Opel Astra L (2022): Everything about the first Astra with plug-in hybrid

Of the Opel astra goes into the sixth lap! If you include the predecessor Kadett, however, it is already the eleventh (!) Generation of the compact from Rüsselsheim. Speaking of Rüsselsheim: The Astra L was developed in Germany and in the main plant produced in Rüsselsheim. In order to hold its own against the long-term competitors VW Golf 8 and Ford Focus, Opel really got into the new Astra and donated a lot of technology to it. Finally there is the Astra in the new generation also as a plug-in hybrid!

All information about the new Opel Astra at a glance:

● Astra L on EMP2 platform
● A purely electric version of the Astra will follow in early 2023
● 4.37 meters in length (exactly as long as its predecessor)
● 1.86 meters wide
● 2.68 meter wheelbase
● up to 422 liters of luggage space
● for the first time also available as a plug-in hybrid (two performance levels)
● The engine range extends from 110 HP to 225 HP system output

● manual six-speed gearbox or eight-speed automatic
● Can be ordered from autumn 2021
● Deliveries will start in early 2022
● Base price at previous level (from
22,465 euros)

Opel Astra Hybrid

The front of the new Astra is clearly drawn, looks sporty but not intrusive. New: the “Opel Vizor” brand face.

Price and market launch: Astra L costs exactly as much as its predecessor

The new Opel Astra can be ordered immediately and starts at 22,465 euros. This means that the compact model has remained stable in price compared to its predecessor and costs exactly the same in the base. For the first time, the Astra is also available with a plug-in hybrid drive. Here the prices of the Rüsselsheimer start at 36,710 euros before deduction of the environmental bonus. All prices at a glance:
● Opel Astra 1.2 Turbo 6-speed (110 PS): from 22,465 euros
● Opel Astra 1.2 Turbo 6-speed (130 PS): from 25,560 euros
● Opel Astra 1.2 Turbo Automatic (130 PS): from 30,350 euros

Plug-in hybrid:
● Opel Astra Hybrid Automatic (180 PS): from 36,710 euros

● Opel Astra 1.5 diesel 6-speed (130 PS): from 28,660 euros
● Opel Astra 1.5 diesel automatic (130 hp): from 33,450 euros

For commercial customers there is still a business version with price advantages

Buy: Opel Astra already available with discounts

The Opel Astra L has only just gone on sale and is already available at a discount on the Internet. On (cooperation partner of AUTO BILD) the Rüsselsheim compact car is already being offered for up to 7,350 euros below the list price. The biggest savings are on the 1.5 liter diesel with automatic.


Opel Astra Hybrid

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Design: The Astra also gets the “Opel Vizor” face

The new Opel Astra is only just beginning Can be ordered from autumn 2021, but the Rüsselsheimer are already showing the compact ones. Compared to the predecessor Astra K, which was introduced in 2015, the new one is hardly recognizable. It looks modern, sporty and yet not overstyled. After the Mokka, Crossland and Grandland SUVs, the Astra also gets that Brand face with the characteristic “Opel Vizor” lost. On request, Opel can install the familiar from its big brother, the Insignia, behind glass “Intelli-Lux” – LED headlights with a total of 168 LED elements distributed over 84 pieces per headlight.

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The rear is clearly drawn, narrow, two-part LED taillights are standard, the third brake light is arranged vertically. The trunk lid with the central Astra lettering is made of lightweight plastic and can be opened using the Opel logo. Two special features of the new Astra on the third evolutionary stage of the EMP2 platform are the optically strongly inclined C-pillar and the optional two-tone paintwork, which was not available for the predecessor.

Interior: Opel does not rely entirely on touchscreens

We get in and are amazed. The cockpit with its two 10-inch displays looks elegant and modern. No fat plastic frames, everything correctly positioned in the dashboard, slightly inclined towards the driver. Moment! Before you rush to criticize – the climate control and volume can be adjusted without distraction. The Astra has buttons. Even the home button of the infotainment does not have to be touched convulsively on the display, but has its own button under the monitor. The redesigned steering wheel, whose horn button echoes the shape of the grill, is also equipped with buttons that can be pressed hard. Glove and glasses compartments are lined with a felt-like fabric. Feels valuable despite the plastic – unfortunately no longer a matter of course.

