2017 Holden Astra RS-V Review

2017 Holden Astra RS-V Review

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.

2017 Holden Astra RS-V ReviewThere was a TV commercial for the Astra where a buyer thought the interior was a European car. Though not quite, they weren’t far off the mark.

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.

2017 Holden Astra RS-V ReviewWith 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

Origin: Poland

Price: From $31,740

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