Opel Astra 2012 vs Volkswagen Golf 2012

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Opel Astra
2012 - 2016
Volkswagen Golf
2012 - 2017
Gearbox: Manual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD)Front wheel drive (FWD) / All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)
Opel Astra is available only with front wheel drive, while Volkswagen Golf can be equipped with front wheel drive and four wheel (4x4) drive.
Engines: 1.2 - 2.0 (petrol, diesel, lPG)1.0 - 2.0 (petrol, diesel)


Power: 95 - 180 HP85 - 184 HP
Torque: 130 - 350 NM160 - 380 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 8.8 - 14.9 seconds7.9 - 12.6 seconds
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Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 4.0 - 7.43.9 - 5.3
Opel Astra petrol engines consumes on average 1.4 litres more fuel per 100 km than Volkswagen Golf. On average, Opel Astra equipped with diesel engines consume 0.1 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf.
This comparison does not take engine capacity into account, so to compare the fuel consumption of specific engines, select the car version!
Ground clearance: 165 - 168 mm (6.5 - 6.6 inches)131 - 140 mm (5.2 - 5.5 inches)
Because of the higher ground clearance, Opel Astra can perform better on bad roads - it can go over higher obstacles and bumps. At the same time, the higher ground clearance can reduce stability and handling on paved roads, especially at higher speeds.


Length: 4.70 m4.56 m
Width: 1.81 m1.80 m
Height: 1.54 m1.48 m
Opel Astra is larger.
Opel Astra is 14 cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf, 2 cm wider, while the height of Opel Astra is 5 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 500 litres605 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1550 litres1620 litres
Volkswagen Golf has more luggage space.
Despite its longer length, Opel Astra has 105 litres less trunk space than the Volkswagen Golf. This could mean that the Opel Astra uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Volkswagen Golf (by 70 litres).
Turning diameter: 11.5 meters10.9 meters
The turning circle of the Opel Astra is 0.6 metres more than that of the Volkswagen Golf, which means Opel Astra can be harder to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): ~ 2`034~ 1`917
Safety: no data
above average

above average
Average price (€): 56009600
Rating in user reviews: 8.2/10 8.7/10
Pros and Cons: Opel Astra has
  • petrol, diesel and LPG engines available
  • higher ground clearance
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
Volkswagen Golf has
  • available with 4x4 drive
  • petrol and diesel engines available
  • lower fuel consumption
  • roomier boot
  • better manoeuvrability
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