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- BK (Hatchback) RS-V (2016-2020)
- Verified purchase
Great low down grunt and good looking to boot
Good value top of the range hatch.
Plenty of power and smart traditional automatic.
Handles great around the Adelaide Hills and also on the open road.
Fantastic technology with DAB radio, Android Auto, Apple Carplay, self parking, heated seats..........
We found the seats in the R and RS too tight with the side bolsters however the RS-V with leather have a wider seat base and are very comfortable.
The lumbar support adjusts vertically and horizontally.
The only downside so far is it requires 95RON as a minimum.
Simplicity at its finest!
Astra la vista baby. Yes, tested here is the 2017 Holden Astra R manual, the newest iteration of the Astra family launched in Australian showrooms in November 2016.
Starting with design, Astra has always been a good-looking car and this generation is no different. In base model ‘R’ form, Astra really looks quite the package. In a former nod to its predecessor, Astra retains its symmetrical oval headlights with a nice touch of DRL’s (daytime running lamps). On the road, the DRL’s really set the Astra apart from the competition making it quite...a head turner. Side on, Astra really looks the part thanks in construction to the D-Pillar design. The D-Pillar design joins with the C-Pillar window creating an uncommon execution not seen on many cars in its segment. On paper and through photos, the design can look odd and not well executed. But in the metal, the design emphasises Astra’s athletic and svelte European lines perfectly. At the rear, Astra design brings quite a masculine design to the table. In base model R, Astra really looks the business with its Alfa Romeo-esque taillight design and over layer of dark tint, creating an imposing and ‘boss’ look to the design. Dressed in ‘Absolute Red’, Astra really brings a cohesive and exciting design to the table. On the road, Astra is quite the nimble little car. In base ‘R’ format, Astra comes equipped with a 1.4-litre turbo engine comprising of 110kW at 5000rpm and 245NM at 2000rpm (240NM Auto). The engine was previously seen on its predecessor ‘Cruze’ nameplate. Where Cruze stumbled, Astra succeeds with a 100kg+ loss over Cruze scaling in at 1283kg, transforming the engine and meaning Astra is a hoot to drive around town, with steady power and good acceleration surge to keep most A to B drives fun and exciting. 0-100km sits at around the low 7 to high 8 mark, meaning Astra is swift enough to navigate fast paced freeways and roads without hesitation. How’s that translate to economy? Thought you’d never ask. With a 1.4-litre turbo engine and 1283kg of metal to move, Astra is quite efficient. Around town and with a heavy foot, Astra will sit on around 7.0-8.0L/100km. Highway is Astra’s strongpoint with the engine sitting comfortably just below 2000rpm in sixth gear, bringing a fuel efficient 5.0-5.5L/100km to the table. For the record, my personal best on economy was 4.9L/100km.
The engine is little small, but pretty economic. The interior are really good. I am very enjoy when I drive the car. Nothing have problem. It is a good first car. I guess. I would recommend this car probably. Running cost is not too high. The reliability is good. I guess I would have this car for a while.
The driving experience is smooth and fun. Hardly can hear any noise while driving. The insulation does a fantastic job. The ergonomics is perfect for a first car buyer like me. However, lots of cheap plastic in the cabin which makes the quality a bit nasty. Overall a very good first car.
Awesome car when in function...
Why does my astra 05 sedan. TS model
Thump into reverse also thump into drive selection and yet the motor runs and sounds normal.However when in drive car does not want to preform like every other day... trans oil check
Engine oil check. Battery check.. may it be a sensor fault.. car starts fine. Need advice plz
Thanks... Sonya perth...
Good reliable drive
Picked up our 05 Astra Bertone Convertible a few years ago and its been a very reliable drive. They are a good handling car with low outside noise and plenty of cabin room front and back. With the top down the radio increases and decreases volume as needed to compensate for the extra ambient noise. The only real negative is the size of the sunshield being to small to really make much of a difference.
Great car. Love it!
Nice smooth drive, really love its fuel efficiency. Yes to take it for a country trip but can’t wait to go do. Apple Car Play very handy and heaps of information comes from the onboard computer. No regrets at all about my purchase. Will buy an Astra again once my 5-year warranty runs out.
Love it! VXR is a beast!
This car is an absolute weapon. The little 2.0L turbo engine is amazing. I've owned my Astra VXR for over a year now after purchasing it new and I've not had a single complaint except maybe the fuel economy. Smiles per miles I tell myself when driving this car because you don't even think about fuel economy while driving this beast.
Good ride for the price
The astra 1.4 sports hatch is comfortable to drive with an average economy which should be better. In saying this it looks good and well featured for the cost. The integrated handsfree works well and tends to fade a bit with varying noise levels. Overall with a 7 year new car warranty I can't complain
- BK (Hatchback) RS-V (2016-2020)
- Verified purchase
Fantastic car. I purchased the RSV with touring pack. Comes with a huge amount of features, drives like it's on rails and the 1.6 turbo is just perfect. I love the remote start and parking assist. The car needs no extras other than mats and tinting. Oh and it looks great!
