Opel Astra (1998 - 2004)
We say:
A decent German competitor to the mainstay Japanese, the Astra retained its value pricing even if everyone else's went up. Built like a tank, it's solid but slow and lethargic (especially with the automatic). Nonetheless, it does have everything that a Corolla would have sans interior space. Sadly, support from GM/Opel hasn't been exemplary.

Affordably priced, solid and there's wagon version.
Snail slow, no dealer support.

Ownership ClubComfort
Classification Compact CarCompact Car
Under the Hood
Engine 1.6 DOHC 16V I41.6 DOHC 16V I4
Maximum Output (bhp @ rpm) 110 @ 6000110 @ 6000
Maximun Torque (Nm @ rpm) 150 @ 3600150 @ 3600
Fuel Type / Recom. Octane Gasoline / 93~Gasoline / 93~
Fuel System / Aspiration EFI / NAEFI / NA
Fuel Mileage (km/L)
Transmission 5-speed MT 4-speed AT5-speed MT 4-speed AT
Cruise Control NoNo
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 42884252
Width (mm) 17091709
Height (mm) 15101425
Wheelbase (mm) 26142610
Curb Weight (kg)
Body Type 5-door wagon4-door sedan
Engine / Drive F/FF/F
Seating 55
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson StrutIndependent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Rigid Axle, Twist Beam AxleRigid Axle, Twist Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented DiscVented Disc
Rear Brakes DrumDrum
Tires 195/60 R 15 (f & r)195/60 R 15 (f & r)
Wheels Alloy 15 x 6.0 (f & r)Alloy 15 x 6.0 (f & r)
Safety Features
Airbags DriverDriver
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) YesYes
Traction / Stability Control NoneNone
Other Safety Features NoneNone
Exterior Features
Fog Lamps Front, rearFront, rear
Other Exterior Features Rear wiper and washer systemNone
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt, manualTilt, manual
Steering Wheel Material UrethaneUrethane
Seating Adjustment ManualManual
Seating Surface FabricFabric
Other Interior Features Comfort + luggage compartment cover and netSilver accents; 60/40 split-fold rear seat
Convenience Features
Power Amenities Steering, door locks, windows and mirrorsSteering, door locks, windows and mirrors
Climate Control Manual,Manual,
Audio System Stereo/cassette/CD with 4 speakersStereo/cassette/CD with 4 speakers
No. of Speakers 44
Hands-Free Phone NoNo
On-Board Computer NoNo
Keyless Entry NoNo
Alarm and Immobilizer NoNo
Our Take
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