2017 Holden Astra Road Test and Review…
The Holden Astra name has been around for many years and has built up a solid reputation in the Australian market.
The latest version is a European styled car that has been developed from the ground up in the Opel/Vauxhall design studious in Germany.
The body style is pleasing with a sporty touch without being exotic, making it a car that fits in well with the urban scene, and accommodates five adults in comfort.
Although a model most likely focussed first and foremost on Europe, the new Holden small car did benefit from the input of Australian designers.
Holden engineers also tuned the car to our local conditions.
Under the bonnet of the base-model Astar R is a 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that offers good power and fuel economy.
The figures show the engine 110kW/245Nm and the claimed combined fuel consumption is a very respectable 5.8L/100km.
When combined with the optional six-speed automatic transmission it makes a very attractive package.
The suspension, benefiting from that local tuning, is good.
The Holden Astra brings good handling as well as passenger comfort on most road surfaces.
Safety is high on the agenda with head, side and front airbags, as well as a system called ‘Active Torque Transfer’ that helps keep the Holden stable in the bends, especially in the wet.
A reverse camera, stability control, traction control and rear parking sensors complete the base-model offerings safety credentials.
However, the Astra R doesn’t have an ANCAP safety score.
Models above the base-model do have a five-star rating because they have forward collision warning/mitigation, lane departure warning/lane keep assist tech as standard (details here).
You can add those features to the base-model though for an additional $1,000, or simply opt for the Holden Astra R+.
Aside from the safety gear, general equipment levels are also good, even in the Astra R.
While on the inside you will also find well-positioned and easy to read instrumentation, ample storage facilities, and comfortable enough seating.
Summing it up; the new Holden Astra looks good, has all the features most small car buyers want (even in the entry-level model) and handles city and highway driving without any real fuss.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Holden Astra R
Engine: 1.4 litre petrol producing 110kW/240Nm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Safety: No score for base-model R, all others have five-star
Price: from $21,490 (manual) and $22,490 (auto)