Opel Astra Hybrid

Compared to its predecessor, the cockpit looks ultra-modern. Nevertheless, the Astra also retains buttons and buttons.

Sitting position and ergonomics are good

For a surcharge, there are AGR seats for the driver and front passenger in the Astra – with massage function, ventilation, heating and nappa leather. There is nothing wrong with the seating position and ergonomics when you try it out for the first time. The front seats are mounted a little lower than before, the roof is a little flatter. At the back it gets tight for the knees when the front seat is adjusted to a 1.95 meter person. If there is an average person in the front, then it is also good for adults in the rear. With a small restriction, however, because the seat in the rear is a bit too short for long thighs, so the hip and knee angles are quite acute. However: Headroom and footroom are good, so that even editor Peter R. Fischer can find space in the back with a form-fitting fit.

Opel Astra Hybrid

Head and foot room are good, only the seat on the back seat is a little too short for long thighs.

In the combustion Astra there is up to 1250 liters of luggage space

Another leap backwards: Opel states that the trunk volume is 422 liters or 1250 liters. However, this only applies to the combustion version of the Astra. The plug-in hybrid shown on these pages definitely takes less luggage – Opel has not (yet) released an exact value.

Test: Astra Plug-in-Hybrid is moving forward convincingly

AUTO BILD was allowed to drive behind the wheel. Only a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to drive a prototype. The development status of the heavily camouflaged car is March 2021, i.e. halfway through the fine-tuning. Since we both 1.2-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with 110 and 130 hp and the 1.5 diesel with 110 hp already know, it was the brand new plug-in hybrid that we were particularly interested in. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine is from one Electric motor supported on the front axle. The battery can be found under the rear seat bench. All in all, that’s the result 180 hp in the smaller and 225 hp in the higher performance level. For us it stands 180 hp version ready. With the power out Internal combustion engine and electric motor the Astra moves forward convincingly. We could use the driving mode switch all-electric mode choose what should be enough for daily journeys in most cases; we still have 38 kilometers range with 60 percent battery. With the chassis, however, more than a little fine-tuning is necessary: ​​they have the hybrids like this tightly coordinatedthat he all Breaks of frost and bumps passes on to the flight crew (You can find the detailed test of the Astra prototype here!)

Motors: As usual, the selection is extensive

The engine range of the Astra, which is produced in Rüsselsheim together with the Citroën C4, is extensive and ranges from Gasoline engine with a displacement of 1.2 liters (110 PS or 130 PS) and the 130 PS strong 1.5-liter diesel up to two plug-in hybrids – both with a 12.4 kWh battery (approx. 60 km according to WLTP ) and 180 HP and 225 HP system output. With the classic combustion engines, customers have the choice between Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. And the Astra should not only look sporty, it should also drive that way. The torsional stiffness was increased by 14 percent – special attention was paid to driving stability and driving pleasure. Two points that we can confirm after the first test drive in the prototype. In addition, rumors persist that Opel will have another one at a later date Astra OPC brings to market. The top model could also be used as a Plug-in hybrid with around 300 hp come. It is completely official: from the beginning of 2023 there will be a purely electric version of the Astra L. Outwardly presumably hardly distinguishable from the combustion engine. However, there are no technical details or range specifications yet.

Opel Astra OPC

An OPC version of the new Astra is rumored not to be absurd – probably as a plug-in hybrid.

Equipment: high-tech features for the Astra

At the same time, however, the luxury should not be neglected, and so Opel equips the Astra with many high-tech features on request. While digital instruments and smartphone connection via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as standard are, other equipment such as head-up display or the ultra-modern “Intelli-Lux” LED headlights are likely to cost extra.

Opel does not make any compromises when it comes to safety either: the camera in the windshield is supplemented by four additional cameras and five radar sensors. This also works with the help of this technique Speed ​​assistantthat maintains the distance to the vehicle in front and even starts again independently in models with automatic (“Stop & Go” function). the proven active seats with AGR certificate are mounted twelve millimeters lower in the new Astra than in the predecessor.

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