Opel Astra Sedan 1.8 Review
Boot camp

Story by Raymond Lai, pictures by Azfar Hashim
31 May 2008

The Astra finally joins the ever popular "booted camp" here


Saloons that are derived from hatchbacks are often styled awkwardly due to afterthought looking rumps that look like they were grafted on hurriedly. Conjure up images of the Daihatsu Charade saloon, Skoda Fabia saloon and the current Honda City…and you get the drift.

Once in a while though, there are hatchback derived saloon models that looks the part. The Volkswagen Jetta, Renault Megane and Suzuki SX4 are just some of the current models that looks proportionate, even as saloons.

Now, there’s another model to join that list – the Opel Astra sedan. The new four-door model joins the five-door hatchback, estate, GTC coupe and the Twintop convertible to round off the Astra range here.

Well, to be honest, the sedan isn’t exactly based on its five-door hatchback sibling. In order for it to look better proportioned and more handsome, Opel has decided to base it on the longer wheelbase estate model.

From most angles, the new four-door model does look purposeful. That said, one will notice how the nose is all familiar but still looks the part even after all these years since the hatch was launched. At the rear, the sedan’s looks are helped by the nicely penned C-pillar that meets the boot line elegantly.

There’s bits of the larger Vectra from the rear, which is no bad thing, but the relatively large tail lamps could do with a more imaginative lens design - especially in this day and age of LEDs.


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Engine Capacity 1796cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 140bhp @ 6300rpm
Torque 175Nm @ 3800rpm
Power to Weight 106.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 11.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 191 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4587 x 1753 x 1458) mm
Wheelbase 2703 mm
Kerb Weight 1314 kg
Boot Capacity 490 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs