We tested the new Opel Astra Hybrid.  It’s an Opel but it’s still German?

We tested the new Opel Astra Hybrid. It’s an Opel but it’s still German?


It is still produced in Germany, but the technical basis comes from the French from Stellantis. After all, how much of the new Opel Astra is still German? We tested it to find out.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Opel Astra is one of the examples of German brand symbols. After all, if we include cadethis predecessor, has 12 generations, and his origin is 1936(!).

In this new generation – Astra L — The Opel compact marks a turning point in its history: it is the first designed outside of GM and in-house Stellantis. This means that at its core we find the EMP2 platform and the mechanics used by very French models such as Peugeot 308 and DS 4.

In the face of all this, what is left of the “German genes” in Astra? We spent a week with the hybrid Astra Plug in to find out.

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Opel’s new visual language works well on the Astra. In this chapter no one confuses him with the French “cousin”. © Thom V. Esveld / Reason Cars

There is no room for confusion

Looking at the Astra, it’s clear that Opel designers have done a good job of differentiating it from its Gallic cousins. In fact, in my opinion, they did more than that: they created a more attractive, less conservative model that fully embraces the brand’s new visual language.