Rave reviews from Motoring journalists
The all-new Astra has been recognised with a very prestigious award - the 2016 European Car of the Year.
And while we are very proud of this, we are even more chuffed when local New Zealand journalists drive and review our Astra on our own soil.
Here are a few key quotes from their local launch experience:
It has a revvy personality and could be hurried along with plenty of enthusiasm
“The Astra presentation was followed up by about 300km looping around Hawke’s Bay roads that showcased the crisp driving dynamics and modern high-torque turbo urge that places the Astra among the more compelling drives in the small car segment.
Yet it wasn’t the 1.6-litre RS and RS-V models I drove at the launch last week that proved the most compelling.
The entry level 1.4-litre emerged as the surprise package with its performance closer to the larger engine than the numbers suggest.
It has a revvy personality and could be hurried along with plenty of enthusiasm and delivered the impression of punching above its weight.” - Colin Smith, 17.03.17; NZ Herald Driven, Bay of Plenty Times
...those manuals help make the new Astra just a little bit different
“But those manual models are great, they must have been, given the enthusiastic motoring that took place over hilly and winding roads inland from Napier. And those manuals help make the new Astra just a little bit different.”
-Rob Maetzig, 11.03.17; Dominion Post
They handled the demanding route comfortably...
“Those calibrations were put to a decent test at a launch of last week when motoring journalists tried all three variants across some testing roads inland from Napier.
They handled the demanding route comfortably. The six-speed manuals especially were right at home in the conditions, the 1.4-litre R standing out as the "funster" in the pack.”
-John Maslin, 11.03.17; Wanganui Chronicle
Here are some links to press articles: