2019 Opel Astra 1.6L OPC-Line Test Drive Review

Opel South Africa have introduced a newer, sportier model to its Astra line-up and it is the now range topping OPC-Line. 

We like: 

  • Sporty power
  • Comfortability 
  • Interior trim

We don’t like:

  • Price
  • Fuel consumption

It’s interesting to me that this car comes in at R509 900 which isn’t far off Golf GTI money, however as this Astra isn’t a full blown OPC it is more directed towards family living. 

The car comes with everything you would expect a R500 000 car to have, maybe more so… Because the Astra OPC-Line is bathed in tech coming as standard, such as; all-round heated seats, heated steering wheel, automatic rain/light sensors, parking sensors, park assist (it will actually park itself!), lane-keeping assist, reversing camera, blind spot monitoring, climate control, a Navi 900 8-inch IntelliLink infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay/Android Auto with Satellite navigation, hill start assist, and the list goes on and on really. The only optional extra, which our test car didn’t feature, is a tilt and slide sunroof.

Being the OPC-Line, there are quite a few upgrades that have been made to the car, mainly being that 1.6L turbo petrol engine that can push out a whopping 147kW and 280Nm of torque, any more than that and it might as well be a full blown OPC! The car can accelerate from 0-100km/h in an acclaimed 7.8 seconds, however upon driving it for a few days it does feel a lot quicker than that… I must say, this car impresses when it comes to handling that power, and the automatic gearbox surprisingly copes really well with hard driving. The Astra will surely put a smile on your face driving it day to day, and I think that is an important characteristic to have in a car when you consider buying one. 

Power aside, the OPC-Line features revised front and rear bumpers, as well as 18-inch wheels and chrome exhaust tips to give the Astra a sportier look. The interior isn’t too much different compared to the Astra Sport, however it still looks quite premium and up to date nonetheless.

On the open road I found the car to be extremely comfortable with gear changes happening seamlessly and going unnoticed. The ride is smooth but still hard enough when you start to get a heavy foot, giving you the utmost confidence in the corners! 

This car is honestly a joy to drive, the only thing putting me off about it is the poor fuel consumption. I was averaging close to 10L/100km and the fuel tank isn’t exactly big, so I was just watching the needle drop which isn’t exactly a good feeling. That’s about the only gripe I have about the Astra, as well as the hefty price tag, but other than that this is definitely a car you should consider if you’re looking at mid-ranged family hatchbacks.

You’ll also be happy to know that the car comes with a 3-year/120 000km warranty, 5-year 90 000km service plan, 3-year 120 000km roadside assistance and a 12-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty.