keeping assistance (without the ping-pong effect specific to Old Opel), cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control (ACC+) with Stop & Go function, 180° reversing camera and 360° panoramic vision.

Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

Independence and payment

Who says plug-in hybrid, think battery. Our Opel Astra Hybrid includes a lithium-ion battery with a useful capacity of 10.7 kWh (total capacity 12.7 kWh), whose range in the WLTP cycle is provided for 61 kilometers.

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During our tests and on the course in the Portuguese seaside resort of Cascais, we traveled very little in the city and instead took the coastal road, the mountains and the highway. So, on the first trip of 115 km, we noted an average consumption of 3.5 l/100 km. It must be said that the driving was a little strong, facing many bends in the height of Cascais.

In all-electric mode, we were able to reach 46 km, far from the 61 km declared in the WLTP cycle. Once flat, the gasoline engine took over. On that occasion, our fuel consumption was 6.5 l/100 km, but there is no doubt that it should fly with the family on board and luggage in the trunk.

However, in a rechargeable hybrid, the battery never runs dry. Thus, our collection “hid” about 20% of the capacity reserved for start-up phases.

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The Astra Hybrid offers a 3.7 kW on-board charger with a Type 2 socket as standard. No miracle: it takes about 7 hours to fully charge. For €400, you will have the option of choosing a 7.4 kW charger, reducing the charging time to 2 hours from the Wallbox.

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Strong points

  • Design.

  • Comfort.

  • Sound blocking.

  • Central touch screen lightning.

Weak points

  • Trunk volume.

  • Interface graphics.

  • Turn signal noise.

Conclusion

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

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Indeed, under the banner of Stellantis, this sixth generation of Opel Astra constitutes a new departure for the German manufacturer. Opel was able to take advantage of this new platform, bringing German quality. As a result, Astra shows a bold design without dividing, the abundance of materials and the quality of the collection of materials that there is nothing to complain about. Downside: although it’s well-equipped, this car’s price is high for a hybrid drive, especially in its Ultimate trim.