The Holden Astra R is the lowest spec version of the new Astra, but it is packed with nice features… more or less. It should be viewed as a nice family hatch adorned with some cool comfort, sport and tech features found only in higher class cars, but also lacking some of the common features especially for the rear passengers.
Things are similarly diverse in the engine department. There are only two, but they provide noticeably different driving feels. The lower spec 1.4 Turbo capable OK on paper, but you need to push it hard to get into the sporty territory that matches the looks and the R mark.

Specifications

Engine Size: 1.4 Litre Turbo
Max. Power: 110kW @ 5000rpm
Max. Torque: 240Nm @ 2000rpm
Fuel Type: Petrol
Fuel Consumption: 5.8 L/100km
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual

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Key Features

  • Nice tech and safety
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Great Fuel Economy
  • Cool styling even for the entry level model

Would you give advantage to the design, comfort, style, practicality and tech of the front seats, or would you be put off by the spartan rear seats? Have a look at Jenna’s breakdown of the Holden Astra R and decide for yourself based on what you are looking for in a car…

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