2017 Holden Astra sedan: Which spec is best?

By David Bonnici, 07 Oct 2017 Car Advice

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2017 Holden Astra sedan: Which spec is best?

Which Holden Astra sedan variant offers the best buy based on features, performance, and value?

The Astra sedan joined the Astra hatchback in Holden’s ranks in July 2017 offering more interior and cargo space and sharper pricing.

Unlike the hatch, which is built by Opel in Poland, the Holden Astra sedan is actually a rebadged Chevrolet Cruze and is sourced from South Korea.

The sedan is similarly equipped to the hatch but lacks some key features, such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) and a more powerful 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine option.

The differences are enough for Holden to give the two cars their own variant names. The sporty Astra hatch has three variants, R, RS and RS-V while the luxury hatch has four luxury focused variants LS, LS+, LT and LTZ which could cause confusion if trying to decide between the two body shapes.

VARIANTS

The entry-level LS shares the 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with the Astra R hatch. This is the only engine in the sedan range but the LS is the only variant to be offered with a choice of six-speed manual as well as six-speed automatic.

The LS also features cloth seats, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, cruise control, dusk-sensing headlights, hill-start assist, 16-inch alloy wheels and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smart phone pairing.

The LS+ is essentially the same as the LS but comes with the automatic transmission as standard and a driver assistance pack comprising forward collision alert, forward distance indicator, lane-keeping assistance and lane departure warning.

You also get leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto high-beam assist and LED daytime running lights.

The Astra LT has the LS+ additions plus 17-inch alloy wheels, rear lip spoiler, chrome-effect trims, keyless entry and start, rain sensing windscreen wipers, front parking sensors, advanced automatic park assist, heated external and blind spot warning. It also gains an upgraded infotainment system with a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen, digital radio (DAB+) and built-in satellite navigation. A 4.2-inch driver information screen in the instrument cluster is also included.

The range-topping LTZ has more creature comforts including an electric sunroof, climate control, leather-trimmed seats, heated front-seat with lumbar support, heated steering wheel, bigger 18-inch alloy wheels and chrome-look interior highlights.

  • Astra LS manual - $20,490
  • Astra LS auto - $21,490
  • Astra LS+ auto - $22,740
  • Astra LT auto - $25,790
  • Astra LTZ auto - $29,790

OUR PICK

The feature-packed LT represents good value for its mid-$20K price tag and lacks little compared with the LTZ.

AVAILABLE OPTIONS

  • Premium paint - $550