Not a Bad for safety
Saved my life in a massive car accident, thank god airbags worked. It was very unfortunate incident, although I believe mechanically this car wasnt A-one but m more happy to be alive. at the time of purchase it felt like a very strong carand reliable too but later iit gave me a little issues
this is a great car need some ideas too get it fixed
I have not driven the car but would love too have my beautiful car on the road. And I need a bit of help to make this hapoen. My car has some sort of problem it won't kick over and it need a water pump replacement would this have anything too do with it.
Love my astra
I've always owned a Holden car and this won't change. I recently upgraded from my old astra and this new one certainly doesn't disappoint. The running costs are minimum as its great on petrol. I love all the new dashboard gadgets and gizmos. Its also roomier than it looks from the outside. Very happy.
Perfect little beautiful vehicle
I find my Holden Astra GTC handles well for short and long distance, fantastic on petrol for my long distance travels.
I love the little red lights and the layout of the dash, I would just like something on the dash to tell me what gear I am in.
My car is only just 2 years old and had never had a issues. The services are quite reasonable which has allowed me to pay off my loan earlier.
12 Years trouble free
Really loved my 2.2 Sri. Had a punchy engine that got upto speed quick. Gear box was smooth but clutch seemed a bit on the touchy side. In my ownership i never had problem and thought the car was well put together. The only problem i had was with the rear wing, you lost a lot of vision from behind with it.
2002 City Coupe - first car - owned for 5 years now
I first got this car when I was 16 years old when I was a learner driver. I am now 21. I have not owned or wanted to own any other car. I have driven a few different vehicles including new ones and this is by far my favourite. Sure, there are lemons out there. Yes, they can and do have issues. The main one being the timing belt/water pump and coil pack. This car came out in 1998 - that's 18 years ago, but you still see plenty of them around and some have no issues at all. So they're not that bad. However not be bias let me tell you about the pr...oblems my car has had. When I first got my astra it needed its throttle body and ECU replaced by Holden (after the previous owners changed the tachometer to an incompatible one that shorted it out) - however the throttle body I discovered I can manually clean out myself (and using 95 or 98 fuel keeps it clean). My car also had coil pack issues that caused it to misfire but since replacing it (did it myself rather than through Holden to save a few hundred dollars) it has not had a single problem in 3 years since fixing these initial problems that came from a lack of regular servicing. When regularly serviced (including good quality oil) these are solid, reliable, sporty little cars. I really enjoy driving it; I have driven from Perth to Albany in it with no issues and it has gotten me to and from uni safely. I get 30mpg on average (7.8L per 100kms) and the car starts first pop every time and doesn't blow any smoke. The boot is spacious (and in the hatch I can fold the seats down - I have helped friends move house and fit so many boxes in the back in my car), it has excellent acceleration power and the build quality is very solid - thick steel, you feel very safe driving it and feel like you're in a larger car than you are. Someone in a big van hit me in the parking lot and the dent pulled right out you can't even notice where it was. I'm pleased I've kept it all this time and hope to keep it for many more years to come.
Was bad would not reccomed don't not buy very pricey in parts and Labour over all bad experience I have a car that won't start after timing belt was replaced and now car won't start if anyone is looking can I plz have some answers if possible thanks in advance
even better than the cruze
this is probably the best car I have owned. it is so responsive through the gears that you don't want to get out of it. the electronics are amazing and overall a great car. the only fault I could put on it is that it offers so much in the way of extras it will take me a while to get used to all of them
Have had my new Astra RS-V for about eight weeks now and love it! Zippy around town and feels very capable on longer drives as well, did the drive up to Canberra last weekend and barely felt it. Great handling, very settled drive & a nice tight, sporty feel which is a step up from my old Cruze which this replaced. Also really like Carplay but I know that's not unique to the Astra.
performance is really really good handling is really perfect not too too much noise though
I really like the interior including dashboard and legroom and etc
the car is really really reliable to my point of view and the running cost for mine is 7.7 petrol per 100 kilo metres
Questions & Answers
Hi can anyone please help me , my thermo fan isn’t working and my engine light came on but. I got it to my mechanics only able to get to 40 clicks as wouldn’t excelerate past this. My mechanic said it is the high pressure fuel pump , but now I’m wondering if it’s not that the car not get enough pressure for fuel but the computer side of it won’t allow it as the thermo fan not working . I seriously need some wisdom as this is costing me a fortune . Thankyou in advance for any ideas
Oil leak not sure where it's coming from and heaters don't work changed thermostat was $130 didn't fix problem
Coolant system flushing and bleeding needed?heater matrix and radiator to be flushed separetly if possible before replacing the coolant and bleeded properly...
Thermostat stuck open?does the car reach operating temperature?thermofan continuosly on?faulty clogged heater matrix?temperature cable selector not working properly?
Just an opinion
After preparing the fuel pump in a Holden Astra TS how do I put the back seat back in
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