The Holden Astra is of course the direct sibling of the European Opel / Vauxhall Astra, which is now becoming available for the fans in the Land Down Under – complete with pricing and specifications.
The compact with German flavor will kick off at AUD $21,990, with the model set as an upscale version to fend off the competition in the crowded segment. This is because the Holden Astra gets as a standard perk the OPC Line body kit from Europe, which adds a host of sporty elements to the design. In Australia, the base powertrain option is the 1.4 turbocharged in the 150 hp version, complete with 230 Nm of torque and mated to a manual transmission when selecting the entry-level R trim level. It also gets perks such as six airbags, 17-inch wheels, rear camera, rear parking sensors, projector headlamps (halogen) with LED daytime running lights and a 7-inch touchscreen for the infotainments system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and DAB+ radio.
The auto transmission will be available on the R from $24,190. But what’s really enticing is the Astra RS, which kicks off at AUD $26,490 with a manual and $28,690 with the automatic. It gets the 1.6 turbo packing 200 hp and 280 Nm of torque (300 Nm with overboost), so we can consider it a hot hatch. The top spec is the RS-V trim with heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, LED lights and an 8-inch display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation – go for the auto and it will set you back at least AUD $33,190.