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2009. - 2012.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2009. - 2015.
C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4698 mm
1814 mm
1535 mm
500 liters
1550 liters
56 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4681 mm
1797 mm
1521 mm
500 liters
1478 liters
60 liters
2009 Opel Astra Sports Tourer
2009 Chevrolet Cruze SW

Engine

Opel / General Motors
1.6 Z16LET
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1598 cc
180 hp
230 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Chevrolet
1.6 E-Tec 16v
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1598 cc
124 hp
154 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1403 kg
8.8 s
220 km/h
9.0 l/100km
5.5 l/100km
6.8 l/100km
159 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1360 kg
12.6 s
191 km/h
8.7 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.4 l/100km
g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1450 kg
9.5 s
210 km/h
10.1 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
174 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
 
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s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km

Expenses

2600 EUR
Price from
3400 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Opel-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 180hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 124hp engine designed by Chevrolet.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the German car offers a marginal difference of 3% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that Chevrolet does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Opel, as well as Chevrolet, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Astra as average reliability-wise, and Cruze is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.9 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Opel is way more agile, reaching 100km/h in 3.8 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 220 kilometers per hour, 29km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (43 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Opel appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with Opel outracing its opponent in any situation possible, making it better choice for boy racers. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Opel. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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