Opel Astra 2012 vs Volkswagen Golf 2013

Opel Astra
2012 - 2016
Volkswagen Golf
2013 - 2017
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.4 Petrol1.4 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming belt
Engine chain usually needs to be replaced less often than the timing belt, but the cost of replacing the chain is usually higher. Chain motors are considered to be more reliable, but noisier and more vibration generating.


Power: 140 HP122 HP
Torque: 200 NM200 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 10.8 seconds9.7 seconds
Opel Astra engine produces 18 HP more power than Volkswagen Golf, the torque is the same for both cars. Despite the higher power, Opel Astra reaches 100 km/h speed 1.1 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.85.1
Real fuel consumption: 8.3 l/100km6.8 l/100km
The Volkswagen Golf is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Opel Astra consumes 1.7 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Opel Astra could require 255 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Opel Astra consumes 1.5 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf.
Fuel tank capacity: 56 litres50 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 820 km in combined cycle980 km in combined cycle
1030 km on highway1130 km on highway
670 km with real consumption730 km with real consumption
Volkswagen Golf gets more mileage on one fuel tank.
Ground clearance: 165 mm (6.5 inches)140 mm (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. Note, however, that this Opel Astra version does not have 4x4 drive, which is very important in poor road conditions.


Average engine lifespan: 420'000 km350'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Opel Astra engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 15 years2 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 4 other car models, including Opel Zafira, Opel Meriva, Opel Insignia, Opel MokkaUsed only for this car
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Opel Astra might be a better choice in this respect.


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`0101`880
Safety: no data

Opel Astra has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Volkswagen Golf has serious deffects in 30 percent more cases than Opel Astra, so Opel Astra quality is probably significantly better
Average price (€): 56009200
Rating in user reviews: 8.2/10 8.7/10
Pros and Cons: Opel Astra has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • higher ground clearance
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
Volkswagen Golf has
  • timing belt engine
  • more dynamic
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • roomier boot
  • better manoeuvrability
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