Opel Astra 1.7 CDTI Elegance Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
The old GM might have been a bad car company, but it was launching some
seriously good cars, especially (but not limited to) the ones developed at
Opel in Germany. The Opel Insignia is current European Car of the Year,
which bodes well for the related Buick LaCrosse and Regal. Now Opel has
done it again with the new Astra. Honestly it's one of the best compact
hatchbacks made anywhere in the world, a car fit to take on the VW Golf for
refinement and driving ability.
But for Americans, the meaning of all this is uncertain. The Astra was
originally supposed to provide the basis for a Saturn and a Saab, but GM
has jettisoned those brands, as well as Opel itself.
Of course, New GM might well have access to this platform. At this writing,
an MOU has been signed with Russia's Sberbank and Magna that will give New
GM a 35-percent stake in Opel. How it might use it is uncertain, and even
the final signing of the Magna deal is not a foregone conclusion.
The 174-inch Astra has a three-inch-longer wheelbase than its predecessor,
the car sold unsuccessfully here as the Saturn Astra. It also has a much
more sweeping look. Distinctive elements include arrowhead jewelry in the
light clusters, a sculpted blade in the bodyside, and strong shoulders. The
photo car wears 19-inch wheels, though our tester has more reasonable
225/50 17 tires.
Click to view GalleryThe interior derives much of its upscale feel and
design from the Insignia. The sweeping center stack has finger-friendly
switchgear that manages to carry out a wide range of tasks without the need
for an iDrive-type controller. Habitability is helped by an array of cabin
storage, including a big console bin enabled by the presence of an electric
park brake switch instead of a foot-long manual handle.
Ex-GM product czar Bob Lutz used to talk about producing vehicle
architectures with the flexibility to use a set of different suspensions,
depending on how premium the result needed to be. The Astra is an example.
It's the same platform as the Chevy Cruze, but the suspension gets some
notable refinements. At the front, it has the same lower control arms as
the Cruze, but there are supplementary rebound springs in the suspension to
take the load off the front anti-roll bar and reduce understeer. At the
rear, the torsion beam axle is supplemented by a Watts linkage, which
affords better axle articulation than the more typical (and cheaper)
Panhard rod. This design allows the bushings that take the lateral loads to
be separated from those that take the longitudinal. The former are stiff --
for handling finesse -- while the latter are soft for ride comfort.Not that
long ago I was at a BBC drinks party in the dimly lit, wood-panelled
boardroom in Broadcasting House when I noticed a pretty blonde girl on the
other side of the room.
Later, I found myself a little closer, and again I was struck by her
beauty. But then, as the evening was drawing to a close, I turned round to
find she was right next to me and . . . oh, bloody hell — it was Esther
The same sort of thing happened last week as we were preparing to film Top
Gear. Loads of cars were being delivered, some for the studio, some for the
Stig to take round on the track. But I was distracted from the whirl of
cabling and the cackle of walkie-talkies by a sleek-looking silver
hatchback. "My," I thought. "That's a handsome brute."
As the morning wore on I kept seeing it and I kept thinking: that really is
a very good looking car. And then I had the oh-no moment as I discovered it
was a Vauxhall Astra. And not a sporty, low-riding version either with fat
tyres and a hint of menace to its spoilers. It was the floury (not flowery)
1.8 litre five-door — the sort of thing you'll rent next time you're at
There's been a bit of a tectonic shift in the world of the family hatchback
recently, mainly because of the Volkswagen Golf. For 30 years it's been the
solid, well made fallback for those who wanted a taste of the exotic but
nothing too challenging. Think of it as Ben Nevis: not as difficult as an
Alfa Romeo Everest, but not as dull as a Ford hill in northern
Derbyshire.The new version, however, really doesn't seem to have captured
anyone's imagination. Some say it's the price, which is steep, others argue
that VW has lost the quality plot recently.
I think the problem is that in these exciting times, with credit cards from
Fish and Egg, there's no need to buy a medium-size mountain when you can
have a waterfall or a volcano. Whatever, I sense the world is full of
disaffected Golf owners bumping into street furniture as they roam around,
wondering what on earth they should buy next.
These guys are bound to be attracted by the Renault Mégane.
It has a five-star safety rating and a pert bottom, which means it's
cold-prickly and warm-fuzzy all at the same time. It's also cheap and well
Jak zamontować światła do jazdy dziennej?
W czasie jazdy w ciągu dnia nie musimy używać świateł mijania --
zgodnie z przepisami wystarczą światła do jazdy dziennej. Wyposażone w
nie auta są lepiej widoczne i zużywają mniej paliwa. Na szczęście od
niedawna obowiązują przepisy, które pozwalają zmniejszyć
uciążliwości związane z całodobową jazdą na światłach.
W ciągu dnia można już używać wyłącznie przednich, homologowanych
świateł do jazdy dziennej. Z naszego filmu dowiesz się jak je poprawnie
Programowanie świateł dziennych Astra III - OPEL Dixi-Car
Zapraszamy na programowanie świateł dziennych w Oplu Corsa C i D, Astra
III, Vectra C, Signum, Meriva A, Zafira B, Combo C. Po zaprogramowaniu
światła mijania będą nam się włączały same zaraz po tym jak
uruchomimy silnik. Serwis OPEL Dixi-Car zaprasza na programowanie