Opel Astra: Character lines

Its good to see the Astra back and ready for a fight. And despite Opel parent company GMs recent financial [filtered word], its good to see its brand values are largely intact. New Astra is still a thrilling drive for the 2% of the time you need it to be, and in default Tour mode, still a pleasure to cruise in when youre faced with real life 98% of the time. Is it as good as the latest Golf? On paper, yes. It offers great German build quality, competitive pricing and a design which this time will blend in with the neighbours. Where the latest Astra falls short however, is on character. Its too robotic, clinical even. But you could level that arrow at most new vehicles. Ultimately, the fate of the Astra will be decided by the car buyer you. And with increasingly stiffer competition from Fords Focus, Renaults new Megane, and the stalwart Toyota AurisX, this is shaping up to be the hatchs biggest fight yet.

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