The new generation Opel Astra Van was launched in 2006 and was build on the base of the previous model that was available since 1998.
The new model comes with an increased load capacity and a more modern look continuing to offer the same advantages as the old Astra van.
The Opel Astra Van was designed for those for whom personal comfort is more important than the cargo capacity hence the vehicle can be considered to be closer to a car than to a van.
The new generation Opel Astra Van is available with 1.4 liter petrol, 1.4 liter diesel, 1.7 liter diesel and 1.9 liter diesel engines which develop between 89 and 120 hp. The strongest engine can tow up to 685kg unbraked.
The exterior design is pretty modern, but the van still keeps the same allure as the old model. Up front there is a stylish grille which received a thin chromed bar and the company logo in its center, while two big headlights flank the grille enhancing the modern look of the vehicle. The bumper has also received a stylish design and it’s fitted with a central air intake and two fog lamps.
Along the sides, the Astra van received a long crease which accentuates the shoulder line giving the vehicle a touch of dynamism.
At the back there is a modern set of taillights and a roof hinged hatch which is decorated with a chromed horizontal strip.
The load area is 1.78m long, 1.38m wide (1.10m between the arches) and 0.91m high, offering a load volume of 1.58 cubic metres. The load length can be increased with up to 2.68 m if the vehicle is fitted with an optional fold flat passenger seat. The standard equipment includes six floor-mounted anchor points and a half-height bulkhead.
The cabin offers a lot of space and there is plenty of leg and head room for both the driver and passenger. The interior design looks pretty good too and the entire cockpit feels surprisingly upscale and refined.
We also like the materials and build quality which look lasting. There are also various aluminium inserts which give a sporty touch to the entire cockpit.
The driver’s seat is height adjustable and offers a fair level of comfort thanks to its good back and lateral support. The steering wheel can be also adjusted for both reach and rake, so finding your favorite driving position won’t be a hard job.
The old model offered a great road visibility and the new generation makes no exception as it’s fitted with big windows and a wide windscreen. The exterior mirrors are also fairly big and offer a wide angle of visibility.
The instrument cluster comes with three round gauges which have a neat layout and are easy to understand.
Take a fast look around the cab and you’ll be able to find a lot of storage places, consoles and cubbies which are ready to swallow various items. Among the list of useful features you’ll find electric windows, heated electric mirrors, CD player and other.
Engines and performance
The engine line includes three CDTi common rail diesels and a 1.4 litre petrol. As it was expected, the diesel units are the bestsellers. The entry level diesel is a 1.3 litre engine which comes with 89 hp on tap and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. Despite the fact that it’s the weakest engine in the lineup, the 1.3 lliter diesel rewards you with a powerful acceleration and a muscular response without sacrificing the average fuel economy which is rated at 60 mpg.
The 1.7-litre CDTi unit is slightly stronger delivering a maximum output of 99 hp and 240 Nm of torque at 2300 rpm. The top of the range engine is a 1.9 liter CDTi which boosts 118 hp and 280 Nm @ 2000 rpm. Needless to say that this engine is our favorite choice, as it’s best suited for the Astra’s chassis. The fuel consumption is not bad either, being rated somewhere around 50 mpg.
Opel Astra Van Engines Specifications
|1.4 liter||100 @ 6000||130 @ 4000||Petrol|
|1.3 liter||89 @ 4000||200 @ 1750||Diesel|
|1.7 liter||99 @ 3800||240 @ 2300||Diesel|
|1.9 liter||118 @ 4000||280 @ 2000||Diesel|
Ride and handling
Thanks to the smart suspensions setup, the Opel Astra van is able to offer a smooth ride and it deals well with heavy loads too. The vehicle reward you with an adequate grip and the body lean its perfectly kept in check, permitting you to get confident even during wet conditions.
We also like the well weighted steering as you can rely on it with confidence at both low and high speeds. Needless to say that overall, the vehicle has civilized road manners and handless fairly good.
On the other hand , the driver will need to learn how to leave with constant wind and tire noise which fills the cabin at higher speeds.
The Opel Astra is the only van of its type available on today’s market which means it has no competition. Compared to a full sized van, the Astra will always come on the second place in terms of load volume, but when it comes to overall refinement and road manners, the German van will always come on top.
The cabin is fairly refined and comfortable being also fitted with a lot of useful equipments to make your driving experience more pleasurable. There is also a plethora of engines to choose from and it won’t be hard to find the perfect solution for your business.
The van is pretty cheap to maintain too and its acquisition price tag won’t break the bank either.