Volkswagen Golf 2012 vs Opel Astra 2012

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Volkswagen Golf
2012 - 2017
Opel Astra
2012 - 2015
Gearbox: Manual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
Wheel drive type: Front wheel drive (FWD) / All wheel drive (AWD, 4x4)Front wheel drive (FWD)
Volkswagen Golf is available with front wheel drive and four wheel (4x4) drive, while Opel Astra can be equipped only with front wheel drive.
Engines: 1.2 - 2.0 (petrol, diesel)1.2 - 2.0 (petrol, diesel, lPG)


Power: 85 - 300 HP87 - 180 HP
Torque: 160 - 380 NM130 - 350 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 4.9 - 11.9 seconds8.5 - 15.1 seconds
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Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 3.8 - 7.13.7 - 7.2
Volkswagen Golf petrol engines consumes on average 0.5 litres less fuel per 100 km than Opel Astra. On average, Volkswagen Golf equipped with diesel engines consume 0.3 litres less fuel per 100 km than the Opel Astra.
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Length: 4.26 m4.42 m
Width: 1.80 m1.81 m
Height: 1.45 m1.51 m
Volkswagen Golf is smaller.
Volkswagen Golf is 16 cm shorter than the Opel Astra, 2 cm narrower, while the height of Volkswagen Golf is 6 cm lower.
Trunk capacity: 380 litres370 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1270 litres1235 litres
Even though the car is shorter, Volkswagen Golf has 10 litres more trunk space than the Opel Astra. The Opel Astra may have more interior space, so the cabin could be more spacious and more comfortable for the driver and passengers. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Volkswagen Golf (by 35 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.9 meters11.5 meters
The turning circle of the Volkswagen Golf is 0.6 metres less than that of the Opel Astra, which means Volkswagen Golf can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): ~ 1`815~ 1`907
Volkswagen Golf is better rated in child safety tests. The Opel Astra scores higher in active safety technologies (stability control, lane assist, automatic braking, etc.) tests.
above average

above average
Average price (€): 88006400
Rating in user reviews: 8.7/10 8.0/10
Pros and Cons: Volkswagen Golf has
  • available with 4x4 drive
  • petrol and diesel engines available
  • lower fuel consumption
  • better manoeuvrability
  • higher children safety
  • higher ratings in user reviews
Opel Astra has
  • petrol, diesel and LPG engines available
  • better safety assist technologies
  • fewer faults
  • lower price
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