2017 Holden Astra RS-V road test and review…
The Holden Astra has a special place in my heart. I used to own one – a green 1999 model.
Sure, it served me well until it went to the scrap yard but it was nothing to particularly write home about.
Since then it’s had a brief incarnation as an Opel during their failed foray into the Australian market.
I’m pleased to say current version is nothing like my old one especially the Holden Astra RS-V I got given the keys to.
I was blown away by its style and performance to say the least.
This thing can really go and it’s no wonder with a 1.6L turbo petrol engine under the bonnet capable of producing 147kW and 280Nm.
That’s comparable with a Hyundai Veloster (150kW/265Nm) with a boost in max torque.
Speed from a standing start is punchy and lively and that’s in its default mode.
Hit the Sport mode button and there’s more juice to burn delivering surprising power and acceleration though I noticed some turbo lag.
Handling is satisfactory though a bit vague but still provides good enough control.
More likely to be caused by my lead foot, fuel consumption came out slightly high at 8.6L/100km.
You’re distracted away from the mostly hard plastic interior by the glossy trims, well laid out switchgear and a colour driver info display.
This is complemented by heated leather seats, leather steering wheel and comprehensive and intuitive touch screen with sat nav.
It’s the small touches that add to a car’s overall refinement such as an extendable armrest, spring-loaded ISOFIX doors and a slot on the centre console for your smartphone.
The top of the range Astra come with some unexpected but welcome inclusions.
A heated steering wheel, auto start stop, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control with speed limiter and even parking assist are just some of the features you can expect.
One small grumble I have is with the delay in switching radio stations with the steering wheel mounted button which seems to be common with Holden’s.
A neat tool which I haven’t encountered in other hatches is a distance follow timer.
You know the three second rule? Well this will calculate how many seconds you are trailing the lead car by to help keep a safe speed.
A stopwatch clock is also available for any timing purposes.
Cabin space is comparable with other hatchbacks in terms of legroom, shoulder room and boot space.
With the Holden Astra you get great build quality evident in the quiet cabin and the solid close of the doors.
On top of that is a speedy machine with more performance than you would think and a bucket of fun.
The Holden Astra RS-V is priced from $31,740.
NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Holden Astra RS-V
Engine: 1.6L turbo petrol producing 147kW and 280Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic or manual
Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $31,740