New and Used Opel Astra for Sale Philippines
There’s more enjoyment to be had with the Opel Astra than some other cars in its segment. For one, the vehicle manages to be an engaging drive, with a refined ride courtesy of a well-balanced steering wheel and quick-to-respond handling—all this without sacrificing on-road comfort. The Lotus Engineering influence is quite obvious, as the vehicle handles rough roads well, even when fully laden. Safety features also rank among the Astra’s main selling points. The Opel Astra G is a small family car designed and manufactured by German car manufacturer Opel since 1991. The vehicle went under a different nameplate in some of the markets it was released in, and was known as the Vauxhall Astra in the U.K., the Buck Excelle XT in China, and the Holden Astra in Australia and New Zealand. The vehicle was also available in various configurations including the Opel Astra hatchback, Opel Astra sedan, Opel Astra wagon, and Opel Astra Cabrio.
The Astra G’s predecessor, the Astra F, was quite a disappointment, with many reviewers pointing out its mediocre engineering, soggy suspension and dated design as the main reasons for its failure. By partnering with Lotus for the Astra G, Opel was able to tweak the chassis, suspension and design that eventually transformed the vehicle into more of a driver’s car. The result was a vehicle with sharper styling, better handling and safety features that ranked among the best in its class at the time. The Astra G is the name Opel assigned to the vehicle model’s second generation, which lasted from 1998 to 2004. This is the only generation that enjoyed widespread distribution in the Philippines—GM Automobiles Philippines bought the Opel marque in 1997 and subsequently brought the Astra G to the country in 2000. Unfortunately, the vehicle didn’t perform well in the market, and coupled with the decision to expand the Chevrolet brand, GM Philippines decided to scrap the Opel Astra Philippines—along with the Opel marque—in 2005. Therefore, if you’re in the market for a 2016 Opel Astra, you won’t be able to get your hands on one anymore.
However, the Astra persists in other markets, and though you cannot purchase an Opel Astra in the Philippines, you can still order one from local vehicle importers. Another option is to buy a 2nd hand Opel Astra in the used cars for sale market in the Philippines. Some of the Astra’s more formidable opponents in its segment include Volkswagen’s Golf, Mazda 323 and Ford Focus.
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Opel Astra Review in the Philippines
The second generation Astra boasted a whopping eight engine choices, including a V8 engine utilized in the ‘Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Series’ version of the vehicle. However, only a lone engine type—an Ecotec 1.6-liter engine—made it to the Philippine vehicle market. This particular Opel Astra engine gives off 110 hp and 150 Nm of max output and torque, respectively. The Opel Astra suspension system comes by way of a front MacPherson strut and a rear rigid axle twist beam.
Opel Astra Fuel Consumption
Below is a list of some popular Opel Astra years and their fuel consumption rates. Figures are in miles per gallon (MPG) format:
Second hand Opel Astra fuel consumption:
- Opel Astra 2004: 7.7 city 4.8 highway, 5.9 combined
- Opel Astra 2003: 7.7 city 4.8 highway, 5.9 combined
- Opel Astra 2002: 7.7 city 4.8 highway, 5.9 combined
- Opel Astra 2001: 9.7 city, 5.6 highway, 7.0 combined
- Opel Astra 2000: 9.7 city, 5.6 highway, 7.0 combined
- Opel Astra 1999: 9.7 city, 5.6 highway, 7.0 combined
Opel Astra Features
Opel Astra Convenience and Entertainment Features
Overall, the Opel Astra is a good car overall, with safety technology that has held up well despite its age. Car buyers on a stringent budget should consider the Opel Astra because of its versatile performance, solid build, and functionality.
- Ergonomic seats
- Air conditioner
- USB Port
- Radio CD
- Driver’s storage bin
- Cup holder
Opel Astra Safety Features
The Opel Astra’s safety features were—at the time—among the best in its class. Early releases were fitted with standard driver’s airbag, with passenger and side airbags being offered as optional. Other safety features equipped in the Astra include:
- Side impact bars
- Seatbelt pretensioners
- Engine immobilizer
- Anti-lock brakes
- Electronic stability
Opel Astra Design
Opel Astra Interior
Take your place at the driver’s seat and you’ll be welcomed by a steering wheel design that was advanced for its time. It features silver plastic trims at the top and bottom, giving the Opel Astra steering wheel a very distinctive and plush quality. Finally, interior size comes at a premium for the Astra—four people can sit comfortably inside the vehicle, but five is pushing it quite a bit.
- Wraparound instrument panel
- Chrome accents & trim
- Modern cockpit
- Detailed door handles
- Adjustable steering wheel
- Power mirrors
Opel Astra Exterior
The Astra is one solid-looking car from the outside, not only because it has minimal lines and creases, but also because, as expected of a German-made car, the gaps between pieces have been rendered almost invisible. The side is devoid of unnecessary angles, so despite the slab-like appearance, there’s no denying that it looks attractively elegant.
- Aerodynamic body
- Refined grille
- Raked rear screen
- Rear lights
- Integrated spoiler
- Sculpted bumper
Opel Astra Color Options
The Astra G went through a slew of different color sets during its run. Below are ten of the Opel Astra’s most popular colors.
- Light Grey
- Dark Grey
- Dark Green
Opel Astra Price List in the Philippines
The Astra cars circulating the Philippine second hand vehicle market are more or less two decades old, which means in case of a breakdown, replacement Opel Astra parts may not be easy to locate, much less purchase. Keep in mind that age also plays a factor in the vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Whatever the case, it’s still worth purchasing due to its affordable price. Below are some 2nd hand Opel Astra prices:
Used Opel Astra Price in the Philippines
- Opel Astra 2003 price in the Philippines: P148,999
- Opel Astra 2002 price in the Philippines: P150,000
- Opel Astra 2001 price in the Philippines: P170,000
- Opel Astra 2000 price in the Philippines: P135,000
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