Opel Astravan: High Comfort, Large Load Area.

Sep 30, 2010

  • Cargo area holds up to 1,579 liters
  • Seven engines available from 90 to 150 hp
  • Fuel consumption as low as 5 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers

Hannover/Rüsselsheim. If the Opel Combo is too large and the Corsavan too small for some buyers’ needs, the Astravan provides the ideal alternative: Sedan comfort for driver and passenger, compact dimensions, and a load area like a station wagon are among its wide range of qualities. Thanks to a wheelbase of 2.7 meters, it has a cargo volume of 1,579 liters, a top value in this class. The Astravan is available with six engine options, ranging in power from 90 to 150 hp.

Design and interior

Up to the B-pillar, the Astravan is a sleek sedan which then turns into a practical van – an interesting combination that gives the vehicle a lot of plus points. The long wheelbase and wide track are both striking and practical characteristics. The load area is 1.82 meters long, and, with the optional fold-down passenger seat, this can be extended to 2.7 meters. The load area width is 1.37 meters, with an impressive 1.10 meters between the wheel arches, and the available height is 90 cm. The Astravan can hold a total volume of 1,579 liters, and carry a payload of up to 550 kilograms.

Up front, the Astravan has the familiar interior of the Astra hatchback, with the same visual and tactile qualities. The rear cargo compartment is practical and durable. The rear side windows are replaced by robust, body-colored sheet metal panels.

Passive and active safety

The Astravan’s standard safety package includes front airbags for driver and passenger and seat belts with pre-tensioners and belt-force limiters. Side airbags are available as an option.

The Astravan combines impressive agility and precise handling with excellent driving safety thanks to the Interactive Driving System (IDS) chassis with front-wheel drive, McPherson front axle and a patented torsion beam rear axle. Standard equipment includes disk brakes front and rear, ABS anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electro-hydraulic power steering. The electronic stability program ESPPlus and traction control TCPlus are available as an option.

Engines and transmissions

Six turbo diesels and one gasoline engine are offered. The powerful CDTI diesels comprise a 1.3-liter (66 kW), a 1.7-liter with three outputs (74 kW, 81 kW or 92 kW) and two variants of the 1.9-liter (88 kW or 110 kW). All are combined with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the full automatic, six-speed transmission is optionally available for the 1.9 CDTI (88 kW). With such highly efficient engines, fuel consumption values as low as 5.0 l/100 km can be achieved.

The 1.4-liter gasoline engine (66 kW) is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox and features TWINPORT technology. The Astravan 1.4 requires only 6.1 liters fuel per 100 km.

Quality and Service

Customers benefit from the Astravan’s high quality, reliability and long service life. Extended service intervals (main inspection: two years/60,000 km – interim inspection: one year/30,000 km) and the low maintenance requirements help to minimize running costs. A further advantage is the two-year, new-car manufacturer’s warranty which goes beyond statutory requirements.