2018 Holden Astra Hatch Review - Asian Car Guide
November 15, 2018




2018 Holden Astra Hatch Review

2018 holden astra hatch

Now that all car manufacturing has ended in Australia, Holden, Ford and Toyota are in the unfamiliar position of concentrating solely on the sale of imported vehicles, and Holden’s Astra hatch is important here, hatches, SUV’s and Utes being the preferred choices these days.

The Astra name will be used for both sedan and hatch, but these are sourced differently, the BK hatch from Opel, built in Poland, and the BL sedan (American Chevy Cruze, but not called so in Australia), built in South Korea, but from the same GM global car platform as the hatch.

The previously German owned Opel Company was sold to the French Peugeot-Citroen group in early 2017, but will remain a Holden supplier for at least the next 5 years. (Also now a wagon variant of the Astra from Vauxhall in the UK has arrived, further internationalising sources!)

All of this means with the Astra hatch you are getting a European designed, engineered and built car.

It is very smart looking, drives very well, and is very well stocked with the current level of driver assist and safety features. It is a 5 doors, front wheel drive, 5 seater (4 reasonably sized adults plus child).

There are 4 levels of trim (R, R+, RS and RS-V), 2 turbo-petrol engines, 1.4 litre (R, R+) or 1.6 litre (RS, RS-V), and 6 speed manual or optional 7 speed automatic transmission, and a ‘sports mode’ switch.

We looked at the top spec RS-V, and this greatly impresses as obviously the one to get if affordable, with all that it has to offer.

The entry level R variant, however, presents as a very well designed hatch that should be an appealing choice in the market catered to by the likes of Hyundai i30, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3.

Externally, this hatch looks very appealing, with a long sloping windscreen meeting the roof in a curve that slopes up, then down gradually to a rear spoiler and onto a still sloping rear window, combined with a side shoulder running in a line upwards from front to back, and more interesting creases and convolutions on the front sides and back of the car.

The cabin is very spacious, the windscreen being a long way forward, with minimalistic and well-designed dash area.

There is enough head and knee room to accommodate two six footers one behind the other. There are bottle holders on the door, and a mini driver’s glove compartment beside the steering wheel.

There is a 7-inch colour touch info screen, or 8-inch with the RS-V and it blends very tastefully into the dash components. Reversing Cam, Satnav, Apple and Android connection, Digital Audio Radio are provided.

There is a big range of drive assist and safety equipment, including, for all trim levels: cruise control, airbags on Front and Side for driver and front passenger, plus Full length side curtain airbags, front & rear seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters, ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorage System for two child seats, Electric Power Steering (EPS), plus Electronic Stability Control (ESC) incorporating: Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control System (TCS).

HoldenEye, new to Australia, a forward facing camera system, provides Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert with Head Up Warning and Following Distance Indicator, Forward Looking Brake Assist and Automatic Emergency Braking.

All cars have LED tail and Daytime Running Lamps, and Halogen projector headlamps, but the RS-V has optional clever Intellilux Adaptive LED Matrix Headlamps with auto levelling, anti-dazzle auto high beam assist and adaptive forward lighting.

Remote engine start and Stop/Start Tech are standard for RS-V.

The smaller turbo boosted engines provide good fuel economy, acceleration and performance, the 1.6L being especially capable.

We found this car great fun to drive, very manoeuvrable, handling cornering, bumps and braking well, and expect it to be popular and to see a lot of them on the road.

2018 Holden Astra – Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: $21,990(R); $26,490(RS); $30,990(RS-V). Auto gearbox adds $2,200 on each model
  • Engine: direct inject Turbo Petrol, 1.4-litre four-cylinder front-wheel drive / 1.6-litre
  • Power: 110kW at 6,500rpm / 147kW for Astra RS and RS-V
  • Torque: 240Nm (auto) / 245Nm (manual) / 280Nm for Astra RS and RS-V
  • Transmission: Manual or optional Auto, 6-speed
  • Suspension: McPherson Strut Front and Compound crank Watts’s link rear.
  • Dimensions mm: L 4,386mm/ W 2,042mm/ H 1,485/ WB 2,662mm
  • Fuel: recommended for 1.4L 91 RON, 1.6L 95RON
  • Fuel tank: 48 Litres
  • Wheels: Multispoke 17″ alloy 225/45R17, except RS-V, Two-tone 18″ 225/40R18, Compact steel spare
  • Warranty: 3-years/100,000km
  • Servicing: Holden lifetime capped, service intervals 9 months/15,000km with a total price $916.00 over first 3 years