Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid Review (2022) How Does It Drive?

The tinned door slams and we start the sluggish, noisy engine. The smells and sounds are a feast of recognition. The little supportive seat creaks when we adjust it. We push the small gear lever roughly into gear and grab the thin steering wheel. Coughing a little, the Opel comes out of its place; he hasn’t woken up yet.

Don’t laugh, this isn’t about the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid. At Opel, we are proud that we have now reached the tenth generation of the mid-range station wagon; therefore they pulled all predecessors out of the museum at the press release in Rüsselsheim and showed them. The carriages are old, but brand new. So when someone hands us the keys to a baby shit brown 1984 Kadett D Caravan, we have to experience this relic of our childhood.

The new Astra is a sibling of the Peugeot 308

It’s fine for the tank, but of course the outdated Kadett doesn’t say much about the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid. If only because five years ago, after being part of General Motors for decades, Opel switched to Stellantis. The new Astra is a product of that group and therefore shares its basis and technology with, for example, the Peugeot 308 and Citroën C4. The Kadett had absolutely nothing in common with the predecessors of these cars in its time. Apart from rust sensitivity.

But where GM has struggled to keep Opel on track for the past twenty years, and in the meantime has only lost a lot of money doing so, Stellantis has turned the brand 180 degrees. Opel is now healthy, making profits and coming up with fresh and daring designs that no one saw coming. Every time we see such a bright green new Mokka driving, we have to blink our eyes again.

Smart savings on the Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid

The fact that Stellantis was able to achieve such great success with the brand in such a short time is due, among other things, to smart choices, in addition to platform sharing and cool design. You can see it with the Astra Sports Tourer: it uses the same rear lights as the hatchback. This kind of thing saves a lot of money. Nevertheless, it does not appear from his design that such saving tricks were used.

With its elongated profile and sleek lines, it’s a very handsome station wagon, in no way reminiscent of the ‘good’ thing tugs of the past. Just if we can give you some advice: Just because you can order weird colored inserts for your rims doesn’t mean you should.

Also useful for Opel is that the Stellantis has quite a few modern powertrains. Like its peers, the Astra Sports Tourer comes with a wide range of engines: petrol, diesel and the plug-in hybrid we’re driving here. And like those cars, it will soon also come as an electric car. Yes, the electric station wagon options for crossover haters are starting to sprout here and there.

The wheelbase on the station wagon is longer

The wheelbase of the Sports Tourer is 57 millimeters longer than that of the hatchback, and one would say that this provides more space for the rear seat passengers. However, this 1.83 meter test editor must conclude that this is also unfortunately a C-segmenter, where many adults in the back will not have enough head or leg room to be able to hold out for a long time. This is a sad trend, and to all the designers who actively participate in it, we’d say get in the back of a Golf or Focus and sit there and think about what you’ve done.

Fortunately, the interior of the Astra is otherwise in order. The cargo space has a flat floor of 103 by 103 centimeters and swallows just under 600 liters of gear (unless you take the hybrid, which does 516 liters – and you can’t lose the roller cover under the cargo floor). Up front you’ll find Opel’s usual AGR seats that are good for your back – they’re truly excellent – in that brand is a ‘detoxed’ called environment. It’s nice and looks delicious, albeit a bit somber in this version; but some things we do not fully understand.

Crazy choices in the Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid

For example, what is the idea behind the world’s most prominent sunglass holder, located in the center of the dashboard? And why do you have to mess with unclear icons in your head-up display if you want to set your cruise control? Furthermore, the combination of physical buttons and screens looks nice and works well, although the main screen is a bit far away, there is no Back button and we wish the function to save your battery was not so well hidden.

The hybrid powertrain we already mentioned is a well-known one: 180 hp and 360 Nm from a 1.6 gasoline four-cylinder and an electric motor in front of the transmission, 7.7 seconds from 0 to 100, according to the statement 60 kilometers of full electric driving, or 72 in the city.

The petrol engine is so quiet that now and then we can only deduce from the (digital) tachometer that it is running – the flashing light-plonk even starts to sound a bit loud. In addition, the car’s brain thinks well with you.

The Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid is smart

Some PHEVs chase their e-charge through it in 20 minutes if you’re driving on the highway, but the Astra understands that’s not practical and knows how to use its kWh smartly. This means that you as a driver only have to load and drive and not have to worry about it. As it should be.

You can top up on the go via the transmission’s B position, which provides extra regeneration, or via the aforementioned function, where you can choose how much charge you want to ‘save’ for later. You don’t really drive sporty with the Astra – it’s possible, but the steering gives you a little in return and you always feel a bit of a jerk when you throw a PHEV over a roundabout. But it behaves absolutely stable, moves forward easily, and it has a Sport mode that makes your gas pedal hot and your dashboard red.

The most beautiful mid-range station wagon at the moment? Yes, we actually think so. That we would say it again about an Opel Astra. Besides its wonderful design and successful technology, this Astra is also just a nice companion, and with prices starting at 33 mille or 40 for this Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid (25 and 37 mille respectively in Belgium) we can imagine that He will soon have a solid fan base.

Specifications Opel Astra Sports Tourer Plug-in Hybrid Ultimate (2022)

Engine

1,598 cc
four-cylinder turbo hybrid
180 hp at 6,000 rpm
360 Nm at 1,750 rpm
Drive

front wheel
8v automatic
Performance

0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds
top 225 km/h
Consumption (average)

1.1 l/100 km
25 g/km CO2 (A brand)
Dimensions

4,642 x 1,860 x 1,481 mm (LxWxH)
2,732 mm (wheelbase)
1,617 kg
42 l (petrol)
516 / 1,554 l (luggage)
Prices

€45,449 (NL) – GS-Line
€47,450 (B)

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