Holden Astra

Starting price $20,490
Georgie savings $1,229 - $282,080


With its modern and ground breaking styling, the latest infotainment technology and sophisticated engineering, the all-new Holden Astra makes a very strong first impression. It is back to tempt you away from a Mazda3, Toyota Corolla or Hyundai i30. It certainly has the looks but can it tick all your boxes?


European Car of the Year with an Aussie touch

The all-new Astra beat out some very tough competition to win European Car of the Year, including Volvo XC90, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XE and Audi A4. Those are some of the world's most technologically advanced vehicles, so that just shows you how cutting edge the Astra really is.

From the moment you enter the interior, you will be amazed by the clean and high-quality layout. Every button, knob and surface is designed to reward your fingertips and help you adjust audio or temperature settings with minimal distraction.

The body is made from advanced materials and is up to 200kg lighter than the old model, meaning it is very agile in traffic and as safe as you would expect. A 5 star ANCAP rating is standard with every Astra, whether you choose the sexy hatch, sedan or handy wagon.


A high-quality technology feast, no matter which model you choose

Holden has stuffed the new Astra with all the technology you could imagine to help keep you connected to your phone and as safe as can be on the road.

Available safety features include lane departure warning and lane keep assistance, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision alert, and advanced parking assistance that can maneouvre the car automatically into tricky spots without you needing to use your hands.

Every Astra is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to give you the best smartphone interactivity and a wide variety of audio options.

It looks the part too, with lusty 17-inch wheels standard even on the entry-level Astra R. Moving up to the RS or RS-V will get you larger wheels and some subtle styling additions to give it an even more premium look, if you thought that was possible. Eight distinctive colours will set your new car apart from the pack, including whites and silvers, a radiant Deep Sky Blue, tropical Carragreen, racy Absolute Red or exotic Coconut Brown.

With capped-price servicing and Holden's roadside assistance package, high style doesn't equal high maintenance.



Our verdict

Astra wins us over with its impressive standard equipment list, great infotainment system, fresh design and superbly tuned lightweight and high-strength chassis. Add in safety features, user-friendliness and low running costs and you have a winner. There are no major negatives or alarm bells that we can see, only that there are competitors with superior warranties, better roadside assistance packages and full-size spare tyres. But all things considered, this could be the most well-rounded contender in its class at the moment. As a true European thoroughbred with a refreshingly simple approach to ergonomics and drivetrain, that first impression runs deep.


5 specs you need to know:

  1. Engine: 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder
  2. Transmission and drive: Six-speed manual or auto, front-wheel drive
  3. ANCAP safety rating: Five Stars
  4. Official fuel economy: 5.8L/100km (7.0L/100km during test)
  5. Time from 0-100km/h: 8.73 seconds



  • Sleek, fresh and upmarket design
  • Plenty of standard features for the price
  • Nimble handling
  • Refinement and stability



  • Old engine
  • Space-saver spare tyre





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