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2017 Holden Astra now on sale in Australia from $21,990

November 11, 2016

The 2017 Holden Astra is officially on sale now in Australia, with prices for the car that took out last year’s European Car of the Year starting at $21,990.

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The all-new Holden Astra has been developed by GM’s German arm, Opel, and is 160kg lighter than its predecessor and offers a range of new powertrains.

The Astra will be offered in three variants; R, RS and RS-V. The base R model is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo ECOTEC constructed from aluminium. It produces 110kW and 240Nm, offering an average fuel consumption of 5.8L/100km. The R variant receives 17-inch alloys, a rear-view camera, LED headlamps, six airbags and cruise control as standard.

Stepping up into the RS variant adds a beefier 1.6-litre turbocharged ECOTEC engine producing 147kW and 300Nm, offering an average consumption of 6.3-6.5L/100km for manual and auto. It comes with five-spoke 17-inch alloys, leather steering wheel, advanced park assist, Holden Eye forward facing camera and automatic wipers.

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The top of the line RS-V Astra adds two-toned 18-inch alloys, LED taillamps, leather heated steering wheel, remote start functionality, and satellite navigation as standard.

Director of vehicle performance at Holden, Ian Butler, said mass reductions in the body-in-white, drivetrain and the suspension system have been “critical in helping deliver a nimble, responsive and efficient” new model. He said:

“Importantly, Holden engineers have also had a significant contribution to the development of Astra, including the co-development of the automatic transmission calibration. Our engineers also employed their gravel-road chassis controls experience, and at Holden’s proving ground in Lang Lang, Victoria, to develop smooth and progressive Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control systems.”

The 2017 Holden Astra is available from Holden dealerships now. Prices and optional packages are listed below.

2017 Holden Astra Recommended Retail Pricing

1.4L turbo R manual – $21,990
1.4L turbo R automatic – $24,190

1.6L turbo RS manual – $26,490
1.6L turbo RS automatic – $28,690

1.6L turbo RS-V manual – $30,990
1.6L turbo RS-V automatic – $33,190

Special Packs

Driver Assist Pack (optional on R, available April 2017) – $1000

  • Leather steering wheel
  • Electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Holden Eye forward facing camera
    • Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Lane Keep Assist
    • Forward Distance Indicator
    • Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning

Touring Pack (optional on RS-V) – $1990

  • Electric sunroof
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

Innovations Pack (optional on RS-V) – $3990

  • Electric sunroof
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • IntelliLux adaptive LED matrix headlamps

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.