Holden will efficaciously double the quantity of mainstream small wagons on the market, taking up the Corolla and the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportswagon that break up the category’s much less-than-implementing 5000-plus annual sales among them.
Holden is pitching the european Astra as its stylish, funky and greater expensive small-wagon desire, at the same time as the Viva can be the fleet special, priced underneath $20,000.
The Astra, designed by using Opel and built in Belgium, begins with the $23,490 CD version, and graduates to the CDX for $25,990. Wellknown gadget includes dual the front and side airbags and ABS but lacks even the choice of curtain airbags.
Comfort gadget consists of air-conditioning, front strength windows, a CD player and heated energy mirrors. The CDX adds rear strength windows, six-stack CD, ride pc, cruise manage and alloy wheels. Each variations get a full-sized spare.
They’re mechanically identical, powering the the front wheels by using the equal 1.Eight-litre Ecotec 4-cylinder engine visible within the rest of the AH variety and most TS models. It’s miles mated to a five-speed manual transmission or, for a further $2000, a 4-pace automated, as tested here inside the $27,990 CDX vehicle.
Compared to the hatch, the wagon is same up to the B-pillar, however grows an 89 mm-longer wheelbase and 266 mm-longer body that allows a tremendous 454 litres of load area with the rear seats in location, and an extraordinary 1549 litres with the bench break up-folded down.
In concept, the ones figures outdo Corolla and Lancer and in exercise, the Astra proves to be very practical. The tailgate hasn’t been angled too some distance forward, which means area isn’t always compromised. The loading peak is low and huge and accessed over a stainless steel scuff plate. There’s genuinely enough room to match the purchasing or a children’s motorbike quite simply.
Fold down the seats and remove the security blind – a fiddly workout till you parent it out – and you could without difficulty accommodate more than one huge mountain bikes sans the front wheels, or a bit of fixtures.
Plenty of notion has been committed to ease of use. The tailgate is opened thru a pressure pad and would not upward push too excessive, there’s a one-touch retractor feature for the safety blind, some underneath-ground and facet-wall storage, a 12-volt socket and tie-down points.
Move forward and the second one-row leg and head room is impressive, without difficulty accommodating adults as well as youngsters. A fold-down centre armrest might be preferred, but, as would more garage area.
That becomes a more acute issue up front because the cockpit is the identical design because the hatch and coupe. This means the instrumentation, sprint and centre console is stylish but lacking in practicality. Pockets, containers and cup holders are rare an apparent flaw in a wagon.
It additionally method the controls for the air-conditioning are too low and operation of the ride pc and radio may be difficult. And the soft-touch windscreen wiper, indicator and cruise manage stalks stay counter-intuitive. The front seats, with the aid of contrast, are massive, comfy and in the CDX an upmarket-feeling dark velour.
The riding enjoy is normally Astra. It is no performance leader, because the more weight of the wagon (fifty nine kg extra than the auto hatch) exaggerates the growing old engine’s struggles to keep the tempo. With 90 kW and one hundred sixty five Nm (barely higher on PULP), that is no modern-day small-vehicle powerplant, and that is exacerbated by using having to rev it too hard to sustain momentum.
Any incline or prod on the throttle prompts the automatic transmission to kick all the way down to 0.33, something made worse with the aid of a load. This is a automobile crying out for a greater powerful engine.
Despite the tough work, the engine controlled to eat fuel at a thrifty fee around nine.Zero L/a hundred km. The alternative superb was the civility of the transmission, regardless of its consistent to-ing and fro-ing. However in place of the useless “sport” mode, Tiptronic-fashion manual control could be more effective.
The longer wheelbase makes this Astra probably the nice of its breed to experience in, regardless of a firming of the rear cease and low-profile sixteen-inch tyres. The torsion beam rear suspension gets noisy and unruly over best the bigger bumps, while the auto also steers noticeably nicely, with a mild touch to the tiller and most effective mild kickback.
A huge 10.Eighty five-metre turning circle, some noise substantially tyres on coarser surfaces and wind rustle off the A-pillar and mirror are the annoyances.
Holden Astra Wagon 2005 Design Interior Exterior