Overview – Opel (Vauxhall) Astra Electric
Opel and Vauxhall have unveiled the new Astra Electric and Astra Sports Tourer Electric, their first fully electric compact hatchback and estate vehicles. The Astra Electric vehicles adopt a fully electric powertrain, which will be joining the petrol and plug-in hybrid versions of the Opel/Vauxhall Astra range. The Astra’s design looks nearly identical to their existing gas-powered versions, but this electric model’s absence of exhaust pipes and the ‘e’ badge on the tailgate indicates its electric nature.
The Astra Electric fulfills customers’ expectations who are looking for sustainable vehicles and may consider it as a part of their future transportation. The Vauxhall Astra, on the other hand, is a new model that marks a comeback for the brand since it became part of the Stellantis group. The car stands out in a highly competitive market with its impressive qualities such as its aesthetic appeal, handling, and generous standard equipment. The hatchback is a strong contender in its segment, with impressive qualities such as a spacious interior, sharp handling, and excellent standard equipment.
Opel (Vauxhall) Astra Electric – Energy And Carbon Efficiency
The Opel Astra Electric has a relatively low emission rate of 75 gCO2/mile. This places it in the lower range of emissions when compared to other electric vehicles in the list.
The Dacia Spring Electric has the lowest emissions at 67 gCO2/mile, followed by the Renault Megane E-Tech EV60 130hp with 79 gCO2/mile. The highest emissions are from the Audi SQ8 e-tron, at 142 gCO2/mile. It is worth noting that all of these vehicles have significantly lower emissions than their internal combustion engine counterparts.
The Opel Astra Electric’s emission figures demonstrate its commitment to reducing its environmental impact and being a more sustainable transportation option. While it may not be the absolute lowest in emissions, it still stands out as a very green choice among electric vehicles.
EV Engine, Power and Performance
The Astra Electric is fitted with a front-mounted single electric motor that produces 154 hp of power and 270 Nm of torque. The electric vehicle comes with three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport, that prioritize range or performance depending on the circumstances. Similarly, the Vauxhall Astra is available with an array of powertrains, including a hybrid variant that is well-suited to the city. There’s also a petrol engine which, when paired with a manual gearbox, provides a great driving experience. On the other hand, a plug-in hybrid powertrain may be the best option for those who spend more highway time than in cities.
Interior Comfort and Cargo Dimensions
Opel claims that the underbody placement of the battery doesn’t compromise space for passengers and luggage. The Astra Sports Tourer Electric has a cargo capacity between 516-1,553 lt (18.2 – 54.8 cubic feet), which is slightly lower than the ICE-powered equivalent. But, it still offers ample space for passengers, luggage, and equipment. The Astra’s interior, on the other hand, is simple yet well-equipped with comfortable, adjustable seats and soft-touch materials. Legroom is slightly tight for the back seat, but there’s plenty of space for cargo. The hatchback’s boot is among the largest in its class, which suggests ample space for stowing essentials or luggage.
Infotainment, Tech and Connectivity
The Astra sports a Pure Panel digital cockpit with dual 10-inch screens and a head-up display, while Astra’s infotainment system is mounted correctly and equipped with modern features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The company provided a variety of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of the Intelli-Drive 2.0 package, together with the Adaptive Intelli-Lux LED Pixel Light functionality. Moreover, the Astra Electric comes with 18-inch alloy wheels in a diamond cut or fully black finish and the sportier bumpers of the GS Line. There’s also an option to upgrade the sound system and add wireless smartphone charging.
The Astra Electric and Vauxhall Astra are both fitted with advanced safety features. The Astra Electric offers many standard safety features, including a bunch of ADAS as part of the Intelli-Drive 2.0 package, together with the Adaptive Intelli-Lux LED Pixel Light system, and multi-adjustable AGR-approved sports seats that enhance the vehicle’s safety aspect. The Vauxhall Astra, on the other hand, is fitted with a 360-degree parking camera, head-up display, parking sensors, brake support technology, and hands-free parking. These are essential for optimal performance, especially when driving on the motorway.
Manufacturers usually provide comprehensive warranty coverage for electric vehicles to provide customers with more peace of mind. However, the information about the specific warranty for Astra Electric is yet to be disclosed by the company. Opel’s general new vehicle warranty covers manufacturing or material defects for three years (unlimited mileage for the first 24 months and subject to a total mileage limit of 100,000 kilometers from first registration). This warranty covers repairs or replacement of parts and labour by an Opel-trained technician. Certain factors, such as wear and tear, do not qualify for this coverage.
Final Thoughts – Opel (Vauxhall) Astra Electric
The new Astra Electric and Vauxhall Astra are excellent additions to Opel and Vauxhall’s fleet of vehicles. The Astra Electric offers a compelling electric powertrain, range, and driving experience to cater to a new generation of drivers looking for sustainable vehicles. At the same time, the Vauxhall Astra’s impressive qualities such as its spacious interior, sharp handling, and excellent standard equipment make it a strong contender in the family hatchback segment. Though the plug-in hybrid models may not live up to their paper promises in terms of efficiency, they still remain a viable option for those who spend more city than highway time.
|Number Of Seats||5|
|Estimated Energy Efficiency|
|Efficiency (mi/kWh)||5.1 mi/kWh|
|Efficiency (km/kWh)||8.2 km/kWh|
|Horsepower||113 HP (115 PS)|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||8 seconds|
|Towing Weight||No data|
|Charge Port||Type 2|
|Fast Charge Power Max||100 kW DC|
|Fast Charge Time||26 min|
|Adult Safety Rating||none|
|Child Safety Rating||none|
|Available Countries||United Kingdom,The Netherlands,Germany|
|Date Of Availability||Expected June 2023|
|Estimated Carbon Efficiency (Grid/Country Dependent)|
|USA||76 gCO2/mi (47 gCO2/km)|
|Iceland||6 gCO2/mi (4 gCO2/km)|
|Canada||17 gCO2/mi (17 gCO2/km)|
|France||21 gCO2/mi (13 gCO2/km)|
|Efficient Gas Car||272 g CO2/mi (170 g CO2/km)|
|Size (kWh)||50.8 kWh|
|Voltage (V)||377 V|
|WLTP Range (km)||416|
|Car Length||172 inches (4374 mm)|
|Car Width||73 inches (1860 mm)|
|Car Height||58 inches (1470 mm)|
|Cargo (Trunk or Boot) Volume||12 cu ft (352 L)|
|Frunk Volume||0 cu ft (0 L)|